11th Battalion War Diary, May 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
CONTAY WOOD
1/5/16 to 5/516
Divisional Bge manoeuvres.

Batt training.
Small daily working parties.
Draft of 21 other ranks [5/5/16].

CONTAY WOOD
6/5/16 to 13/5/16
Divisional & Bge manoeuvres. Draft of 50 other ranks.

Batt training.
Small daily working parties. 2Lt Brown, C Coy left the batt and returned to England.
Batt out of isolation [13/5/16].

CONTAY WOOD
14/5/16
Batt training.
CONTAY WOOD
15/5/16
Batt training. Lts. G. Spring-Rice and C.W. Fowke[1] reported their arrival.
CONTAY WOOD
16/5/16
Batt training.
CONTAY WOOD
17/5/16
Battalion moved from Contay to Bouzincourt.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
18/5/16
Battalion took over the Authuille Sector from the 19TH Lancashire Fusiliers.

Party under Lt Barnes remained in billets at Bouzincourt.

AUTHUILLE SECTOR
19/5/16
Artillery active on the right, otherwise quiet. Two O.R. wounded. 1 O.R. killed.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
20/5/16
Artillery active on the right, a few Tms[2] of the left.

Casualties 1 O.R. killed, 2 O.R. wounded.

AUTHUILLE SECTOR
21/5/16
Battalion less D Coy billeted in dugouts

Front quiet.

CRUCIFIX CORNER
22/5/16
Battalion relieved by 17TH H.L.I. and billeted at CRUCIFIX CORNER, less D Coy, billeted in AVELUY.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
23/5/16
Working parties supplied to work in AUTHUILLE SECTOR. Two O.R. wounded.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
24/5/16
Supplied working parties in AUTHUILLE SECTOR. Lt T.C.R. MURPHY reported his arrival.
CRUCIFIX CORNER
25/5/16
Supplied working parties in AUTHUILLE SECTOR.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
26/5/16
Batt relieved the 17TH H.L.I. in Authuille Sector. Lt G. Spring-Rice killed.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
27/5/16
Fairly quiet. Slight amount of T.M. activity.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
28/5/16
T.M. and artillery activity. 2Lt Ransom reported arrival.
AUTHUILLE SECTOR
29/5/16
T.M. and artillery activity.

2Lts A.G. Snook, J.R.S. Borman, A.J. Albon reported arrival.
7 O.R. wounded.

BOUZINCOURT
30/5/16
Fairly quiet. 96TH Bge relieved 97TH Bge.

11TH Border relieved by 15TH L.F.[3]
Left half Batt billeted in BOUZINCOURT. Right half batt bivouac in AVELUY WOOD.
1 O.R. killed. 4 O.R. wounded.

BOUZINCOURT
31/5/16
Working parties.
[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. From the Supplement to The London Gazette 11th August 1915: Temporary Lieutenant C. W. Fowke, from 9th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), to be temporary Lieutenant. Dated 21st July, 1915, but with seniority from 2nd November, 1914. From the Supplement to The London Gazzette dated 1st November 1920 contains the following entry: Labour Corps, The undermentioned temp. Capts. relinquish their commissions on completion of service, 2 Nov. 1920, and retain the rank of Capt.: C.W. Fowke.
  2. Trench Mortars.
  3. Lancashire Fusiliers.