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

31st May 1917

On this day:

  • 31st May 1917 Night Attack

  • Wire Cutting   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery Wire cutting by A236 and C236 Batteries. Night firing by B236 Battery and registration by all Batteries for raid, which is to take place immediately South of Canal. One driver C236 Battery was killed.

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-98

    Type U 93 Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 262) Ordered 15 Sep 1915 Launched 28 Feb 1917 Commissioned 31 May 1917

    31 May 1917 - 24 Nov 1917 Curt Beitzen.
    25 Nov 1917 - 21 Dec 1917 Oblt. Walter Strasser.
    22 Dec 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 Rudolf Andler

    Career 5 patrols.
    9 Sep 1917 - 11 Nov 1918 IV Flotilla

    Successes 3 ships sunk with a total of 1,799 tons.
    1 ship damaged with a total of 5,430 tons.

    • 24 Mar 1918 U 98 Rudolf Andler Anchoria (damaged) 5,430 br
    • 26 May 1918 U 98 Rudolf Andler Janvold 1,366 nw
    • 14 Jul 1918 U 98 Rudolf Andler Maurice 164 fr
    • 31 Jul 1918 U 98 Rudolf Andler Alkor 269 nw

    Fate 16 Jan 1919 - Surrendered. Broken up at Blyth in 1919-20.

    There was another U 98 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 Aug 1940 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 12 Oct 1940.

  • 31st May 1917 Routine

  • 31st May 1917 Under Shellfire

  • 31st May 1917 On the March

  • 31st May 1917 Enemy Active

  • 31st May 1917 On the March

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Bmdr. William Henry Jaundrill. Royal Garrison Artillery 113th Heavy Bty. Read their Story.
  • RQMs. Frederick Wright. Northumberland Fusiliers 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Read their Story.

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