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Chinese Labour Corps bakers in Caestre camp 1917, Lieutenant John Warwick Brooke. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 5891).

  • Bertram Lockley Tandy [aka Edward Ernest Bingham] is killed in action at Reincourt in France
  • The Second Battle of Gaza ends in Palestine in a British defeat and 6,444 Allied casualties
  • The first contingent of 1,086 Chinese labourers arrives at Le Havre in France. Men from northern China are recruited into the Chinese Labour Corps to fill the manpower shortage caused by the war. Many are tradesmen who are employed as railway workers, crane drivers, fitters, motor mechanics and riveters in the tank and motor corps workshops, or in the power, heating, electricity, steam, forestry, quarrying and waterfront sectors. By the end of the war the Corps would number nearly 96,000. The Forgotten Army of the First World War
  • French troops capture several villages on the Western Front including Fort of Conde, Le Teton and Auberive
  • Russian Polar explorer Admiral Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak is appointed Commander in Chief of the Baltic Fleet