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21st 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

21st August 1917

On this day:

  • Activity in Front Line   245 Machine Gun Company

    Mercatel and trenches.

    Relief postponed as gas is expected to be released in the 50th Divisional area. Issued orders for reliefs to take place on the night of 22/23rd August.

    War Diaries

  • 21st August 1917 Divisional Gas Lecture and Drill


    21st - 24th August. Battalion was relieved in ACHEVILLE SECTOR by 11th E. LANCS. Relief complete at 11.30pm. Battalion then crossed over and relieved 11th E.YORKS in the MERICOURT SECTOR relief complete at 1.0am. Order of battle after relief: 18th WYR L3 Sector. 18th DLI L4 Sector. 15th WYR in support. 16th WYR in reserve. On right 94th Bde. On left 85th CANADIANS, 12th CANADIAN Bde, 3rd Div.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 21st Aug 1917 On the March

  • 21st Aug 1917 On the Move

  • 21st Aug 1917 Assembly

  • 21st Aug 1917 Inspection

  • 21st Aug 1917 Inspection

  • 21st of August 1917 Health & Fitness

  • 21st Aug 1917 Working Parties and Training

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Christopher Dixon. Northumberland Fusiliers 2nd Garrison Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Frederick Ewen Baldwin Falkiner. MC. Royal Flying Corps Read their Story.
  • Donald McClean Jacob. 27th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Daniel McAllister. 277th Brigade A Battery Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Daniel McAllister. Royal Field Artillery 277th Bde. A Battery Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Hardy Falconer Parsons. VC. Gloucestershire Regiment 1st/2nd Btn. att 14th Bn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Richard James Price. London Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Smith. London Regiment 20th (Blackheath & Woolwich) Btn. Read their Story.

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