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

30th December 1917

On this day:

  • 30th Dec 1917 On Leave

  • 21st Londons depart Lavieville   At 4 p.m. Orders received for the 21st Londons to be ready to move about 6 p.m.

    At 6.15 p.m. a Brigade Operational Order is received to march to Albert & entrain for Étricourt.

    At 9 p.m. 21st London Battalion entrained at Albert.

    War Diary 21 Londons

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


    Battalion paraded at 1145 for Divine Service in the 4th Corps School Cinema hall.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-111

    Type U 93 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 280) Ordered 5 May 1916 Launched 5 Sep 1917 Commissioned 30 Dec 1917

    30 Dec 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 Hans Beyersdorff

    Career 4 patrols.
    start date unknown - 11 Nov 1918 IV Flotilla

    Successes 3 ships sunk with a total of 3,011 tons.

    • 7 Apr 1918 U 111 Hans Beyersdorff Boscastle 2,346 br
    • 28 May 1918 U 111 Hans Beyersdorff Dronning Margrethe 393 da
    • 22 Jun 1918 U 111 Hans Beyersdorff Rana 272 nw

    Fate 20 Nov 1918 - Surrendered to the USA. The boat was used for exhibitions (to sell war bonds among other things) on the New England coastline. Later used for research and finally sunk by explosives in deep water off Cape Charles, Virginia.

    There was another U 111 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 15 Sep 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 19 Dec 1940.

    John Doran

  • 30th Dec 1917 Church Parade

  • 30th Dec 1917 Counter Attack


    Exceptionally quiet. Major TWIST relinquishes command, Major IBSON takes over command of Battalion.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 30th Dec 1917 Inspection

  • 30th Dec 1917 In the Trenches

  • 30th Dec 1917 Reliefs

  • 30th Dec 1917 Patrols

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  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Patrick Beggs. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. Bert Brookes. Royal Engineers 96th Lt. Railway Operating Coy. Read their Story.
  • Sub-Lt. William A. St. Aubyn Clarke. Machine Gun Corps 223rd Coy. Read their Story.
  • Gsr. Albert Alexander William Smith Giles. MFA Ooma Read their Story.
  • BSM. Ernest George Horlock. VC. Royal Field Artillery General Base Depot, (E.E.F) Read their Story.

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