11th Battalion War Diary, July 1916
| 11th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/2403
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|Zero time 7.30 am. Battalion advanced from assembly trenches at 8 am and came under very heavy machine gun fire suffering over 500 casualties. The following officers were killed:-|
Lt Col P.W. Machell C.M.G. D.S.O., Capt R. Smith, Capt A.E. Corbett, Capt C. Brown, 2Lt A.E. Monkhouse, 2Lt J.C. Parker, 2Lt G. Coe, 2Lt G.P. Dunstan, 2Lt W.S. Paton, Lt F.A. Ruff. Officers wounded - Major P.G.W. Diggle, Capt B.C. Harrison, Capt C.P. Moore, Lieut W.A. Hobson, Lt C.H. Walker, Lt C.W. Margerison, Lt J.H. Hodgkinson, Lt M. Gordon, Lt M McKerrow, 2Lt J.R.S. Borman, 2Lt J.W. Moore, 2Lt W Green, 2Lt G. Black, 2Lt F.M. Ransom, 2Lt L. Machell.
|Battalion assisted in holding the line and found fatigues for carrying up grenades from Authuille Dump.|
|Battalion withdrawn to Crucifix dug-out.|
|Battalion found fatigues for detonating and carrying up bombs to front line.|
|Night of the 4th - 5th Battalion attached to 2nd KOYLI and marched to CONTAY WOOD.|
|Reorganising into two Coys in CONTAY WOOD.|
Battalion strength 11 officers & 480 O.R.
|Battalion marched to SENLIS and took over billets. Capt Palmer 2nd KOYLI took over command from Lt Welsh. 2Lts Brown and [?-King] 17th H.L.I. attached.|
|Battalion paraded at 8.0pm and marched to trenches, taking over part of F1 subsector. One coy in front line, and one in reserve.|
|Battalion remained in line.|
|Battalion withdrawn to Crucifix dug-outs - Lt Kirkwood RAMC relieved by Lt. Webster RAMC.|
|Battalion found fatigues for the line - Major Chamberlayne 1st DYO Lancers took over command from Capt Palmer 2nd KOYLI on the 14/7/16.|
Major Girdwood, D.S.O., N. Fusiliers took over command from Major Chamberlayne who was appointed 2nd in command on the 14/7/16.
|Battalion withdrawn to Bougencourt and billeted into huts. Battalion marched to AMPLIERS, via ACHEUX and SARTON and took over huts.|
|Divisional Commander (General Rycroft) addressed Brigade congratulating them on their achievement - Battalion paraded at 2.55 pm and marched to SUS-ST-LEGER via HALLOY - LUCHEUX and took over billets.|
|Battalion remained resting in SUS ST LEGER.|
|Battalion marched to NEUVILLE-AU-CORNET via BEAUDICOURT - ETREE - WANIN - HOUVIN - HOUVIGNEUL.|
|Battalion marched to CONTEVILLE via OSTREVILLE - BRYAS and took over billets. The following officers reported their arrival and were taken on strength of the Battalion: 2Lt D.W. Brady, 2Lt C.W. McConnon, 2Lt [?-J.H. Simcock], 2Lt H.N. Spence, 2Lt G.G. Bickers, Lt T. Story, 2Lt S.W. Wilson, 2Lt R.S. Jones.|
|Battalion marched to ALLOUAGNE, via PARNES - FLORINGHEM - AUCHEL - LOZINGHEM and took over billets.|
|Battalion remained in billets - baths and clean clothing issued. The under mentioned officers reported their arrival and was taken on the strength of the Battalion.|
Major E. Lake-Greere, Capt M.G. Nelson, Capt C.B. Dove, 2Lt C.J. Holme-Parker, 2Lt W.L. Allcroft, 2Lt H.J.S. Stone, 2Lt W.R. Gillespie.
|Church parade at 11.0 am. The Rev. Crosse presided.|
|The Battalion paraded in the morning for foot and rifle drill etc. In the afternoon for kit inspection.|
|Battalion paraded for drill in the morning under Company arrangements, and for gas helmet and iron ration inspection in the afternoon.|
|The Battalion marched to BETHUNE via PONT DE REVEILLON - CHOCQUES and took over billets.|
|Battalion paraded for physical drill and rifle exercises in the morning and the afternoon was devoted to cleaning up of equipment etc.|
|The Battalion marched to point J.6.a.7.7. For inspection by General [?-Monro] commanding 1st Army. The 14th & 97th Brigade was on parade in marching order. The Battalion was congratulated by the Army Commander on its smart appearance and steadiness on parade, and marched back to billets in BETHUNE.|
|The Battalion was attached to the 8th Division and found carrying parties for [?-HAIRPIN] and HOHENZOLLERN MINES. Headquarter of Battalion being billeted in huts in NOYELLES.|
|Carrying parties for mines.|
|Carrying parties for mines.|
[signed] G.C. Girdwood, Major
Comdg 11th 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.
- 2nd Lieutenant John Caird Parker, see: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=532291
- 2nd Lieutenant G. Coe, see: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29341/supplements/10621
- Royal Army Medical Corps.
- Duke of York Own Lancers, Indian Army.
- Northumbrland Fusiliers.
- Possibly another spelling variant for Bouzincourt.