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

30th July 1917

On this day:

  • Preparation for Langemark   

    Canal bank dugouts - Ypres.

    16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles - Pioneers.

    The Battle of Langemark - Preparation work. (Part of the Third Battle of Ypres).

    The Battle of Messines was only the first part of the British High Command’s plans to bring pressure to bear and clear the Germans from the Belgian coast by threatening Roulens from the Passchendaele Ridge. The Ulster Division spent the whole of July 1917 in a rest and training area and the 16th Pioneers were assigned to work in the Ypres area, initially at the rear and later in the front.

    1st July was a Sunday and churches back in Ulster were solemnly but proudly holding services to remember the events at the Somme one year earlier. For the Pioneers it was a day of moves. No. 1 Company to Wormhoudt and No. 2 Company to Winezeele. On the 2nd July No. 1 Company moved on to Boolezeele. The 3rd July was a rest and sports day for numbers 3 and 4 companies, with mule back wresting providing great amusement. Work started in earnest on the 4th July sinking wells to provide water for the large number of men and animals that would move through during the planned offensive. This work continued until the 20th July, while the other companies moved to other areas for training in rapid light railway construction.

    On the 21st July time had come for moving up into forward areas and tented accommodation for HQ, 1, 2 and 3 Companies near Poperhinge. The 23rd to 25th July was spent in clearing a channel in the moat encircling Ypres and clearing the road from Hellfire Corner to Dragoon Farm. Both tasks were subject to heavy gas shelling.

    The next five days 26th to 30th were devoted to Battalion move to Vlamertinghe with a break from engineering work and infantry preparation for the coming battle.

    The battle was not as meticulously planned as Messines and the Battalion would be working over ground it had not seen before, nor had they much time for anticipated tasks ahead as they had in the previous battle. With the 36th Division initially held in reserve they were placed under the command of the Chief Engineer XIX Corps – not the most ideal way to start a battle.

    The Terrors by SN White

  • Arrival at Mercatel   245 Machine Gun Company

    The Company arrived in Boisleux au Mont at 0430 on the 30th July and was met by the Divisional Machine Gun Officer (DMGO). They marched to a camp NW of Mercatel. Mercatel is south of Arras in the direction of Bapaume.

    The OC 245 MG Company Reported to the GOC. 150th Infantry Brigade who informed the him that his Company is to be the Divisional Machine Gun Company of the 50th (Northumberland) Division and will be attached to Divisional Headquarters and not with 150th Brigade.

    War Diaries

  • 30th Jul 1917 Reliefs

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   KUK U-43 Austrian Submarine (former German UB 43)

    Type U-43 Shipyard Ordered Launched 8th April 1916 Commissioned 30th July 1917

    30 Jul 1917 - 13 Jan 1918 Friedrich Schlosser
    7 Feb 1918 - 31 Oct 1918 Eugen Hornyák

    No flotilla information available

    Successes 1 ship damaged with a total of 4,016 tons.
    16 Nov 1917 k.u.k. U43 Friedrich Schlosser Orione (damaged) 4,016 it

    Fate Scrapped in 1920

    John Doran

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   KUK U-47 Austrian Submarine (former German SM UB47)

    Type U-43 Shipyard Ordered Launched 17th June 1916 Commissioned 30th July 1917

    30 Jul 1917 - 29 Mar 1918 Otto Molitor
    4 Apr 1918 - 31 Oct 1918 Freiherr Hugo von Seyffertitz

    No flotilla information available

    Successes 2 ships sunk with a total of 6,201 tons.
    1 warship sunk with a total of 351 tons.

    Fate Scrapped in 1920.

    John Doran

  • 30th July 1917 Appendix 3 to War Diary

  • 30th July 1917 Ongoing training

  • 30th Jul 1917 Destructive Bombardment

  • 30th Jul 1917 Lecture

  • 30th Jul 1917 42nd Divisional Sports

  • 30th Jul 1917 Training

  • 30th Jul 1917 Into Position

  • 30th Jul 1917 On the March

  • 30th Jul 1917 On the March

  • 30th July 1917 On the Move

  • 30th of July 1917 On the March

  • 30th of July 1917 Meeting the locals

  • 30th July 1917 Battle Casualty Return to 30th July 1917

  • 30th Jul 1917 On the Move

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Gnr. Archibald Adamson. Royal Field Artillery 232 Brigade, B Battery Read their Story.
  • Pte. Christopher Bowes. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Btn.
  • Rfmn. Harry Edward Bromwich. Rifle Brigade 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • James E Furniss. Royal Irish Rifles 4th Bn Read their Story.
  • Pte. Albert Edward Viall. Suffolk Regiment 7th Btn.

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