100 years ago today July 1917


Follow our diary through the war years as part of our commemoration of the First World War and the events leading up to it.

Entries kindly maintained by local Historian Godfrey Thomas, author of Every one a Hero, the stories behind the names on War memorials in three local schools.

FIRST WORLD WAR, July 1917 Events

 1st   Italians repulse an Austrian advance on the Southern Front

2nd   Fighting flares on the Western Front near Lens

3rd   German forces attack on an eleven mile front near river Aisne

4th   17 killed and 30 wounded in German air raid on Harwich

5th   British forces advance in the south of the Ypres Salient

6th   The German parliament in stalemate over any peace terms

7th   A German air raid on London kills 57 and injures 195

8th   Russian forces take 7,000 prisoners in advance against Austrians

9th   Secret House of Commons debate on air raids over England

10th German forces reach North Sea at Nieuport in Belgium

11th British forces crush Turkish resistance in the Euphrates valley

12th Large Turkish rout by Arab forces in northern Arabia

13th Russian forces take 1,600 Austrian prisoners in Galicia

14th The King and Queen return from morale boosting visit to France

15th British planes bombard German positions in Ypres area

16th Naval activity between British and Germans off Dutch coast

17th Royal Family takes Windsor as family name instead of Hanover

18th German launch advance on Western Front and around Verdun

19th Heavy fighting reported from East Africa

20th Record heat of 50C (123F) halts fighting in Baghdad area

21st   Heavy artillery action in Ypres Salient

22nd British forces raid Bulgarian trenches in Struma valley

23rd Russian forces retreat on 150 mile front in Galicia

24th Russia restores death penalty on all Fronts to quell disaffection

25th Intense artillery exchanges in Aisne and Ypres areas

26th French and German governments agree policy on prisoners

27th 3,000 British merchant ships now armed

28th The Tank Corps formed in the British army

29th Fighting flares in Flanders and around Lens

30th Fighting intensifies in East Africa

31st   The Third Battle of Ypres ‘launched’ by British forces




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