1st Battalion War Diary, December 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
MANSELL CAMP
2-12-16
Casualties week ending 2-12-16.

OFFICERS nil.
OTHER RANKS KILLED nil, WOUNDED nil, SICK TO F.A. 20, From F.A.[1] 5
Transferred to XIV Corps [?] Coy 2, Transferred to 2nd Army Intelligence Corps 1, Detached for duty with 16th Sanitary Section 2.
2nd LIEUT H.M. WOOLF rejoined from Transport Course.

3-12-16
2nd LIEUT R.E.S. JOHNSON proceeded to Lewis Gun Course.

LIEUT P. NEW to Brigade [?].

GUILLEMONT
6-12-16
Marched from MANSELL CAMP to reserve at GUILLEMONT.
FIRING LINE
8-12-16
From Guillemont to firing line at LES BOEUFS.
9-12-16
Relieved by 10th Btn Rifle Brigade.

Casualties week ending 9-12-16.
Other ranks KILLED nil, WOUNDED nil, SICK to HOSPITAL 34, REJOINED from HOSPITAL 12.
To course of Trench Mortar 4, To 256th Tunneling Coy 21, To course Lewis Gun 4, To 86th Bde Pioneers 17, Rejoining from Bombing Course 4.

CARNOY CAMP
10-12-16
Entrained at Plateau for CORBIE.

1st LINE TRANSPORT by road.

CORBIE
11-12-16
Entrained at CORBIE for LONGPRÉ where billeted for night.
CONDÉ
12-12-16
Marched by road from CONDÉ to PICQUIGNY.

2nd LIEUTS L.W. ARMSTRONG + J.L. GAMON to Div. School.

PICQUIGNY
13-12-16
All billeted in the town, but some of the men in bad billets.
14-12-16
Cleaning up.
15-12-16
Still cleaning the mud off clothing + equipment.
16-12-16
Casualties week-ending 16-12-16.

OFFICERS KILLED 2ND LIEUT F.G. LYALL 9-12-16.
SICK TO F.A. 2ND LIEUT A. CAMPBELL 9-12-16, 2ND LIEUT C.F SUTRO 9-12-16.
REJOINING from Course 2ND LIEUT A.M. CLARK, 2ND LIEUT V. BLOMFIELD [both men] from Divl. School.
REJOINED from F.A. 2ND LIEUT R.E.S. JOHNSON, 2ND LIEUT THOMPSON.
OTHER RANKS KILLED 4, WOUNDED 7, SICK to F.A. 37, from F.A. 34.
To XIV Corps Labour Btn 37, Rejoined from Lewis Gun Course 4, Rejoined from 86th Bde Pioneers 17, Rejoined from 256th Tunnelling Coy 21.

PICQUIGNY
17-12-16
Marched to HANGEST.

2nd LIEUT A. CAMPBELL REJOINED FROM F.A.

HANGEST
18-12-16
The men much better off here.
19-12-16
Training [? - alerted]. Pioneers busy fitting up ovens, latrines and making good billets.
21-12-16
2nd LIEUT G.C.A. COX to 86th Bde Pioneers.

2nd LIEUT J.M. MORRIS from 86th Bde Pioneers.

23-12-16
2nd LIEUT A. CAMPBELL, J.M. MORRIS AND G.F. KEMP to Musketry Camp, PONT REMY.

Casualties week-ending 23-12-16.
OTHER RANKS KILLED nil, WOUNDED nil, SICK to F.A. 15, Rejoined from F.A. 11.
To Prisoner of War Coy (underage) 3, to XIV Corps [? - composite] Labour Btn 19, to Musketry Camp, PONT REMY 89.
2nd LIEUTS B.H. SPEAR-MORGAN and W.L. BEATTIE rejoined from 4th ARMY SCHOOL.

29-12-16
2nd LIEUTS A. CAMPBELL, J.M. MORRIS and G.F. KEMP rejoined from Musketry Camp.
30-12-16
Casualties week-ending 30-12-16.

OTHER RANKS KILLED nil, WOUNDED nil, SICK to F.A. 4, rejoined from F.A. 7.
To England for Cosmissons 3, to course of Bombing 4, to course of Stokes Mortar 5, to course of Lewis Gun 4, to M.G. Corps 8, rejoined from from Musketry Camp 86.

31-12-16
2nd LIEUT C.F. SUTRO rejoined from F.A.
[Signed] R.G. CULLIS, Lieut.
A/Adjt 1/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.
  1. Field Ambulance.