11th Battalion War Diary, June 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
VILLERS-
BRETTONEUX
1/6/17
10pm
Reveille 3am Battn (less one Coy) commenced entraining at 4.45am Trains left at 5.45am route to STEENBECQUE via ABBEVILLE – ETAPLES – BOULOGNE – CALAIS – HAZEBROUCK and arrived STEENBECQUE at 4pm.

Commenced to march to NEUF BERQUIN - DOULIEU area at 5pm via MERVILLE arriving 11pm.

NEUF-
-BERQUIN
2/6/17
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Battn remained in billets resting & cleaning up generally.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
3/6/17
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  do----------do-----------do-----------do----------do-----------do.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
4/6/17
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Battn on physical exercise before 8am training in Musketry, fire control etc during morning.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
5/6/17
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  do------------do-------------do-------------do. Inspection in billets by Div Commander Maj. General STUART-WORTLEY in morning.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
6/6/17
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Battn on physical exercise before breakfast. General training in musketry, fire control & handling of men by Junior N.C.O.’s. Afternoon C.O.’s conference for Officers.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
7/6/17
10pm
Battn stood to in billets ready to move up to reinforce 2nd Anzac Corps in attack on OOSTAUVERN lines.
NEUF-
-BERQUIN
8/6/17
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Battn standing to.
NEUF-BERQUIN
9/6/17
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Battn continued training near billets. Recreation & Musketry competition in afternoon.
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10/6/17
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Battn Church Parade at 11.15am.
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11/6/17
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Battn training. Recreation etc.
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12/6/17
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Battn route march of 8 miles. Recreation etc.
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13/6/17
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Battn training etc.
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14/6/17
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Reveille 4.45am. Battn moved off at 7.12am to GODWAERSVELDT via CAESTRE arriving 11.30am.
GODWAERSVELDT
15/6/17
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Coys at disposal of Coy Commanders for inspections etc.
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16/6/17
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Reveille 3am. Battn marched to busses and embossed at 7am proceeded to ST POL S/M near DUNKERQUE arriving at 1pm.
ST. POL. S/M.
17/6/17
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Church Parade at 10am.
ST. POL. S/M.
18/6/17
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Battn marched to sands north of MARDYCK for attack practice and bathing.
COXYDE
19/6/17
10pm
Battn entrained at DUNKERQUE at 11am. Detrained at COXYDE at 1.30pm. & marched to Camp JEAN BART in sand dunes.
OOSTE-
-DUNKERQUE
20/6/17
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Battn marched from COXYDE at 8am to OOSTE DUNKERQUE arriving at CAMP GALLIMARD 9.30am.
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21/6/17
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Battn training under Coy Cmdrs. Recreation.
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22/6/17
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  do-------------do--------------do--------------do.
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23/6/17
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  do-------------do--------------do--------------do.
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24/6/17
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Church Parade in sand dunes at 10am. Period shooting in afternoon.
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25/6/17
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Working parties totalling 107 found for various works. Remainder of day spent in training.

Moved from Camp GALLIMARD to CAMP RIBIALLET at 9.30pm.

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26/6/17
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Moved from Camp RIBIALLET to NEW TRENCH & PARADE at 8.30pm. NIEUPORT.
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27/6/17
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Working parties up to line during night. Strengthening temporary breastworks.
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28/6/17
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Working parties up in line during night. Commenced to build O.P.
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29/6/17
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Commenced to relieve 17th HLI at 10pm. Relief complete at 12.50am.
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30/6/17
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Patrol examined wire in M.22.b.1.6. Day exceptionally quiet.
A.C. Girdwood, Lt Col.
J. Malley-Martin, 2/Lt.

References / notes[edit]

  • Transcription 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.