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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

17th February 1917

On this day:

  • Wearside Pals Football Match   In a welcome break from routine fighting, having been in and out of the trenches for weeks. The Battalion hold a football competition and attend church in Reninghelst.

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers march South   The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers march into 4th army area, to Villers-Bocage.

  • Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report Wire cutting by A236 and B104 Batteries continued with an average of two hundred rounds a day being fired by each Battery. X47 Trench Mortar Battery fired one hundred rounds on cutting the wire.

    War Diaries

  • HMS zubian completed   HMS Zubian was a Tribal type destroyer, constructed from the bow of HMS Zulu and the stern of HMS Nubian, the work was completed on the 17th of February 1917.

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   KUK U-30 Austrian Submarine.

    Type U-27 Shipyard Ordered Launched 27th December 1916 Commissioned 17th February 1917

    17 Feb 1917 - Friedrich Fähndrich

    No flotilla information available

    Successes No successes.

    Fate Went missing after 31st March 1917.

    John Doran

  • Engineers undertake daylight raid.   106th Coy Royal Engineers join with 14RE in a daylight Trench Raid at 12.20pm Bayonets fixed and carrying explosives to blow up the dugout. The writer received a small wound to the arm going over. The 6th Bavarian Regiment had been waiting for them and a desperate fight took place. Three German Prisoners were taken in the Raid. The 7th RE were also involved but the raid was not a complete success.

  • 17th February 1917 Start of Authie Railway works

  • Trench Raid   A trench raid was carried out in conjunction with a party of the 10th Cheshire Regt. (200 in strength) the objective allotted to the Bde being the enemy's defences N and S of Factory Farm, the farm itself included. Zero hour was 10.40a.m. The enemy seemed to be taken quite by surprise and his trenches were gained with but slight loss. All objectives were seized, with the exception of Factory Farm, where stout resistance was offered. Elsewhere very few of the enemy were found. It is believed that about 20 Germans were killed in this Battalion's objective exclusive of casualties caused by shell fire. Two prisoners were taken, and no identification was secured. 1 died of wounds, 1 missing. The majority of these were caused by hostile machine gun fire, which was brought to bear upon the parties as they returned to our line.

    Unit history

  • 17th February 1917 Interviews and appointments


    Training continued. Thaw set in properly, Battalion sports held in afternoon.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 17th Feb 1917 No Mans Land Inspected

  • 17th Feb 1917 In the Trenches

  • 17th of February 1917 A Minor Operation

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Joseph James Burgess. Royal Berkshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William E. Darby. Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Batallion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Foster. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 8th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Sidney Dent Foster. Wiltshire Regiment 1st Btn Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Tom Freeman. Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt Herbert William Hennessy. MM City of London Regiment 22nd Btn
  • Gnr. Harold Hindle. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, B Bty Read their Story.
  • Rifleman George Henry Lambert. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 1st Battalion
  • Pte. Sydney George Moore. Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James William Neeham. South Staffordshire 2nd Battalion
  • Pte. Henry Owen. Devonshire Regimengt 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. William Phillips. King's Royal Rifle Corps 1st Btn. A Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Purse. Devonshire Regiment 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. George Frederick Smith. Middlesex Regiment 12th Btn.
  • A/Cpl. WIlliam John Sorrell. South Staffordshire 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Spilsbury. Cheshire Regiment 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Spilsbury. Cheshire Regiment 10th Btn. A Coy. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Reginald Severn Tonge. Royal Fusiliers 22nd Btn, Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Wright. DCM. South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion

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