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



20th May 1917

On this day:


  • Relocations   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report One section of B236 Battery to Wagon Louex on relief by one section B104 Brigade. Telephone exchange for HQ Brigade established in new Headquarters at Bedford House. Capt C Egerton-Warbutton posted to A236 Battery.

    War Diaries


  • Q ship Lady Patricia lost   Q ship Lady Patricia was sunk on the 20th May 1917 in the North Atlantic, about 100 miles west of Fastnet Rock, south of Ireland. She was torpedoed by German U-46. She was a cargo ship built in 1916 of 1,370grt, armed with 1-4in and 2-12pdr guns. She was in action earlier that day with a U-boat which submerged and disappeared. Then at 19:15 she was torpedoed by "U.46" and two men killed. Still afloat, a second torpedo fifteen minutes later sank her in four minutes. He Captain, Lt Cdr George Hewett Cdr and one his officers were taken prisoner. Her complement and other casualties are not known.

  • 20th May 1917 Routine

  • 20th May 1917 Very Warm Day

  •    CAMP IN OLD NO MANíS LAND N.E. OF ROCLINCOURT A.30.c.55.

    The Battalion moved into camp East of ROCLINCOURT.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1


  • 20th May 1917 On Leave

  • 20th May 1917 Artillery Active

  • 20th May 1917 Working Parties

  • 20th May 1917 Training

  • 20th of May 1917 A Night Patrol





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rifleman Albert Clarence Bedson. King's Royal Rifle Corps 16th Btn.
  • Sgt. Robert Simon Bruce. Highland Light Infantry 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. James Richard Mayell. 222nd (Tottenham) Field Company Read their Story.
  • Pte. A. E. Nash. Army Veterinary Corps 8th Royal Veterinary Hosp. (York)
  • L/Cpl. Arthur Wanley. Durham Light Infantry 5th Battallion Read their Story.

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