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

25th September 1917

On this day:

  • Artillery in Action   9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers report from Havrincourt Wood. "Our guns were very active all early morning. There was no enemy retaliation until about 1000 when Slag Heap was heavily shelled with one direct hit on the front line causing four casualties to our men. Three Other Ranks were killed and one was mortally wounded and died the same afternoon.

    Three-hundred and four Other Ranks from the North Irish Horse joined the Battalion today with our Band playing them in to Ruyaulcourt where they were toasted right royally."

    From today the unit's title becomes the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. B Squadron, North Irish Horse had been attached to the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division in August 1915, leaving in June 1916 to form, together with C Squadron and the Service Squadron of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, the 2nd North Irish Horse. This unit was attached to X Corps until August 1917, when it was broken up. The personnel went to infantry training and eventually more than 300 of them joined the 9th Btn. the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    War Diaries

  • 15th Siege Battery suffer casualties   Six members of 15th Siege Battery, RGA, were killed on the 25th of September 1917. There were buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery.

  • 12th Londons move up for attack   12th Battalion London Regiment moved up to assembly positions on the 25th September preparatory to the attack on the ridge North East of St. Julien.

  • Gotha Night raids   The following night 15 Gothas set out, with similar results, only three aircraft reaching London. One of the bombers came down in the North Sea, probably the victim of a Sopwith 1 Strutter flown by Douglas Bell and George Williams of No. 78 Squadron.

    John Doran

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-110

    Type U 93 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 279) Ordered 5 May 1916 Launched 28 Jul 1917 Commissioned 25 Sep 1917

    22 Nov 1917 - 10 Dec 1917 Otto von Schubert.
    12 Dec 1917 - 15 Mar 1918 Carl Albrecht Kroll

    Career 3 patrols.
    22 Dec 1917 - 15 Mar 1918 IV Flotilla

    Successes 10 ships sunk with a total of 26,963 tons.

    • 24 Dec 1917 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Penshurst 1,191 br
    • 30 Dec 1917 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Zone 3,914 br
    • 7 Jan 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Egda 2,527 nw
    • 4 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Castle Eden 1,949 br
    • 7 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Vitol 2,639 br
    • 7 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Tarbetnesse 3,018 br
    • 8 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Erica 167 br
    • 9 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Nanny Wignall 93 br
    • 10 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Germaine 1,428 fr
    • 15 Mar 1918 U 110 Carl Albrecht Kroll Amazon 10,037 br

    Fate 15 Mar 1918 - Severely damaged in a D/C attack from HMS Michael and Moresby. Surfaced but sank at 5549N 0806W. 32 dead and 9 survivors.

    There was another U 110 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 25 Aug 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 21 Nov 1940.

    John Doran

  • 118th MCG in action   118th Machine Gun Company, 39th Division were in action under heavy shellfire during an operation on the 25th Sept 1917 near Cheluvelt.

  • 25th September 1917 Inter Cavalry Brigade Field Exercise

  • 25th Sep 1917 11th Sussex Relieve 9th York & Lancs

  • 25th Sep 1917 Artillery Active


    Weather continued fine. Relieved 16th WYR in line. - -----. T29 d.2.9. Relief worked out very smoothly & complete by 3.50pm. Casualties nil.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 25th Sep 1917 Preparations for Attack

  • 25th Sep 1917 In Action

  • 25th Sep 1917 Aircraft Active

  • 25th Sep 1917 On the Move

  • 25th Sep 1917 Into Position

  • 25th Sep 1917 Training

  • 25th of September 1917 Wiring party

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • 2nd.Hand. John Blackmore. Royal Naval Reserve HM Trawler James Seckar Read their Story.
  • Pte. Horace Victor Chatterley. Royal Sussex Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Patrick Cosgrove. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. James Devlin. Dublin Fusiliers 8th Batt.
  • Capt. Herbert Spencer Dickinson. MID. 5th Infantry Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles William Goodey. Royal Army Medical Corps 57th Field Ambulance
  • Rflmn. Samuel Edward Stevens. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 11th Btn. Read their Story.

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