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



26th September 1917

On this day:


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

    Havrincourt Wood.

    Uneventful day. Ten Other Ranks proceeded to Divisional Signalling School for a course.

    In a football match in the afternoon at Transport lines, we defeated a team picked from the North Irish Horse draft by 2–1.

  • 12th Londons in action   Following a heavy artillery barrage on the morning of the 26th September at 0530hrs ‘B’ Company of the 12th London’s advanced with the 2/9th London’s (Queen Victoria Rifles). The 2/9th found it difficult to maintain the correct direction due to heavy fog, boggy ground and taking heavy casualties through fire from a German trench and machine guns in a nearby pillbox. They pressed on, neutralising both positions, however they stopped a quarter of a mile short of their objective. ‘B’ Company of the 12th Londons took their objective but having failed to make contact with the 2/9th Battalion were forced to pull back to secure its flanks.

    C Company 12th Londons, led by Captain Hardy went over the top at 0611hrs and were tasked with attacking an enemy pillbox positioned on the ridge. After a sharp fight captured the German pillbox, together with numerous prisoners. The action of Rifleman Ratcliffe was noted as exceptional, having found himself in charge of the remnants of No 10 Platoon, being one of only four survivors, he collected a few men who had strayed from another Battalion (possibly 2/9ths), including a Company Sergeant Major and a Lewis Gun party and took up a position covering the flank of his Company. Together with the remaining No 10 Platoon men this disparate group held the flank with the aid of a captured German machine gun. Rifleman Ratcliffe was awarded the Military Medal for this action.

  • Zeppelin LZ102 takes to the air   Zeppelin LZ102 (L57) was a W Class craft which first flew on 26th September 1917. It was not used in combat but was intended for use in Africa. It was damaged beyond repair by a heavy wind on the 8th October 1917.

  • 26th September 1917 Training and inspections

  • 26th Sep 1917 8th East Yorks Attack

  • Battle of Polygon Wood Begins   The Battle of Polygon Wood, part of the Third Battle of Ypres began on the 26th of September 1917

  • 26th Sep 1917 Air Action at The Battle of Polygon Wood

  • 26th Sep 1917 9th York & Lancs Inspected

  • 26th Sep 1917 Artillery on Programme

  • 26th Sep 1917  Transport Issues

  •    IN LINE

    Night very quiet. Night patrols reported our wire very strong. A little shelling of our front line in early morning. Situation very quiet. Pte. E G GIBBON wounded machine gun bullets in the arm.

  • 26th Sep 1917 Attack Made

  • 26th Sep 1917 In Action

  • 26th Sep 1917 In Action





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. James Booth. Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment 8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Andrew Bouglas. Royal Scots 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Martin Callaghan. Yorkshire Regiment 6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. James Carnegie. Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Charles Edward Couchman. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. William Craven. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Edward Gledhill. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. William Key Griffith. London Regiment 1/12th (The Rangers) battalion Read their Story.
  • Rfmn. William Hoyle. London Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Kimber. Royal Welsh Fusliers 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Arthur Ernest Kind. Hampshire Regiment 14th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Matthew Lowery. Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Michael Mallon. Machine Gun Corps 207th Coy. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Martin. Highland Light Infantry 9th Glasgow Btn. Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl. John William "Jack" Potts. 175th Machine Gun Corps Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl John Richard Read. Leicestershire Regiment 2nd/5th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Shearon. Worcestershire 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Todd. Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, C Company. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Glyn Waters. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 17th Btn. Read their Story.

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