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

30th November 1917

On this day:

  • 30th of November 1917 Heavy Enemy Attack

  • Enemy Attack   The German plan was simply to cut of the neck of the salient by attacking on each side, with the strongest blow to come on the southern side. The blow fell at 7.30am on the 30th November, and was devastatingly fast and effective. By 9am, the Germans had penetrated almost 3 miles towards Havrincourt Wood. Byng's Third Army faced disaster, with the real prospect of several divisions being cut off in the trap. The first attack fell on the 55th (West Lancashire) and 12th (Eastern) Division on the south-eastern side of the salient. The Germans climbed the slope to re-take Lateau Wood, pushed up the complex of shallow ravines south of Banteux, moved through Villers Guislain and past Gouzeaucourt. Amongst the troops defending the artillery positions at Gouzeaucourt were the 11th United States Engineer Company. The direction of the assault was across British divisional boundaries, and the command structure rapidly broke down as the troops became mixed up.

    Three German divisions attacked to the north, supported by an intense Phosgene barrage, intending to cut the Bapaume-Cambrai road near Anneux Chapel. They were repulsed by the machine gun barrage of the 47th (London), 2nd and 56th (London) Divisions, who had relieved the 36th and 40th. No Germans reached the road. Fierce fighting continued in the southern area for Gonnelieu, Les Rues Vertes and Masnieres

  • 16th Northumberland Fusiliers into the Line.   16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers goe into line, two days before the attack, taking over from the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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


    The Battalion left Simencourt at 1400 for Gomincourt, arriving at 1930.

    War Diaries

  • 30th Nov 1917 Counter Attack

  • 30th Nov 1917 Inspection and Baths


    A much quitter day than the previous 24 hours. Enemy artillery through the day was rather quiet, only occasional shells on our trenches. During the night enemy artillery opened out sending a large number of gas shells and HE into B.10. a number were also put into the vicinity of our Batt. H.Q. Our artillery retaliated on enemy with gas shells.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 30th Nov 1917 Company Dinner

  • 30th Nov 1917 Hostile Aircraft

  • 30th Nov 1917 Enemy Attacks

  • 30th Nov 1917 Reliefs

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Rflmn. John Oram Bardrick. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Peter Birrell. Highland Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Sgt. Alfred Boyes. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 25th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Horace Arthur Burford. London Regiment 1st/16th (Queen's Westminster Rifles) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Algernon Alfred Casterton. Royal Warwickshire Regt 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick George Dancox. VC. Worcestershire Regiment 4th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Robert Wilfrid Fowler. Kings Royal Rifle Corps 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Alfred Goodwin. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Btn.
  • Pte. Charles Henry Hollington. East Surrey Regiment 7th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Joseph Oswald Leete. Royal Garrison Artillery 38th Siege Battery Read their Story.
  • Gnr. Gregor Alexander MacGregor. Royal Field Artillery 173rd Brigade, ABty Read their Story.
  • Edward Makinson. Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 5th Btn Read their Story.
  • Edward Makinson. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Cpl. Joseph Davidson McCann. Highland Light Infantry 5th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Rflmn. Walter Albert Myatt. The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own) 12th Battalion
  • Pte Tom Henry Naylor. Essex Regiment 1st Btn
  • Pte. Frederick William Ollerhead. North Staffordshire Regiment 2/6th Btn.
  • 2nd Lt. Ignatius Gerald Pearson.
  • Spr. James Peskyr. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.
  • Rfmn. Charles Richard Saward. Rifle Brigade 10th Btn.
  • Pte. George Scott. Scots Guards 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. William Scott. Royal Engineers 422nd Field Company Read their Story.
  • Cpl. John Strachan Shedden. Royal Garrison Artillery 101 Siege Battery
  • Cpl. Arthur Smith. King's (Liverpool Regiment) 1st/10th batallion Read their Story.
  • Capt. Walter Napleton Stone. VC. Royal Fusiliers 3rd Btn. att. 17th Btn Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Richard Suthon. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry 10th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Richard Suthon. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry 10th Btn.
  • Rflmn. Robert Taylor. London Regiment 1st/9th (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Sidney Charles Tyers. Leicestershire Rgt. 2/4 Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Issac Wallis. Durham Light Infantry 14th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Robert Ward. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. William Jesse Whiting. Royal Berkshire Regiment 5th Btn.
  • Pte. Charles Wilkinson. Highland Light Infantry 5th Btn Read their Story.

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