11th Battalion War Diary, February 1918
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| 11th Border Regiment (Lonsdale) War Diary Transcriptions (1915—1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/2403
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|Bn. in the line on right of Belgians. Outpost line consists of series of posts. By day no movement possible in forward area. By night all men possible work on wire, improving posts etc., remainder carry food and matrerial.|
|Bn. relieved last night by 1st Dorsets, relief complete about 11.30pm. Bn. moved to BOSINGE Camp. No work general cleaning up and parade for foot treatment.|
|Church parade & Baths for ½ Bn.|
|Baths ½ Bn. Bn. moved forward into the line and relieved 1st Dorsets in the same sector as before.|
|Sector has been quiet. Wiring carried out on by night, very difficult as nights are so dark. Patrolling also very difficult on account of darkness and bad condition of ground.|
|Enemy more active with artillery & M.G.'s. C Coy relieved left Coy of 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.. Three Coys now in line C, B & D.|
|Sector quiet as usual. Hot meals arrived at night. Front post shelled.|
|Everything quiet by daytime. Wiring and working by night. Bat. complemented by Brig. Gen Blacklock D.S.O., on improvement in defences generally.|
Boche X Rds
|Billets scattered & [?]. B.H.Q. At Boche X Roads. Day spent in cleaning up. Two Coys went to Pedicurium. Large draft of officers & men joined from our 6th Battalion.|
|Lt. Col. Beasley D.S.O. Assumed command of the Bat. [?-since] Major Lowthian M.C. at disposal of O's C. Coys. Specialist training. Remainder of Bat. went to Pedicurium.|
|Coys spent day working in reserve area on M.G. Emplacements & shelters. Kit inspections.|
|Same as yesterday, Coys working round Hetsas area. Billets improved. Lewis Gunners, signallers & observers on specialist training.|
|A repetition of the last two days. Men work about six hours per day whilst specialists continue training.|
|Another day's hard work on fortifications in the neighbourhood of our billets, [?-Cormoran] Wood & [?-Laurier or Laucier] Farm.|
|Very little doing during day. At night Coys working on forward area, holding posts, laying tracks & wiring. Specialists carrying on training.|
|Working parties by night as usual. Cleaning up and kit inspections by day. [?-Seated] night operations ISLAND & VICTORY Posts. Specialist training as usual.|
Boche X Rds
|B Coy went to Pedicurium in morning. By night all Coys worked in forward area under C.R.E. except 50 men of C Coy who had volunteered for raid tomorrow night. Capt. ROSS, two other officers + 60 O.R. patrolled area over which this [?] is [?-bound] tomorrow.|
|Nothing done all day except specialist training. At night raiding party of 2 officers, 2/Lt Macrae & McDonald & 60 other ranks of C Coy, carried out raid on enemy posts in these parties. Zero hour 11PM. Heavy artillery barrage for eight minutes preparatory to advance. Right & Left Parties reached objective and penetrated 150 yds behind enemy's front system. Centre party unfortunately struck M.G. unscathed by barrage, and had two casualties, 2/Lt Macrae killed & 1 Sgt. wounded. Result :- 12 of the enemy ascertained to be dead, one M.G. Bombed & put out of action, one wounded prisoner brought in. Capt. ROSS in vain patrolled for the body of 2/Lt Macrae.|
|Relieved by 1st Dorsets. Bat. left [?-Charpentier] X Rds by trains at 7.30 & 10AM. Moved to VANDAMME CAMP near WOESTON. Relief complete 12 noon.|
|Day spent in cleaning up, improvement of billets. Camp scattered, consisting of old shelters & a few huts.|
|Coys spent day working in Battle Zone, leaving by trains at 6.45 & 9.15AM. Took over 4 A.A. Lewis Gun positions. Congratulated on account of recent raid.|
|Coys again working on [?] Line under R.E., repairing pillboxes & machine [?] defences. Specialist training as usual.|
|Same as yesterday. Men are working well on railways, shelters, etc. Specialist training as usual.|
|Church parades as usual. Local cinemas etc. patronised in afternoon. Men have been bathed, deloused, and issued with straw, paliasses and an extra blanket.|
|Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders for musketry, bombing & Lewis Gun training. Bat. played 10th A & SH at football and lost by one goal.|
|Coys working again in battle zone. Officers reconnoitred this part which we would [?-verify] in case of attack. Specialists as usual.|
|A repetition of yesterday, Coys left [?-Torrington] siding by train early in the morning. Specialists as usual.|
|Bn. working again in battle zone under C.R.E.. Specialists as usual.
[signed] R.L. Beasley, Lt. Col.
11 Border Regt.
References / notes
- National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2403
- The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
- Officers Commanding.
- From the French word, a Paliasse is a thin mattress that is usually stuffed with straw or sawdust.