11th Battalion War Diary, June 1916

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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
BOUZINCOURT
1/6/16
Batt in Divisional Reserve. Working parties for R.E.[1] etc.
BOUZINCOURT
2/6/16
Batt in Divisional Reserve. Working parties for R.E. etc.

2Lts W.S. Paton, G. Black, taken on strength of Batt.

BOUZINCOURT
3/6/16 & 4/6/16
Batt in Divisional Reserve. Working parties for R.E. etc.
BOUZINCOURT
5/6/16
Batt in Divisional Reserve. Working parties for R.E. etc.

Party under Lt Barnes raided German trenches opposite R.31.1.
Zero time 11PM.
Casualties:- Lt Barnes and 5 O.R. Killed, 27 O.R. wounded, 1 O.R. wounded and missing.
11 German prisoners captured.

SENLIS
6/6/16
Battalion moved into billets in Senlis.
SENLIS
7/6/16
[empty entry - presume nothing of importance happened on this day]
SENLIS
8/6/16
Divisional exercise on morning of 8TH Battalion bivouacked the night of 7TH - 8TH in BAVELINCOURT WOOD.
SENLIS
9/6/16 to 11/6/16
Batt training.
CONTAY
12/6/16
Divisional Exercise. Battalion returned to billets in Contay.
CONTAY
13/6/16 & 14/6/16
Batt training.
CONTAY
15/6/16
Divisional Exercise.
CONTAY
16/6/6 to 18/6/16
Batt training.
CONTAY
19/6/16
Bge Exercise.
CONTAY
20/6/16
Draft: - 5 other ranks.
CONTAY
21/6/16
Divisional Exercise. 1 O.R. wounded (self-inflicted).
CONTAY
22/6/16
The Batt moved to billets at BOUZINCOURT, arriving 12.30 AM 23/6/16.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
23/6/16
Batt left BOUZINCOURT for the trenches, taking over from the 2ND MANCHESTER Regt at 12.30 AM 24/6/16.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
24/6/16
Our 18 pounders commenced to cut the enemy wire at 5.30 AM and continued during the day.

Enemy retaliation practically nil.
Gas raid on night 24-25 did not come off owing to unfavourable wind.

AUTHUILLE SECTOR
25/6/16
Our guns bombarded the German lines continuously. German retaliation very heavy during the afternoon.

Casualties, 1 O.R. wounded, 2 O.R. shell shock.

AUTHUILLE SECTOR
26/6/16
Continuous bombardment by both sides. We let off gas at 2.30 PM with apparent success. The 2ND KOYLI[2] commenced to relieve us at 9.30 PM. Relief complete at 12.40 AM 27TH. 2 O.R. killed, 30 O.R. wounded, 9 O.R. shell shock.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
27/6/16
Bombardment continued. Batt using SAA[3], grenades etc.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
28/6/16
Zero time postponed for 48 hours. Our artillery bombardment less intense.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
29/6/16
Our artillery bombardment less intense. German retaliation slight.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
30/6/16
Batt moved up to assembly trenches at 10 PM.
[signed] C.W. Margerison Lt.

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. Royal Engineers.
  2. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
  3. Small Arms Ammunition.