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21st October 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 October 1917

On this day:

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

    Church Parades were held in the morning and Rugby football in the afternoon (first practice). A very fine day.

    The following decorations have been awarded for gallantry in the field at Ypres on 16th August 1917:

    • Military Cross.
    • Captain T.F Given
    • Captain R.S Flood
    • Captain O.V Burrows Royal Army Medical Corps
    • Regimental Sergeant Major C.H Turner

    • Distinguished Conduct Medal.
    • 17545 Sergeant S Carvell;

    • Military Medal.
    • 13971 Sergeant J Adams, 14555 Sergeant J McCullough
    • 14720 Sergeant A Jurkington, 16117 Acting Corporal R.W Knaggs
    • 14748 Lance Corporal Whiteside S, 23926 Private Shanks C
    • 20353 Private Rogers J, 24174 Lance Corporal Jackson E
    • 22562 Private Steele G, 14154 Private Elliott J
    • 14566 Private McCormick R.J, 15864 Private Lynn W.J, 14447 Private Morton J.

    These awards were announced on 4th October 1917.

    War Diaries

  • 21st Oct 1917 9th York & Lancs to Rest Camp

  • 21st Oct 1917 Gun in Action


    Enemy TMs quiet during day. At 10.50pm enemy sent over poison TMs on South end of our frontage. During night enemy MGs fired occasional bursts.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 21st Oct 1917 Gas Test

  • 21st Oct 1917 On the Move

  • 21st Oct 1917 Reliefs

  • 21st Oct 1917 Reliefs

  • 21st Oct 1917 On the Move

  • 21st of October 1917 Enemy Strafed

  • 21st Oct 1917 Reliefs

  • 21st of October 1917 A nice fine day at the front

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Gnr. Leonard Reth Dawe. Royal Garrison Artillery 31st Heavy Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Alexander Glen. MID Northumberland Fusiliers 18th Battalion Read their Story.
  • A/Cpl. Richard Smith Gordon. York and Lancaster Regiment 8th (Service) Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. John Robert McCormack. Royal Field Artillery 330th Brigade, D Battery Read their Story.

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