11th Battalion War Diary, March 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
LE QUESNEL
1/3/17
10pm
Battn in billets at LE QUESNEL as Brigade Reserve. Preparations being made prior to marching for Line. At 1pm Battn paraded & marched off by companies & relieved 2nd R. Insk. Fus. in Support Line KUROPATKIN.

Major Chamberlayne joined the Battn & took over as Second in Command.

KUROPATKIN
2/3/17
10pm
Battn as support in the Intermediate Line (KUROPATKIN). Working parties in the trenches.
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3/3/17
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RE Working parties supplied, also improvement & cleaning out of trenches.
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4/3/17
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RE Working parties supplied, also improvement & cleaning out of trenches.
NEY SECTOR opposite FOUQUESCOURT
5/3/17
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Battn went into Front Line System and relieved 17th HLI. Relief complete 11pm. Slight activity of enemy with TM’s and Aerial Darts.
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6/3/17
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Battn in line. Patrols sent out. Clearing of trenches carried on.
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7/3/17
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Battn in line. Patrols sent out. Clearing of trenches carried on.
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8/3/17
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Battn in line. Battn was relieved by 17th HLI & withdrew to KUROPATKIN as Support.
KUROPATKIN
9/3/17
10pm
Battn in Support Intermediate Line. Working parties for RE. Discussion for proposed raid on Enemy Trench.
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10/3/17
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Raid decided on & party of volunteers chosen. Party withdrew out of line to BEAUCOURT to practice for Raid.
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11/3/17
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Battn & RE working parties in trenches.
NEY SECTOR
12/3/17
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Battn & RE. Working parties during the day. Battn relieved 17th HLI in front line trenches.
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13/3/17
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Battn holding Front Line. Patrols sent out. Preparations made for Raid.
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14/3/17
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Raid cancelled. Battn was relieved by 17th HLI. Relief complete 3.15am. Battn lost one patrol of Serjt. & two men taken prisoner.
LE QUESNEL
15/3/17
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Working parties supplied. Battn spent day in general clean up.
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16/3/17
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Battn in Brigade in reserve. Parades of training and working parties.
ROUVROY
17/3/17
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Retirement of German Army. The Division moved forward & Battn paraded in Fighting Order & marched to ROUVROY and remained there the night.
HATTENCOURT
18/3/17
10pm
The German continued his retirement followed by French on Divisions right. Division moved forward two Brigades in front one in Reserve.

Battn moved to old German Front Line South of FOUQUERSCOURT. Worked on roads & bridged trenches to allow Artillery and Transport to pass. At 3.30pm Battn moved forward to HATTENCOURT & remained there.

HERLEY
19/3/17
10pm
Division continued its advance & Battn marched to HERLEY which was completely destroyed by retiring enemy. Battn remained there the night.
NESLE
20/3/17
10pm
Battn marched to NESLE. Leaving HERLEY 9am & arrived in NESLE 11am & billeted there.
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21/3/17
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Battn remained in NESLE. Working parties on roads & bridges destroyed by enemy. Craters on Cross Roads filled in.
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22/3/17
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Working parties on Bridges, roads etc. Guards & piquets supplied, remainder Battn Bathed.
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23/3/17
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Battn paraded and marched to points WEST of ROUY & there dug strong points i.e. the ground for such was marked out.
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24/3/17
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Battn paraded and marched to ground WEST of ROUY & there dug strong points. Each Company digging one of 32 Fire Bays.
NESLE
25/3/17
10pm
Battn, all but one Company paraded & marched to dig on Strong Points.
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26/3/17
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Battn, all but one Company paraded & marched to dig on Strong Points.
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27/3/17
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Battn supplied RE Working parties on Roads and Bridges.
FORESTE
28/3/17
10pm
Battn paraded fighting order & marched EAST leaving NESLE 12 noon & passing through VOYENNES to TOULLE arriving there 3.30pm. halted 3 hrs. At 6.45 Battn continued march to ground NORTH of GERMAINE & dug trenches 700 yds frontage, facing eastwards.
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29/3/17
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Battn rested during the day & continued digging during the night. One Company dug out posts at VAUX and another at ETREILLERS.

(Ref. map sheet 66D in St Quentin)

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30/3/17
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Battn remained in Billets during the day. Orders received that Battn would attack the village of SAVY.
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31/3/17
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Operation Orders received for attack.
Stuart D, WEBB 2Lt
I.O. 11th Border Regt.
A.C. GIRDWOOD, Lt Col
Cmdg 11th Border Regt.

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.