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20th August 1917 - The Great War, Day by Day - The Wartime Memories Project

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

20th August 1917

On this day:

  • Activity in Front Line   

    Divisional Positions of all Machine Guns by Company

    245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    Received orders from DMGO that post S3 need not be occupied. Posts occupied by the Company on the night of 20/21st were S4, 5 ,6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and S12.

    All guns were in position by 0600 21st August, according to the Divisional Letter.

    A map was issued showing the positions of all machine guns in the Divisional Sector and how they were divided amongst the Companies.

    War Diaries

  • 20th August 1917 Ongoing training


    Gas projected on FRESNOY & ACHEVILLE at 12.30am. Over 1000 bombs each containing 30lbs of gas. Retaliation very light.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 20th Aug 1917 Enemy Aircraft Downed

  • 20th Aug 1917 Preparations

  • 20th Aug 1917 Reliefs

  • 20th Aug 1917 On the March

  • 20th Aug 1917 Training

  • 20th of August 1917 Early morning run

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • PO. Matthew Rosevere Davey Burnard. HMS E47 Read their Story.
  • Pte. Felix Sayer Holme. Cheshire Regiment 15th Battalion (Bantams) Read their Story.
  • Pte. Elijah Jane. Durham Light Infantry 19th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William McLoughlin. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Edward Mee. Leicestershire Regiment 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. A. Mitchell. Lancashire Fusiliers 1/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Roffe. Royal Fusiliers 11th Batallion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Wicks. Royal Berkshire 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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