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



31st May 1918

On this day:


  • May 1918 

  • USS President Lincoln sunk   The USS President Lincoln, the largest U.S. Naval vessel to be lost during the First World War, was torpedoed by the German submarine U-90, at about 9am, twenty minutes later she sank beneath the waves with the loss of twenty-six lives. Once the submarine had left the area, the lifeboats and rafts were lashed together to minimize the chances of further loss of life. During the night the destroyers USS Warrington and USS Smith arrived and took everyone on board, a considerable crowd for two ships of such modest size. Whilst en-route back to France, they encountered U-90 and attacked her with depth charges, but caused no damage. The survivors of USS President Lincoln arrived back at Brest on the 2nd of June.

  • Working Parties   9th Btn. (North Irish Horse), Royal Irish Fusiliers are at Hospital Farm in Divisional Reserve.

    Provided working party of two Companies on Green Line. Two Companies training. The whole Battalion was bathed during the day. Major R.G Kerr MC reported his arrival and assumed duties of Second-in-Command.

    War Diaries


  • 31st May 1918 Training

  • 31st May 1918 Training

  • 31st of May 1918 A Minor Operation





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Lt. Thomas Charles Gibbs. MC. Cheshire Regiment 7th Btn.
  • Sjt. Herbert Walter Hills. DCM, MID. East Kent Regiment 1st Battalion Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Norman Leach. Border Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. John Norman Leach. Border Regiment 11th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Bmdr. John Linney. Royal Field Artillery 31st Div. Ammunition Column Read their Story.
  • Sjt. Abraham Eden Todd. Durham Light Infantry 15th Btn. Read their Story.

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