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

18th August 1917

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberlands undergo training   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers move from Coxyde to Bray Dunes to undergo twelve days of training and assimilating new drafts.

  • Activity in Front Line   245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    Attended VI Corps Horse Show at Bihucourt, with one entry in event 18, a pair of mules.

    War Diaries

  • Gotha Daylight Raids   On 18 August 1917, The largest Gotha raid of the war was attempted, despite a warning of unfavourable weather. 28 aircraft took off and soon encountered the predicted high winds. After nearly two hours in the air they had made so little progress that Zeebrugge was still in sight. After a further hour the English coast came into sight, revealing that the Gothas were some 64 km (40 mi) off course. With barely enough fuel left to return to Belgium, the flight commander called off the attack.

    The high wind caused two aircraft to come down in the North Sea: others ran out of fuel before reaching their bases and were lost when making forced landings, two coming down in neutral Holland.

    John Doran

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-107

    Type U 93 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 276) Ordered 5 May 1916 Launched 28 Jun 1917 Commissioned 18 Aug 1917

    18 Aug 1917 - 31 Dec 1917 Wilhelm-Friedrich Starke.
    1 Jan 1918 - 31 Jul 1918 Oblt. Kurt Slevogt.
    1 Aug 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Kurt Siewert

    Career 5 patrols.
    21 Sep 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 IV Flotilla

    Successes 6 ships sunk with a total of 24,663 tons.
    1 ship damaged with a total of 1,084 tons.

    • 21 Oct 1917 U 107 Wilhelm-Friedrich Starke Epiros (damaged) 1,084 gr
    • 14 Apr 1918 U 107 Kurt Slevogt Marstonmoor 2,744 br
    • 29 Jun 1918 U 107 Kurt Slevogt Castor I 117 nw
    • 15 Aug 1918 U 107 Kurt Siewert Cubore 7,117 am
    • 18 Aug 1918 U 107 Kurt Siewert Idaho 3,023 br
    • 21 Aug 1918 U 107 Kurt Siewert Lake Edon 2,371 am
    • 24 Aug 1918 U 107 Kurt Siewert Flavia 9,291 br

    Fate 20 Nov 1918 - Surrendered. Broken up at Swansea in 1922.

    There was another U 107 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 2 Jul 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 8 Oct 1940.

    John Doran

  • 18th August 1917 Inspections

  • 18th Aug 1917 Town bombed

  • 18th Aug 1917 Orders Issued

  • 18th Aug 1917 On the March

  • 18th Aug 1917 Into Billets

  • 18th Aug 1917 In Reserve

  • 18th of August 1917 Rest and Refitting

  • 18th of August 1917 Firing at the ranges

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • L/Cpl. Daniel Brady. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • A/Cpl. Robert Breslin. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte William Eley. Rifle Brigade 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. George Richard Featherstone. South Wales Borderers 10th Battalion
  • Pte. Joseph Forster. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sgt Frederick Hobson. VC 20th battalion
  • Gnr. H. Holland. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, C Bty Read their Story.
  • Gnr. William Henry Holliday. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, B Bty Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Charles "Frank" Leinthall. Monmouthshire Regiment 2nd Btn Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. James Benjamin Maloney. Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 9th Battalion
  • Rflmn. James Benjamin Maloney. Rifle Brigade 9th Battalion
  • Pte. William James Porter. Middlesex Regiment 2nd. Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Frank Pues. Royal Irish Rifles 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alexander Shepherd. Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. James Thom. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Sgt. James Fraser Thom. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company Read their Story.

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