1st Battalion War Diary, July 1915
| 1st Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/4311 & WO/95/2305
|This war diary page forms part of the Border Regiment Portal|
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|Remained in J10 & J11 with C Coy in firing line on the right of INNISKILLINGS & D Coy in J11a in support of them. During the night the GURKHAS were bombed out of J12 & the INNISKILINGS had to retake it suffering rather heavy losses in doing so.|
|Relief INNISKILLINGS in firing line, A & B Coys in firing line C coy and ½ D in support & ½ D Coy in reserve. Battn hqs moved to ravine just W of J12 which was christened BORDER RAVINE.|
TURKS attacked heavily on our left on the portion held by the INDIAN BDE & one MG & one platoon of A Coy under LT WALLACE was sent to support them. Attack however was repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy. LT FRINK, LT HAMILTON & LT COGGIN 10th S. STAFFORDS attd 1/BORDER REGT joined for duty.
|Occasional shelling by enemy's artillery but no infantry attacks. LT LESTER killed whilst in charge of working party making new fire trench connecting J12 with GULLY.|
|Nothing of military interest occurred but a report was received from Bde hqs that the enemy had been observed massing for attack in nullah near J13.|
|SIKHS reported to have been bombed out of J13 & at the same time a heavy attack both bombs and rifle fire was made on J12 but was repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy.|
A heavy artillery bombardment was kept up by the enemy from 4am to 8.30am but it was extraordinarily ineffective & a large proportion of their shells went into the sea.
|A Turkish attack in the early morning down the GULLY was driven back & the enemy on our front remained quiescent except for the usual spasmodic bursts of shelling which were practically without effect.|
|Relieved by ESSEX REGT & returned to Gully Beach to await transport to take the Battn to MUDROS for a rest.|
|Remained in bivouac at GULLY BEACH awaiting transport to MUDROS. Usual fatigues making terraces & improving accommodation etc.|
|Battn marched to V Beach & embarked on HMS RENARD (two coys & hqs) & a trawler (remaining two coys).|
|Arrived MUDROS & marched to bivouac vacated by XIIIth Div.|
During this period the following officers rejoined the Regiment.
|Orders received to return to GALLIPOLI.|
|Battn embarked on PRINCED EDWARD less D Coy on QUEEN VICTORIA.|
|Disembarked at V Beach & marched to bivouacks at X Beach. LT FRINK, CAPT TENNANT & LT COGGIN remained at MUDROS sick.|
|Fatigues & training of last draft proceeded as usual & officers availed themselves of opportunity of making reconnaisance of our firing line & enemy's new trenches.|
LT RUPP rejoined convalescent from hospital MUDROS on the 26th.
|Regt marched from X Beach to firing line & took over that part of the firing line known as BORDER BARRICADE & about 200 yards of J11B from 9th WORCESTERS.|
C & D Coys & 2 maxims in firing line, B Coy in support, A Coy & 2 maxims in reserve. A tremendous lot of work was required on the trenches, the parapet in most places not being bullet proof, trenches too narrow & not deep enough, no proper snipers loopholes & sanitary arrangements non existent.
|Work continued as on previous day. No special activity in enemy's part but usual sniping which has much decreased in intensity.|
|Relieved by SWB & to Y Ravine, C Coy remained as garrison to J10, remaining 3 coys in Ravine.|
|CAPTAIN KENNEDY 8th WILTSHIRE REGT & LT MARSDEN 7th WEST RIDING REGT & draft of 96 other ranks joined from England.|
References / notes
- National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/4311
- The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
- Mudros Bay on the Island of Lemnos.