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31st October 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 October 1917

On this day:


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

    Havrincourt Wood, K.31.c.0.0.

    Our artillery and machine guns were active. The enemy's machine guns were more active than usual, especially from 2215 to 0030. Their machine guns were seen firing from Etna, Boggart Hole and from approx K.26.d.05.90.

    Our trench mortars dispersed an enemy patrol seen coming out of Etna. A medium enemy trench mortar was located at Vesuvius. An enemy working party opposite our R3 sector was scattered by our Lewis Gun fire and wounded were heard crying out at 0100.

    • Strength:
    • Officers Effective 74 Fighting 62 Ration 35
    • Other Ranks Effective 1,291 Fighting 1,110 Ration 713


  • 31st Oct 1917 Inspection & Drafts

  • 31st Oct 1917 Artillery In Action

  •    CAMP ECOIVRES

    Before breakfast inspection of men in fighting order. 10.0am practice Battalion attack on trenches N.E. of MONT ST ELOY Ė BRUNEHAUT FARM ROAD. Attended by GOCís Division and Brigade. A fine day.

  • 31st Oct 1917 Travelling

  • 31st Oct 1917 In Camp

  • 31st Oct 1917 Patrols

  • 31st Oct 1917 Reliefs Completed





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. Edward Bates. Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Garrison Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Francis James Burton. Australian Light Horse Read their Story.
  • Tpr. Edward Randolph Cleaver. 4th Light Horse Regiment Read their Story.
  • Cpl Charles James, William Dexter. Northumberland Fusiliers 19th Btn Read their Story.
  • Rflm. Thomas Donovan. King's Royal Rifle Corps 16th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Henry W. Webb. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Thomas Williams. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 15th Btn. Read their Story.

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