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27 March 1917

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  • William John Rae is killed in action in Palestine
  • The Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) is officially disbanded. Formed in Melbourne in February 1915, the 1st RANBT was a horse drawn engineering unit attached to the Royal Naval Division serving as infantry on the Western Front. The train built jetties and berthing facilities at Gallipoli, and later served in the Suez Canal zone and Sinai. The men of this unit are transferred to the AIF, RAN, RN, or return to Australia for discharge.
  • British forces on the Western Front attack north-east of Bapaume and occupy villages north-east of Peronne
  • French troops reach St Gobain Forest and, north of Soissons, the Aisne-Oise Canal
  • Allied troops take 950 Turkish prisoners following two days’ fighting at Gaza