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



19th April 1917

On this day:


  • American Liner SS Mongolia attacked by German submarine   En-route to England, off Beachy Head in the English Channel, the American passenger liner SS Mongolia was attacked by a German submarine, which passed from her port bow to starboard quarter. The US Naval Gun Crews on board, returned fire with three 6-inch deck guns, wrecking the submarine's periscope and conning tower, forcing her to submerge and possibly resulting in her loss. This engagement was the first of US Naval personnel against the enemy.

  • Court Martial   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery provide summaries of evidence in case of Bombardier Wiseman D236 Battery, remanded for Field General Court Martial on 15th inst., taken.

  • SS Caithness lost   SS Caithness, defensively-armed was torpedoed without warning and sunk by U-52 submarine on the 19th of April 1917, 130 miles NW by N from Cape Ortegal. 47 lives were lost including Master, only 2 of the crew survived.

  • 19th April 1917 move to good billets

  • 19th April 1917 Battalion moves

  • 19th Apr 1917 Darkness Closing In

  • 19th Apr 1917 In Reserve Trenches

  • 19th Apr 1917 Holding the Line

  • 19th Apr 1917 In Position

  • 19th Apr 1917 Back in Billets

  • 19th April 1917 





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Patrick Brady. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas William Bucknall. Northumberland Fusiliers 25th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Chadwick. Norfolk Regiment 1/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Chadwick. Norfolk Regiment 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harry Cross. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 1/8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Cushnahan. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Btn.
  • Pte. Arthur Jackson. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Jackson. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Jackson. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1/4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Andrew Smith Kerr. Machine Gun Corps 157 Coy.
  • Pte. John Lewis. Dorset Regiment 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Albert Seymour Lloyd. MM. Royal Field Artillery C Btty. 78th Bde Read their Story.
  • Gnr. James E. Martin. Royal Field Artillery C Btty. 78th Bde Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Thomas McAllister. King's Own Scottish Borderer 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Driver Peter McGuiggan. Royal Field Artillery C Btty, 78 Bde. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Robert Wale. London Regiment 11th (Finsbury Rifles) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Robert Wale. London Regiment 11th (Finsbury Rifles) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Walpole. London Regiment 20th Battalion
  • Pte. John Wardrope. Northumberland Fusiliers 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Bn. Read their Story.

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