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23rd September 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

23rd September 1917

On this day:

  • Patrols   At Havrincourt Wood9th Royal Irish Fusiliers diary spend another very quiet day. 2nd Lieutenant G.H Richardson and seven Other Ranks patrolled the vicinity of Wigan Copse and brought back useful information re the German wire. The enemy were not encountered and no casualties.

    9th Royal Irish Fusiliers diary WO 95/2505/2

  • 23rd September 1917 Routine

  • 23rd Sep 1917 On the Move

  • 23rd Sep 1917 Heavy Shelling

  • 23rd Sep 1917 On the Move


    Morning bright & fine. Enemy aeroplane very active in early morning but flying at high altitude. Maj. G.W. TILLY took over temporary command of 15th WYR whilst Col. TAYLOR, A/BRIGADIER (on leave). Sgt J KNAGGS & Pte R LAMB killed & wounded respectively (shell) on track leading from RED LINE to ARLEUX RD. It is supposed that the smoke caused by a cookhouse in charge of R.E. which was on track drew the hostile fire. Both men were HQ signallers. Lamb has since died. Artillery on both sides very active during the whole day.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 23rd Sep 1917 Preparations for Attack

  • 23rd Sep 1917 Orders

  • 23rd Sep 1917 In Camp

  • 23rd Sep 1917 Reliefs

  • 23rd of September 1917 Work and Relief

  • 23rd of September 1917 Work and Relief

  • 23rd Sep 1917 In Reserve

  • 23rd Sep 1917 In the Trenches

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Spr. Harold Ashmore. Royal Engineers. 250th Tunnelling Company
  • Dvr. Jacob Victor Curtis. Royal Field Artillery 187th Brigade Read their Story.
  • Pte. Adam Hastings. York and Lancaster Regiment 9th Battalion
  • Pte. Charles H. Kirman. Lincolnshire Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Bertie Mattox. King's Liverpool Regiment 13th Btn.
  • Pte. William Radcliffe. Gordon Highlanders 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry Bernard Robinson. East Lancashire Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. George Frederick Swales. Machine Gun Corps 217th Coy. Read their Story.

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