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29th March 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



29th March 1917

On this day:


  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers leave Offoy   The 16th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers leave Offoy for Matigny, where they take up billets in cellars.

  • SS Kathleen Lily lost   SS Kathleen Lily was a British steamer of 527 tons. According to Lloyd's Shipping Register of 1916/17 the captain of the Kathleen Lily is listed as J. M. G. Bury. On 29th March 1917 on a voyage from South Shields to Rouen with a cargo of coke, she was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-31 (Otto von Schrader), 2 miles east of North Cheek, Robin Hood Bay. 4 persons were lost.

    The Kathleen Lily struck the mine at 2.45 p.m. and began to sink quickly. The chief officer, the senior survivor of the vessel, reported that he was below decks when a violent explosion took place. On reaching the deck he found the Master and crew of 13 struggling to free the boats, but owing to the explosion, the bolts which held the sockets of the davits loosened and the boats and davits fell. The ship was then submerged to the main mast and all hands jumped overboard. Several mine-sweepers were soon on the scene and picked up the survivors along with the bodies of the Master and three of the crew. The Chief Officer and five crew were taken to Whitby, and four other crewmen were landed at Scarborough.

  • 29th March 1917 Route March

  • 29th Mar 1917 Impassible Roads

  • 29th Mar 1917 Under Shellfire

  • 29th Mar 1917 Sirens Sound

  • 29th Mar 1917 Reliefs

  • 29th March 1917 Raid

  • 29th Mar 1917 Training

  • 29th Mar 1917 In Reserve

  • 29th Mar 1917 Working Hard

  • 29th of March 1917 Damaged Battery





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Isaac Holt Bridge. King's Regiment (Liverpool) King's Regiment (Li 12th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Frmn. Peter Kane. SS Kathleen Lily Read their Story.
  • Pte. Edward Martin. Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion Read their Story.
  • L/Cpl Thomas McDermott. Highland Light Infantry 10th/11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Lieutenant Corporal Thomas McDermott. Highland Light Infantry 10th/11th Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Smith. Manchester Regiment 22nd Btn.

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