1st Battalion War Diary, February 1917

  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
General.

The following awards were made for gallantry on 27-1-17.

D.S.O.

LIEUT. COLONEL F.G.G. MORRIS

Military Cross

CAPT. H. BUNTING
CAPT. J.W. EWBANK
LIEUT. C. LINDSAY
2 LIEUT. C.R. WISE
2 LIEUT. D. MACLEOD

D.C.M.

No. 9619 A/CSM. QUAYLE
No 22680 Sgt. R. PEAD
No. 8334 Sgt. ALLBEURY
No. 22929 Cpl. SMITH
No. 22855 Cpl. F. ROBINS

Military Medal

No. 9760 a/Cpl. CAIN
No. 5275 Pte. TRAINER
No. 33753 Pte. MOORE
No. 10429 Cpl. WEBER
No. 22945 L/C VERGE
No. 33805 Pte. WHITEHEAD
No. 17899 Pte. KERFOOT
No. 22909 Pte. BLACK
No. 9991 Pte. COLYER

GUILLEMONT
1-2-17
4.30pm
Moved off to Firing line
FIRING LINE
2-2-17
Bosche artillery fairly active.

LIEUT. LINDSAY wounded.

3-2-17
9.30pm
Relieved by 2nd S.W.B. Entrained at GUILLEMONT for CARNOY.
Casualties for weekending 3-2-17

Killed 2, Wounded 17, Missing Nil, Sick in Hosp. 7, From Hosp. Nil.

CARNOY
4-2-17
Resting and cleaning clothing
5-2-17
Resting
6-2-17
9.40am
Bn paraded and marched to MEAULTE

3rd R. SCOTS [? FOS] joined from Base
2 LIEUT. C.B. COLBOURNE-SMITH
2 LIEUT. H. GIBSON
2 LIEUT. R.S. POOLEY
2 LIEUT. R. RAE
2 LIEUT. J. WHIGHAM
2 LIEUT. F. MAXWELL

MEAULTE
7-2-17
10am
Coys paraded under O.C. Coys for Bayonet fighting et.
8-2-17
10am – 12noon
Coys paraded as yesterday.
9-2-17
2 LIEUT. Mc DONALD and 2 LIEUT. CRAINE rejoined from Course.
10am – 12noon
Paraded as usual.
10-2-17
10-12
Paraded as usual.
2 LIEUT. C.R. WISE to Field amb.

2 LIEUT. D. MACLEOD to IX Army School.

To course [? DWL] School

2 LIEUT. F. MAXWELL
2 LIEUT. A. GIBSON
24 other ranks joined from Base.

Casualties for week ending 10-2-17

Killed 1, Wounded 2, Missing 3, Sick to Hosp. 23, From Hosp. 11.

MEAULTE
11-2-17
11am
Church parade.
12-2-17
9-1pm
Parades under O.C. Coys. General training.
13-7-17
9-1pm
Parades as yesterday.
LIEUT. R.G. COLLIS to 87th Bde. 2 LIEUT. WHIGHAM to Stokes Mortar Course.
3rd K.O.S.B. gained from Base.

LIEUT. THORBURN-BROWN
2 LIEUT. THOMPSON

14-2-17
9-1pm
Parades under O.C. Coys.
15-2-17
9-1pm
Parades under O.C. Coys.
65 Other Ranks gained from Base.

2 LIEUT. F.S. LAYARD rejoined from 64th Bde H.Q.
SEC. LIEUT. COLBOURNE SMITH re-transferred to 6-7 R.S.F.

16-2-17
9-1pm
Parades as usual.
17-2-17
11am
Batn. Paraded and practiced Ceremonial parade for distribution of medals.
Casualties week Ending 17-2-17

Killed Nil, Wounded Nil, Missing Nil, Sick to Hospital 11, From Hospital 1.

MEAULTE
18-2-17
10.30 am
Parade 10.30am and march to MONTAUBAN where Bn had dinners then on to COMBLES. Billetted in trenches and dugouts.

2 LT. KEMP to course.
MAJOR MEIKLEJOHN to 86 Bde as Brigade Major.
2 LIEUT. RAE rejoined from course.
LIEUT. ARMSTRONG to LC Course.

COMBLES
19-2-17
4.30pm
Move up to Firing line. Relieved 6th Dorsets.
FIRING LINE
20-2-17
Nothing unusual. Fairly quiet. 2 LIEUT. THOMPSON to England for Indian Army.
21-2-17
Bosche artillery active. Very wet. Relieved very late this night by 2 ROYAL FUSILIERS who were kept back by Bosche barrage. On duck boards.

March to COMBLES

COMBLES
22-2-17
11am
March to TRONES WOOD and entrain for BRONTAY CAMP at 1.30 pm.
BRONTAY
23-2-17
Resting. 22 Other Ranks joined from Base.
24-2-17
8.45 am
Paraded and marched to COMBLES.
Casualties for week ending 24-2-17

Killed 2, Wounded 4, Missing Nil, Sick to Hospital 19, From Hospital 2.

COMBLES
25-2-17
3pm
Moved to firing line and relieved 2 Hants.

2 LT. DANNIELLI joined from base.

FIRING LINE
26-2-17
Firing line. Enemy artillery very active.
27-2-17
Firing line. Enemy artillery very active. We bombarded his front line heavily.
Joined from base

LIEUT. C. MILLS
2 LIEUT. W.S.M. RUXTON.

12 noon
Relieved by 1 INNESKILLINGS on right and by 2 R.F. on left.
March back to FREGICOURT to trenches.
FREGICOURT
28-2-17
3pm
March to TRONES WOOD and entrain for BRONFAY CAMP.

2 LIEUT. L.W. ARMSTRONG rejoined from course.

Casualties 25th to 28 Feby. 1917

Killed Nil, Wounded 6, Missing Nil, Sick to Hospl. 8, From Hospl. 1.


[Signed] H. BUNTING Capt.
a/adjutant 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.