11th Battalion War Diary, January 1918

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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
TOURNEHEM
1/1/18
10pm
During morning ½ hours P.T. By each Coy., remainder of day Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders.
TOURNEHEM
2/1/18
10pm
Battalion and specialist training carried out.
TOURNEHEM
3/1/18
10pm
Brigade holiday.
TOURNEHEM
4/1/18
10pm
Battalion and specialist training during morning. Recreation during afternoon.
TOURNEHEM
5/1/18
10pm
Battalion and specialist training during morning. Recreation during afternoon.
TOURNEHEM
6/1/18
10pm
Church Service.
TOURNEHEM
7/1/18
10pm
Battalion training and inspection by C.O. During morning. Recreation during afternoon.
TOURNEHEM
8/1/18
10pm
Battalion preparations for Corps Commanders Inspection. Snowed all day, indoor lectures, inspection by Corps Commander cancelled owing to inclement weather.
TOURNEHEM
9/1/18
10pm
Battalion carried out Defensive training, Lewis Guns on range.
TOURNEHEM
10/1/18
10pm
Battalion carried out Defensive training, special attention being paid to wiring.
TOURNEHEM
11/1/18
10pm
Battalion carried out Defensive training, Lewis Guns on training.
TOURNEHEM
12/1/18
10pm
Battalion carried out Defensive training, Lewis Guns on training.
TOURNEHEM
13/1/18
10pm
Church Services.
TOURNEHEM
14/1/18
10pm
Battalion paraded as strong as possible and marched to 'B' Range and carried out firing practices.
TOURNEHEM
15/1/18
10pm
Battalion paraded on 'B' Range and carried out firing practices.
TOURNEHEM
16/1/18
10pm
Battalion paraded on 'B' Range and carried out firing practices (application 1st Class + [?-Rapid] 2nd Class).
TOURNEHEM
17/1/18
10pm
All Officers + NCOs (less CSM's)[1] paraded at J.33.a.00.00 for marking our Defensive positions, special attention being paid to Outpost Line Defence. Coys at disposal of CSM's for training.
TOURNEHEM
18/1/18
10pm
Battalion paraded to take up positions at J.33.a.00.00., as marked out on 17/1/18.
TOURNEHEM
19/1/18
10pm
All Coys on Range, Transport moved by road for LANGEMARCK AREA.
TOURNEHEM
20/1/18
Battalion left Tournehem at 4.30am and marched to Audricq, thence by train to ELVERDINGHE where Battalion detrained and marched to CARIBOU CAMP, Battalion all complete in camp by 5.30pm.
CARIBOU CAMP
21/1/18
10pm
Cleaning and improvement of camp.
CARIBOU CAMP
22/1/18
10pm
Battalion training during morning, and recreation during afternoon.
CARIBOU CAMP
23/1/18
10pm
Battalion training, C & D Coys reorganised their Coys into 4 platoons.
CARIBOU CAMP
24/1/18
10pm
Battalion training, A & B Coys reorganised their Coys into 4 platoons, Battalion also bathed.
CARIBOU CAMP
25/1/18
10pm
Battalion left for LA BERGERIE CAMP at 11.15am arriving in camp at 2pm.
LA BERGERIE CAMP
26/1/18
10pm
A & C Coys moved to WOOD 16 and TILLEUL WOOD respectively, and relieved 2 Coys of the 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshires as Brigade Reserve.
LA BERGERIE CAMP
27/1/18
10pm
A & C Coys moved forward from WOOD 16 and TILLEUL WOOD & relieved the remaining 2 Coys 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshires in the Front Line, B & D Coys left LA BERGERIE CAMP & took over the Brigade Reserve positions vacated by A & C Coys, the whole Battalion relief complete by 7pm. Night very quiet, Casualties, Nil.
IN THE LINE
28/1/18
10pm
Our Artillery opened at 4am, and strafed the enemy positions with gas shells for ½ hour, retaliation very slight, remainder of day quiet. Casualties, Nil.
IN THE LINE
29/1/18
10pm
Quiet, slight shelling round CATINAT and [?-MONDOYI FARM]. Casualties, Nil.
IN THE LINE
30/1/18
10pm
Quiet, shelling very slight. Casualties, Nil.
IN THE LINE
31/1/18
10pm
Very quiet. Casualties, Nil.
[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.
  1. Company Sergeant Majors.