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20th February 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 February 1917

On this day:

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers on the march   The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers march from Camon, Amiens towards Beaufort, along the Amiens-Roye road.

  • Daylight Raid   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report 18 pounder Batteries continued rigorous wire cutting in the morning as did Trench Mortar Battery. Much damage has been done and many gaps made in the enemy's defences. At 1700, Zero Time, a large daylight raid was carried out on the Right Brigade front of 47th Division. A dummy raid was made by explosion of mines and bombardment on the Hill 60 sub sector at the same time. All Batteries of Left Group barraged southern boundary of said area and cease fire took place at approx 1925. Raid highly successful with one hundred and thirteen prisoners and four machine guns being gained by 6th Battalion (City of London Rifles). 2/Lt M O Haskell A235 Battery (attached HQ) acted as liaison officer with raiding party. 6600 rounds of 18 pounder ammunition, 1100 rounds of 4.5 inch Howitzer and 450 rounds of 2 Trench Mortar ammunition were used by Left Group in the raid operations from 13th inst. onwards.

    War Diaries

  • 20th February 1917 Inspections

  •    COUIN

    Marched from BEAUVAL to huts at COUIN very wet heavy and long march.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 20th Feb 1917 Patrols

  • 20th Feb 1917 Artillery Active

  • 20th Feburary 1917 Punishment Meted Out

  • 20th of February 1917 Camouflet Blown

  • 20th May 1917 Change of Group

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Frederick Chant. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 6th Btn.
  • Pte. Ernest Victor Ferguson. Machine Gun Corps 29th Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Brown Fish. Middlesex Regiment 11th Battalion Read their Story.

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