11th Battalion War Diary, November 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
RUBROUCK AREA
1/11/17
Coys at the disposal of Coy Commanders for training.
RUBROUCK AREA
2/11/17
Coys at the disposal of Coy Commanders for training.
RUBROUCK AREA
3/11/17
Church parade. Memorial Service to the late Chaplain [?] C.F. At 2.0pm.
RUBROUCK AREA
4/11/17
Battalion training.
RUBROUCK AREA
5/11/17
Battalion training.
RUBROUCK AREA
6/11/17
Battalion training.
RUBROUCK AREA
7/11/17
Battalion training.
RUBROUCK AREA
8/11/17
Battalion inspected by the Corps Com Divisional Commander at 11am.
RUBROUCK AREA
9/11/17
Battalion training. Operation orders received.
RUBROUCK AREA
10/11/17
Battalion marched to WINNEZEELE AREA at 7.10am, arrived 12.0 noon.
WINNEZEELE AREA
11/11/17
Battalion marched to ROAD CAMP at 8.18am, arrived 12.0 noon.
ROAD CAMP
12/11/17
Inspections and general cleaning up of camp.
ROAD CAMP
13/11/17
Battalion training.
ROAD CAMP
14/11/17
Battalion training.
ROAD CAMP
15/11/17
Battalion training. Divisional Commander inspected the camp.
ROAD CAMP
16/11/17
Battalion training. Corps Commander inspected the camp.
ROAD CAMP
17/11/17
Battalion improving camp.
ROAD CAMP
18/11/17
Battalion training.
ROAD CAMP
19/11/17
Battalion training.
ROAD CAMP
20/11/17
Battalion training.
ROAD CAMP
21/11/17
Battalion training.
HILL TOP FARM
22/11/17
Battalion left ROAD CAMP 2.10pm, marched to POPERINGHE where it entrained at 3.55pm for IRISH FARM. Batt. reached HILL TOP FARM 6.0pm.
HILL TOP FARM
23/11/17
Preparing battle stores and equipment.
BELLEVUE AREA
24/11/17
Battalion moved from HILL TOP FARM at 2.45pm, moved up to BELLEVUE via KRONPRINZ FARM. A and B Coys relieved the support and reserve companies of the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
C Coys relieved one Coy of the 2nd MIDDLESEX at MOSELMACK, D Coy relieved one Coy of the 2nd WEST YORKS. Relief reported complete at 7.0pm. 4 O.R. Wounded.
BELLEVUE AREA
25/11/17
A and C Coys withdrew without relief onto B and D Coys dusk. C and A Coys lost heavily owing to a hostile barrage being put down in the front line area.
Battalion was relieved by the 15th H.L.I. Relief complete reported at 11.30pm. The Battalion then moved to relieve the 17th H.L.I. In the left subsector via KRONPRINZ FARM. Relief completed 2.0am 26.11.17. Capt. Benson, J. wounded, 2/Lt McDonald, J.R. Wounded, 2/Lt Duncan wounded. 12 O.R. Killed, 35 O.R. Wounded, 7 O.R. Missing.
WESROOSEBEEK
26/11/17
Held the line. Situation quiet. B Coy captured one prisoner on night of 26th – 27th. 8 O.R. Wounded, 2 O.R. Missing.
LEFT SUB-SECTOR
27/11/17
Situation quiet. Battalion relieved in the left subsector by 16th LANCASHIRE FUS. Relief complete by 8.0pm. Battalion moved to HILL TOP FARM and complete in huts by midnight. 1 O.R. Killed, 2 O.R. Missing.
HILL TOP FARM
28/11/17
Preparing battle equipment and stores.
HILL TOP FARM
29/11/17
Preparing battle stores and equipment. Enemy shelled the camp with 4.2 shrapnel from 7.0am – 8.30am, rate 6 shell a minute, 2 O.R. Wounded.
WURST FARM
30/11/17
Battalion left HILL TOP FARM at 7.40pm for WURST FARM. Complete in camp 10.30pm. Hostile artillery quiet.
[signed] T.F. Tweed, Lt. Col.
XI Border Regt.

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.