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28th March 1918On this day:
- No 3 Casualty Clearing Station No 3 Casualty Clearing Station arrived at Gezaincourt.
- Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
This party under Captains Despard, Crosbie and Dean, and 2nd Lieutenant Davison, fell back, by orders, through Hangesy-en-Santerre, Plessier, Rosainvillers, Moreuil, Mailly-Raineval, Sourdon, remaining there the night.
- 28th Mar 1918 Gas Shells
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-140
Type U 139
Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 301)
Ordered 1 Aug 1916
Launched 4 Nov 1917
Commissioned 28 Mar 1918
28 Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Waldemar Kophamel
Career 1 patrols
start date unknown - 11 Nov 1918 U-Kreuzer Flotilla
Successes 7 ships sunk with a total of 30,594 tons.
- 27 Jul 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Porto 1,079 pt
- 2 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Tokuyama Maru 7,029 jp
- 4 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel O. B. Jennings 10,289 am
- 5 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Stanley M. Seaman 1,060 am
- 6 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Diamond Shoals LV71 590 am
- 6 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Merak 3,024 am
- 21 Aug 1918 U 140 Waldemar Kophamel Diomed 7,523 br
Fate 23 Feb 1919 - Surrendered to the USA. Used for testing, sunk by US destroyer Dickerson at Cape Charles on 22 July 1921..
There was another U 140 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Jun 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 7 Aug 1940.
- U-Boat Index - WW1 SM U-117
Type UE 2
Shipyard Vulcan, Hamburg (Werk 91)
Ordered 27 May 1916
Launched 10 Dec 1917
Commissioned 28 Mar 1918
28 Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Otto Dröscher
Career 1 patrols
Successes 20 ships sunk with a total of 27,459 tons.
3 ships damaged with a total of 12,845 tons.
1 warship damaged with a total of 18,000 tons.
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Aleda May 31 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Cruiser 28 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Earl and Nettie 24 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Katie L. Palmer 31 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Mary E. Sennett 26 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Progress 34 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Reliance 19 am
- 10 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher William H. Starbuck 53 am
- 12 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Sommerstad 3,875 nw
- 13 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Frederic R. Kellogg (damaged) 7,127 am
- 14 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Dorothy B. Barrett 2,088 am
- 15 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Madrugada 1,613 am
- 16 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Mirlo 6,978 br
- 17 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Nordhav 2,846 nw
- 20 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Ansaldo Iii° (damaged) 5,310 it
- 24 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Bianca (damaged) 408 br
- 26 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Rush 145 am
- 27 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Bergsdalen 2,555 nw
- 30 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Elsie Porter 136 br
- 30 Aug 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Potentate 136 br
- 29 Sep 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Minnesota (damaged) 18,000 am
- 4 Oct 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher San Saba 2,458 am
- 27 Oct 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Chaparra 1,510 cu
- 9 Nov 1918 U 117 Otto Dröscher Saetia 2,873 am
Fate 21 Nov 1918 - Surrendered to the USA. Used for exhibitions along the Atlantic coast. Sunk on 21 June, 1921 near Cape Charles, Virginia during tests.
There was another U 117 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 22 Jul 1941 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 25 Oct 1941.
- 28th Mar 1918 Terrific Attack
- 28th March 1918 Back into Action
- 28th Mar 1918 On the Move
- NEAR ST LEGER
Battalion now dug in either side of the BOIRY RICTRUDE – AYETTE Rd approx. X30 & S25. Bn HQ on BOIRY – DOUCHY Rd 500x S of SUGAR FACTORY. 13th Y&L moved up into the line with the GUARDS DIV. A Coy 18th DLI moved up 2 ½ platoons in the line with them 1 ½ platoons in reserve with Y&L HQ. 2 attacks during the morning on GUARDS & Y&L, one succeeded in entering but was immediately ejected by counter attack. D Coy went up in support Y&L. At midday we were ordered by Brigade to move 3 companies B C & D to a position from which we should be able to deliver a counter attack in event of enemy breaking through 2nd IRISH GUARDS who held position left flank F.6.a.7.9. right flank F.5.d.7.7. Moved into position Bn HQ & BC & D Coy’s behind bank at approx. F.5.a. central. IRISH GUARDS reported Y&L retiring, advised Brigade it was only D Coy taking up new position. C.O. went to see about reported gap between Y&L & IRISH GUARDS. Found there was no gap but the line was being somewhat thinly held by IRISH GUARDS. C Coy sent up & IRISH GUARDS closed up to make room for them. 1 Coy E YORKS sent up to be used by Maj WD LOWE MC with our remaining Coy’s. B & D Coy’s for counter attack purposes. They dug themselves in 200x in our rear in the dried up bed of R COSEUL running behind BOIRY – DOUCHY Rd.
The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1
- 28th Mar 1918 Ships Sunk
- 28th March 1918
- 28th Mar 1918 Shelling
- 28th Mar 1918 In Action
- 28th March 1918 Aerodrome bombed
- 28th Mar 1918 Reliefs Completed
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Remembering those who died this day. Pte. William Ambrose. King's Own Scottish Borderers 6th Battalion Read their Story. Capt. Arthur Cyril Bateman. MM. Royal Army Medical Corps att. 7th Btn. Cameron Highlanders Read their Story. Pte. John George Boumphrey. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Harry Bullock. Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story. 2nd Lt. Bernard Matthew Cassidy. VC. Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story. Pte. George Cookson. Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Battalion 2nd Lt Herbert Victor Coombes. London Regiment 21st Btn Pte. J. T. Coxon. Durham Light Infantry Sgt. Todd Eaglesham. MM. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10th Btn. Read their Story. Sgt. Alexander Ramsay Frew. Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 13th Btn. Read their Story. Sgt. Alexander Ramsay Frew. Royal Scots 13th Btn Cpl. Frank Cecil Gardiner. Bedfordshire Regiment 2nd Bn Read their Story. Pte. Charles Thomas Goforth. Durham Light Infantry 18th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Robert Hawthorn. Cheshire Regiment 16th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Shaw John. Scottish Rifles 10th Btn. Read their Story. Sgt. Lenard Lewis Jones. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade Read their Story. Sgt. Stephen McKenna. DCM & Bar, CdeG. Royal Army Medical Corps 37 Field Ambulance Read their Story. Pte. William Newbould. Coldstream Guards Sgt. Thomas O'Neill. Durham Light Infantry 22nd Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Samuel William Parry. Northamptoshire Regt. Read their Story. Pte. Samuel Henry Pendleton. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 6th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Jeremiah Reid. Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/8th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. Horace Edward Robinson. Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Btn. Maj. Cyril H.R. Scholefield. CDG Royal Garrison Artillery 69th Siege Battery Read their Story. L/Cpl. George Shead. Essex Regiment 2nd Btn. Pte. James William Smith. Gordon Highlanders 8th/10th Battalion Read their Story. George Stephens. Seaforth Highlanders Read their Story. Gnr. William Swinhoe. Royal Field Artillery 286th Brigade, B Battery, Read their Story. Pte. Thomas John Thursfield. Yorkshire Regiment 5th Btn. Read their Story. Spr. Thomas Tooley. Royal Engineers 526th Corps Read their Story. Lt Col. Oliver Cyril Spencer Watson. VC, DSO. Middlesex Hussars 2nd/5th Btn. Read their Story. Pte. William Morris Williams. Welsh Guards 1st Btn. Read their Story. Rflmn. William Valentine Yetton. Queen Victoria's Rifles 1/9th Battalion Read their Story.
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