1st Battalion War Diary, August 1916

  1st Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/4311 & WO/95/2305   
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
PROVEN
1-8-16
Moved from N. CAMP on Proven – POPERINGHE ROAD to YSER CANAL in BRIGADE RESERVE.
5-8-16
Moved from CANAL BANK to firing line.

Casualties – week-ending 5/8/16
To hospital 4, from hospital 4.
CAPT. DURLACHER to course at 2nd ARMY SCHOOL.
3 N.C.Os. to course of Instruction at Divl. School 4/8/16.

6-8-16
Armour Regt. joined Btn.
7-8-16
29 O.R. joined from Base.
8-8-16
MAJOR F.H.S. LE MESURIER wounded by shell. Gas attack on Right & Left flanks, nothing on our front.
9-8-16
2nd LIEUT. A. CAMPBELL joined from course of Instruction, and took over command of “D” Company.
11-8-16
15 O.R. joined from Base. 8 O.R. rejoined from 177th TUNNELLING COMPANY.
12-8-16
8 O.R. attached to 87th M.G. Coy.

Casualties week-ending 12/8/16
KILLED 3.
SICK to HOSPITAL 11.
WOUNDED 9.

13-8-16
7 O.R. joined from Base. MAJOR F.G.G. MORRIS joined Battalion.
14-8-16
MAJOR F.G.G. MORRIS appointed temporary LT. COLONEL. CAPTAIN (temporary MAJOR) J.R. MEIKLEJOHN resumed the duties at the Headquarters of the Battalion on relinquishing command of the Battalion. 3 N.C.Os. rejoined from Divl. School. 3 N.C.Os. to course at Divl. School.
15-8-16
20 O.R. to course of Bombing. 2nd LIEUT. BEATTIE to course of Bombing. 2nd LIEUT. LYALL to course at Divl. School.
16-8-16
8 O.R. to course of TRENCH MORTAR BATTERY.
FLANDERS
19-8-16
From “A” CAMP, VLAMERTINGHE to CANAL. 1 O.R. to course of Sniping.

Casualties week-ending 19-8-16
SICK to hospital 11.
REJOINED from hospital 2.
HONOURS & AWARDS
No. 22711 SGT. DRURY, J.
No. 7329 CPL. BOYCE, T.
No. 9244 PTE. CHILDS, R.
No. 8408 PTE. NEWCOMBE, J.
No. 18803 L-SGT. NOYE, E.
[all above names] Awarded MILITARY MEDAL Authy. 29th Divn. A/5B d/14-8-16

20-8-16
2ND LIEUT. BEATTIE rejoined from Bombing Course.
21-8-16
20 O.R. rejoined Bombing Course. 1 O.R. transferred from D.L.I.
23-8-16
2nd LIEUT. D.M. BOWYER, killed in action (shell).

2nd LIEUT. F.A. PRESCOTT, 3rd attd. 1[?] BTN. THE BORDER REGT., attached R.F.C.
Casualties week-ending 26-8-16.
KILLED. 1 Officer 2nd LIEUT. D.M. BOWYER.
O.R. 1.
WOUNDED 6.
SICK to Hospital 9.
Rejoined from Hospital 1.
HONOURS & AWARDS.
MAJOR A.J. ELLIS. 1ST Btn.
2ND LIEUT. A.W. FRASER. 3rd Btn.
[the above names] Awarded D.S.O.

CANAL
24-8-16
Moved up to CANAL.

8 O.R. joined from BASE.
1 O.R. attached to Intelligence Branch, 2nd ARMY.
Casualties week-ending 31st-8-16
KILLED NIL. WOUNDED 17. to Hospital 8. rejoined from hospital 3. accidentally injured 3.

Joined from Base 27-8-16
2nd LIEUT. BLOMFIELD, V. 1st Btn.
2nd LIEUT. CLARK, A.M. 1st Btn.
[the above names] to “B” Company.
2nd LIEUT. GAMON, J.L.P. 1st Btn to “C” Company.
2nd LIEUT. THOMPSON, A.T. 1st Btn. To “D” Company.

28-8-16
EXTRACT from BTN. ORDERS:-

The Commanding Officer wishes it to be made known to all ranks that he is greatly pleased with the conduct of the Officers, N.C.Os. and men of the working party on the night of the 26/27th inst., who completed their task under very trying circumstances. This was on the new MONMOUTH TRENCH. He has had great pleasure in bringing their conduct to the notice of the G.O.C. BRIGADE.

[signed] Lieut. [?]
a/adjt. 1st Btn. The Border Regt.

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2305
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.