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

20th September 1917

On this day:

  • Back to Somme and Cambrai   

    16 RIR filling in German Trench near Ribecourt.

    16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    The Battle of Cambrai 1917. Back to the Somme.

    The Battalion received orders on the 19th September 1917 and next day began the journey away from the bitter salient in which they had been engaged. They moved to Vlamertighe and entrained at 0630 for the transport section and 1000 for the men. The train journey took over 20 hours and they arrived at Ytres in the Somme area at about 0600 on the 21st September. They then marched some 2 miles to a tented camp north of Bertincourt and partook in 5 days infantry training light work compared to their recent gruelling experiences in the Third Battle of Ypres.

    The area being taken over from 27 Brigade had few defence lines so the immediate task was to undertake an extensive programme of trench digging and wiring. In two nights from 28th to 30th September over 2 miles of double apron wiring was erected taking about 1300 man hours. One also has to consider the enormous task of getting about 6 tons of wire to the installation point.

    September 1917 Battalion Statistics. Strength 31st August 39 Officers 845 Men 30th September 38 Officers 790 Men Casualties. Killed/Died from Wounds. Wounded. Officers. nil. 2 Other Ranks. nil. Nil.

  • Daily Battery Activity   9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (K2) later (from 25th Sep.1917) 9th Bn (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.


    Parades as usual and working parties. A cross-country run was held in the afternoon with all available Officers and men taking part.

  • 20th September 1917 Training courses

  • 20th Sep 1917 Attack Made

  • 20th Sep 1917 Attack Made by 13th DLI

  • 20th Sep 1917 In Action


    Weather continued fine & observation very good. Our aeroplanes very active in early morning. Nothing of any importance to relate. Casualties nil.

  • 20th Sep 1917 On the Move

  • 20th Sep 1917 Heavy Fighting

  • 20th Sep 1917 On the March

  • 20th Sep 1917 Training

  • 20th Sep 1917 Attack Made

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There are:12 articles tagged with this date available in our Library

  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Remembering those who died this day.

  • 2nd Lt. Herbert William Barnett. Royal Fusiliers 26th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Tennant Best. Cheshire Regiment 9th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Henry Bond. MM. Durham Light Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Lt. John Joseph Bourke. 5th Infantry Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Nicholson Braddock. Duke of Wellingtons (West Rding Regiment) 10th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Capt. Ernest Brooks. Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 6th Btn.
  • Pte. Ernest Brown. Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Henry Cadwallader. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Harry Craddock. MM, DCM. Durham Light Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Harry Craddock. DCM, MM. Durham Light Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Francis George Crews. Hampshire Regiment 15th (2nd Portsmouth) Battalion
  • Spr. Joseph Dunmill. Royal Engineers 94th Field Company Read their Story.
  • Spr. Joseph Dunmill. Royal Engineers 94th Field Company Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John Ellis. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Joseph Ferguson. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 1/7th Princess Louise Battalion
  • Pte. Leonard Isaac Hobday. Rifle Brigade 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Rfm. Joe Willie Holdsworth. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 18th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Jones. North Staffordshire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Daniel Kennedy. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1/7 Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward George James Knight. Hampshire Regiment 15th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. David Millbank. Hampshire Regiment 15th Battalion
  • 2nd Lt. Lancelot Nicholson. Yorkshire Regiment 9th Btn. A Coy
  • Pte. Horace John Norton. MM. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 11th Bn.
  • Pte. George Henry Payne. Hampshire Regiment 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte James Platts. Northumberland Fusiliers 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • RSM. Edward Joseph Pratt. MID. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • RSM. Joseph Edward Pratt. MID. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Harold Procter. Cheshire Regiment 1/6 Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Benjamin Taylor. Northumberland Fusiliers 11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Wesley Tompkins. MM Middlesex Regiment 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Major. Frederick Tubb. VC. 7th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Mjr. Frederick Harold Tubb. VC. Australian Infantry 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Sgt. Robert Bransby White. MM. Durham Light Infantry 13th Btn. Read their Story.

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