1st Battalion War Diary, February 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
SUEZ
1st
1 other rank to ISMAILIA as [? - actg Instr] machine gun school.
1st to 5th
Training of the Battalion in musketry, company and battalion drill was continued.

Casualties week ending 5th-2-16.
Sick to hopsital 2Lt A. CAMPBELL 5-2-16.
Other ranks 8.

5th
2Lt W. de H. ROBINSON proceeded to ENGLAND on one month's leave.
6th
Lt. Col. A. E. St. V. POLLARD rejoined from sick and resumed command of the Battn.

2Lt G. BADGER-CLARKE (unattached list) joined 6-2-16.
Temp. Major J.R. MEIKLEJOHN proceeded to act as Brigade Major 86th Brigade temporarily.

8th
2Lt G.W.N. ROWSELL assumed the duties of acting adjutant.
10th
CAPT. H. MILLARD, T/CAPT W. CLAGUE, 2LT W.A. PRICE proceeded to ENGLAND on one month's leave.
12th
1 other rank joined from MUSTAPHA.
6th to 12th
Battalion trained in ATTACK formations.

Casualties week ending 12th-2-16.
Sick to hospital Lt. J.B. SINCLAIR.
Other ranks 4.

SUEZ
13th to 19th
Battalion trained in ADVANCED GUARD + ATTACK formations.
16th
Brigade practised in ADVANCED GUARDS + ATTACK formations under Brigadier [?]H.T. LUCAS.
14th
1 man to CAIRO prison to undergo servetime of 1 year [?].
16th
1 officer (2Lt. LEDWARD) 34 other ranks proceeded to form Brigade machine gun company.
19th
1 officer (2Lt. R.E. CRANFIELD) and 1 other rank joined in gun company.

Casualties for week ending 19th-2-16.
Sick to hospital officers nil, other ranks 12.

20th
2Lt. S.C. CHEVERTON and 1 other rank proceeded to ISMAILIA to undergo course of instruction in the LEWIS machine gun.
23rd
2Lt. R.G. CULLIS and 47 other ranks rejoined bringing 61 animals and 19 vehicles from ALEXANDRIA. 10 other rank rejoined.
24th
Temp. Major J.R. MEIKLEJOHN rejoined from acting Brigade Major 86th Brigade.
21st to 23rd
Battalion completed grouping practice (5 rds) at 100x. Recruits completed modified course of musketry as per instructions received.
24th to 26th
Battalion trained in ADVANCED GUARD and FLANK GUARD.
SUEZ
27th to 29th
Battalion continued course of musketry.

Casualties sick to hospital 27th to 29th officers nil, others 9. Evacuated unfit 22.

Extract from G.R.O List no.73 [? - Rewards] and Promotions d/ 29-1-16. Capt J.R. MEIKLEJOHN to be Major whilst acting in place of a Major on the Head [?] of the Battalion d/ 28-11-15.

The following names of officers, W.D's and NCO's were mentioned in General Sir IAN HAMILTON'S dispatch dated 11th Dec 1915. Major (Temp. Lt. Col.) H. NELSON, Capt. G.C. MAY, Lieut (Temp. Capt.) J.T.B. DINWIDDIE, A.J. ELLIS (adjutant), Lieut (Temp. Capt.) W. CLAGUE, Temp. Lt A.P.J. ARMSTRONG, no.7015 Coy Sgt Major W. BECKETT, no.9074 Sgt C.DONNITHORNE, no.9156 a/Sgt S.H. WARD, no.8655 Sergt P.KEEFE, no.10267 a/Sgt T. MAYNARD.

Extract from the Suppliment to the LONDON GAZETTE d/ 3-2-16:-
The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned awards for distinguished service in the field.
The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER - Major (Temp Lt Col) H. NELSON.
The MILITARY CROSS - Lieut (Temp Capt) W. CLAGUE.
The DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL - no.7015 C.S. Major W. BECKETT\ no.9074 Sergt G. DONNITHORNE.

[Signed on each of the pages]
GWN ROWSELL, 2Lieut.
A/Adjutant 1/Border Regt

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/4311
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.