11th Battalion War Diary, December 1917

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  11th Border Regiment (Lonsdale) War Diary Transcriptions (1915—1918)
The National Archives WO/95/2403   
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
WURST FARM
1.12.17
After resting all day the Batt. moved from WURST FARM at 8.55 and took up forming up positions on The [?] prior to the attack.
WESTROOSEBEEK AREA
2.12.17
The Battalion made a night attack on the German positions South of WESTROOSEBEEK in conjunction with remaining units of 97th Infantry Bde and 2 units of the 96th Infantry Bde. Zero hour 1.55am. The battalion took its objectives but the two leapfrogging Coys fell back before dawn onto subsidiary objectives which were held all day until the enemy launched a counter attack at 4.30pm and the battalion fell back onto the old line.
WESTROOSEBEEK AREA
3.12.17
Activity normal throughout the day on both sides. The battalion was relieved at midnight by the 5/6 Royal Scots, 14th Infantry Brigade. Casualties for the whole action were Capt. J. Benson killed, Capt. A. Sandeman killed, Capt. P.M. Martin killed, 2/Lt Richardson killed, 2/Lt J.M. Jamie wounded.
2/Lt Fell, Hotchkiss, Capt. McConnan, 2/Lt Maltby, 2/Lt Ridgeway missing. 2/Lt McDuff killed, 2/Lt Duff.
BRAKE CAMP
DAMBRE AREA
4.12.17
The Battalion moved from the line to HILL TOP FARM where hot food was given. It entrained at ST JEAN STN for DIRTY BUCKET CORNER at 9.30am arriving BRAKE CAMP 12 noon.
BRAKE CAMP
5.12.17
Reorganisation. Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
BRAKE CAMP
6.12.17
Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
BRAKE CAMP
7.12.17
Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
BRAKE CAMP
8.12.17
Coys at disposal of Coy Cmrs. Brig. Gen. C.A. Blacklock D.S.O. addressed the battalion at 10.0am.
DAMBRE CAMP
9.12.17
The battalion moved from BRAKE CAMP to DAMBRE CAMP at 11.0am arriving 1.0pm.
DAMBRE CAMP
10.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
11.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
12.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
13.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
14.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
15.12.17
Battalion training.
DAMBRE CAMP
16.12.17
Church parade during morning – reorganisation and completing of equipment during afternoon.
DAMBRE CAMP
17.12.17
Battalion moved to WURST FARM by train leaving TROIS TOURS at 2pm, arrived WURST FARM 4pm, relieved 2nd BN. Inniskilling Fusiliers.
WURST FARM
18.12.17
Battalion on working parties etc., casualties 2 O.R.
WURST FARM
19.12.17
Battalion on working parties etc.
WURST FARM
20.12.17
Battalion moved into front line and relieved 17th H.L.I., relief quiet and complete at 12 midnight, casualties 4 O.R.
In the Line
21.12.17
Situation quiet.
In the Line
22.12.17
Situation quiet. Capt. J Cook Gray, M.C. Killed, 1 O.R. Killed.
In the Line
23.12.17
Situation quiet. 2/Lt W. McKinlay wounded, Battalion relieved by 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt., relief complete at 11pm. Battalion on relief proceeded to WINNIPEG and entrained for TROIS TOURS, where battalion detrained and marched to SIEGE CAMP, battalion present in camp by 5am 24/12/17.
SIEGE CAMP
24.12.17
Battalion cleaning up etc.
SIEGE CAMP
25.12.17
Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders during morning. Battalion attended Burial Service of Capt. J. Cook Gray, M.C., during afternoon.
SIEGE CAMP
26.12.17
Physical training and musketry during morning, remainder of day Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
SIEGE CAMP
27.12.17
Battalion bathed during morning, remainder of day Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
SIEGE CAMP
28.12.17
Battalion training.
SIEGE CAMP
29.12.17
3 Coys on working parties in forward area, remaining Coy improving and cleaning camp.
SIEGE CAMP
30.12.17
Battalion entrained at ELVERDINGHE and detrained at AUDRICQ, and then proceeded by march route to TOURNEHEM, arriving 1am 31/12/17.
TOUREHEM
31.12.17
Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders, cleaning of billets and reconnoitring training grounds.
[signed] J.B. Lowthian, Major
Commanding 11th Border Regt.

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2403
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.