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21st November 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 November 1917

On this day:


  • Daily Activity   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    The Battalion moved from R.3 at 1500 to enemies old lines near Lock 7 where it slept for the night in dugouts.

  • Mosquito-proof Ambulance Train on Show   “It has been said that the new ambulance train recently built by the Midland Railway Company for use with the British forces overseas – which is on public view at No. 5 platform of the Nottingham Midland Station to-day and to-morrow – is the last word in creations of this sort. And it would be difficult to find a more fitting description of this very latest addition to the army's Red Cross resources.

    This morning the Mayor and Mayoress of Nottingham Coun. and Mrs. J. G. Small, the Sheriff Coun. H. Offiler and Mrs. Offiler, the Town Clerk and Mrs. W. J. Board, formed a party who were conducted over the train by Major G. H. Follows, R.E., acting general superintendent, and Mr. Reid the carriage and waggon superintendent, on behalf of the Midland, and they were as vividly impressed by the perfection of design and completeness of equipment, as visitors at Derby and Leicester have been before them.

    The train is specially constructed for service in hot climates, being provided with a double roof, insulated against heat by an asbestos mattress with an air chamber between the double roofs. Each car is mosquito-proof, and the windows throughout are double, one of plate glass and the other of a lowered frame, covered on the inside with brass wire gauze. Each window can be manipulated independently, according to climatic conditions. Composed of 16 cars, each 54 feet long, and of a total length (excluding engine and tender) of 913 feet, and a weight, unloaded of 430 tons, the train is effectively picked out, externally in khaki, and the interior, in the main, is painted in glossy white enamel. It is vestibuled throughout, and fitted with electric light and fans, all the roofs covered with linoleum or lead, and have rounded corners. Nine of the cars are ward cars, containing 36 folding cots each; the brake and lying in infectious car possesses four wards, six beds in each, and a staff car, two kitchen cars, a pharmacy car, a personnel car, and a stores car are also provided, together with dining rooms and sleeping compartments for medical officers, sisters, and staff. The whole train was designed and completed under the supervision of Mr. Reid in the record time of 14 weeks. Large numbers of people viewed the train to-day and the proceeds are to be devoted to providing comforts for railwaymen on active service and for assisting the Red Cross Society.”

  • 21st Nov 1917 On the March

  •    ARLEUX EN GOHELLE

    Neighbourhood of B Coy HQ shelled during the afternoon. Fine day.

  • 21st Nov 1917 On the March

  • 21st Nov 1917 Ambulance Train on Display

  • 21st Nov 1917 On the Move





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rfmn. Arthur James Allan. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Mjr. John Gray Archdale-Porter. DSO 9th Lancers Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Jesse Ashforth. Warwickshire Yeomanry Read their Story.
  • Rflm. Robert Blunden. Royal Irish Rifles 15th Btn.
  • L/Cpl. William Brady. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Frederick Bryans. Royal Irish Rifles 15th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Foulkes. Manchester Regiment 1st/10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert "Roy" Graham. Royal Dublin Fusilliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. Wilfred Norman Graham. York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Alfred George Grice. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Shepherd. South Wales Borderers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.

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