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31st December 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

31st December 1917

On this day:

  • 21st Londons under canvas   By 6.30 a.m. on the 31st of December 1916 the 21st Battalion, London Regiment are under canvas in camp near Étricourt. But at 12 midnight an Operational Order is received for the Brigade to move into Camp in the Lechelle area.

    War Diary 21 Londons

  • Parades and demonstration.   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers are at Boves. Battalion paraded under Company arrangements at 0930, principally for kit inspections. Demonstration by 4th Corps School of the improved musketry instruction at 1000. One Officer and one NCO per Company attended also the Intelligence Officer. Route march in the afternoon, parade ready to move off at 1400.

    War Diaries

  • 31st Dec 1917 Training


    Very quiet. Rather warmer. Three shells 15cm dropped near TUNNEL DUMP.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 31st Dec 1917 On Leave

  • 31st Dec 1917 Working Parties & Baths

  • 31st Dec 1917 In the Trenches

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  • Ldg.Sea. Thomas Simpson "Simmie" Luther. HMS Nelson

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