11th Battalion War Diary, May 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
OFFOY
1/5/17
10pm
Company and Battn drill. Training generally.
OFFOY
2/5/17
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Inspection of Brigade by Corps Commander Lt Gen WOOLCOMBE DSO. Brigade praised for good work in recent operations. Exceptionally smart turn out.
OFFOY
3/5/17
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Battn drill - attack formation. Lt Col GIRDWOOD DSO awarded BAR to DSO and 2 Lt MALLEY-MARTIN Military Cross for work during operations on April 14th N.E. of FAYET (Twin Copses).
OFFOY
4/5/17
"
Route march to TOULE & DOUILLY with advance and flank guards. Demonstration by 86th and 97th Trench Mortar Batteries a 3pm. All Officers and a large percentage of men attended.
OFFOY
5/5/17
"
Battn drill - outpost scheme. Drill and training generally.
OFFOY
6/5/17
"
Church Parade at 9.55 am. Recreation etc.
OFFOY
7/5/17
"
Battn drill at 9am. Recreation and sports (17th HLI) in afternoon and evening.
OFFOY
8/5/17
"
Parades cancelled owing to rain. Training continued in billets- musketry, bayonet fighting, physical training etc.
OFFOY
9/5/17
"
Battalion drill and training.
OFFOY
10/5/17
"
Battalion route march and tactical scheme towards MANTIGNY and Y.
OFFOY
11/5/17
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Battalion drill - attack formation - inspected by Brigadier.
OFFOY
12/5/17
10pm
Battn in attack formation for inspection by G.O.C. 32nd Div. Recreation in afternoon.
OFFOY
13/5/17
10pm
Church Parade 10am Staff ride under C.O. Conference in afternoon with Brigadier General BLACKLOCK D.S.O. on work in general.
OFFOY
14/5/17
"
Brigade attack scheme. Three objectives. Zero 10 am Third objective taken at 11.30am Afternoon spent in preparation for following days march.
PUZEAUX
15/5/17
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Left OFFOY 4.15am marched to PUZEAUX via NESLE and CORCNY. Arrived at 8.45am
CAIX
16/5/17
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Left PUZEAUX 5.10am marched to CAIX via ROSIERES. Arrived 9am Resting.
DOMART
S/La Luce
17/5/17
"
Left CAIX at 5.40am marched to DOMART S/ LA LUCE. Arrived 9am. Resting.
DOMART
18/5/17
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Cleaning up billets and making improvements.
DOMART
19/5/17
"
Battn training and recreation.
DOMART
20/5/17
"
Church Parade and presentation of Military Medals by Lt. Col. GIRDWOOD DSO Cmdg Battn.
DOMART
21/5/17
"
Battn training and recreation.
DOMART
22/5/17
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DOMART
23/5/17
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DOMART
24/5/17
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DOMART
25/5/17
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DOMART
S/LUCE
26/5/17
10pm
Battn training – games – recreation & route march.
DOMART
27/5/17
"
Battalion Church Parade.
DOMART
28/5/17
"
Battn training – recreation.
DOMART
29/5/17
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Battn training – Divisional Command inspection, later training.
VILLERS
BRETONNEUX
30/5/17
"
Battn marched to VILLERS BRETONNEUX & took over billets.
ditto
31/5/17
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Battn at VILLERS BRETTONEUX – preparing for entraining.
J.B. Lowthian, Capt.
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.