11th Battalion War Diary, January 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
PUCHVILLERS
1/1/17
Battn carried out General Training and Bombing.
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2/1/17
Working parties supplied and General Training.
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3/1/17
Working parties supplied and General Training.
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4/1/17
Brigade Field Day. Battn carried out practice ‘Stunt’ advancing through Puchvillers attacking a supposed position.
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5/1/17
General Training and Bombing.
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6/1/17
One Company (A) left Puchvillers in lorries to BUS & marched from there to CORCELLES & proceeded to trenches in support in C 3 SECTOR.
CORCELLES
7/1/17
Battn paraded full marching order & left in lorries for BUS & marched to CORCELLES arriving 3.30 p.m. having left 12 noon.
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8/1/17
Battn in billets CORCELLES. Supplied working parties in trenches.
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9/1/17
Gen. Jardine visited billets. Battn supplied carrying & working parties in trenches.
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10/1/17
Battn paraded & left billets by companies relieving 17th HLI in trenches in C 3 SECTOR (SERRE).
TRENCHES SUB SECTOR C3
11/1/17
Battn occupying front line with 3 companies and one Coy in Support. Enemy actively shelled system of trenches.
CORCELLES
12/1/17
Battn in line. Enemy Artillery very active. At 2.30 p.m. our front line Systematically bombarded. Heavies in rear areas. Communications with Companies and Brigade cut. 4.30 p.m. enemy barrage open up. During evening he quietened down. Our Artillery effectively replying.

Battn was relieved by 17th HLI and went to billets in CORCELLES.

CORCELLES
13/1/17
Battn in billets supplied working parties as when carrying in trenches. One Company remained at COLINCAMP for working party & one Company in trenches O.P. Dugouts.
BUS
14/1/17
Battn paraded and marched to BUS except one Company at COLINCAMPS.
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15/1/17
    "      in BUS. Supplied working parties.
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16/1/17
    "      in BUS. Supplied working parties.
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17/1/17
    "      in BUS. Supplied working parties. Operation Orders received.
MAILY MAILLET
18/1/17
Battn left BUS at 1.45 p.m. arriving MAILLY MAILLET 3 p.m. and went into billets.
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19/1/17
Battn in billets. One Officer per Coy went to trenches & remained in line. C.O. and 5 other Officers visited line prior to relieving 2nd Gordons.
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20/1/17
Battn received Operation Orders to trenches & left MAILLY MAILLET at 3.30 p.m. & relieved 2nd Gordons in SECTOR R 1 (Beaumont Hamel).
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21/1/17
Battn in trenches R 1 SECTOR (Beaumont Hamel).
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22/1/17
Battn in trenches R 1 SECTOR (Beaumont Hamel). One company in reserve STATION ROAD, one in support and two in front line.
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23/1/17
Battn in trenches R 1 SECTOR. Point 28 was occupied & a post established there. Patrols sent out during night.
LYTHAM CAMP
24/1/17
Battn was relieved by 17th HLI & proceeded to LYTHAM CAMP P.17.a.57.
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25/1/17
Battn in LYTHAM CAMP.
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26/1/17
Battn in LYTHAM CAMP.
SECTOR R2
27/1/17
Battn proceeded to BEAUMONT HAMEL & relieved 2nd KOYLI in SECTOR R 2.
R2 SECTOR
28/1/17
Battn in trenches R 2 SECTOR. During previous evening Patrols sent out to K 36 c 29 reporting enemy there.
BEAUMONT HAMEL
29/1/17
Battn in line. Relieved at 6.30 p.m. by 17th HLI & went to dug outs in BEAUMONT HAMEL. Working Parties. C.O. and Officers went over works (defences at B.H.)
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30/1/17
Battn in Dug Outs BEAUMONT HAMEL. Stood to at 2 a.m.
R1 SECTOR
31/1/17
Battn in Dug Outs BEAUMONT HAMEL. Took over SECTOR R 1 relieving 16th HLI. C.O. went to interview Gen. Jardine.
[signed] Stuart D. Webb, 2/Lt.
A.C. GIRDWOOD Lt-Col.

References / notes[edit]

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