1st Battalion War Diary, July 1917

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CANAL BANK NR BOESINGHE 1/7/17
Patrol out tonight, 2Lt D. MACLEOD MC and four other ranks to reconnoitre CAESARS NOSE fired on from this point with M.G. and rifle grenades. 2Lt MACLEOD M.C. killed & 3 wounded.
" 2/7/17
2 Patrols out tonight but too light for close work. Lt D. MACLEOD’s body searched for but not found. 1st K.O.S.B relieved us, & we
3/7/17
moved back to CANAL BANK in reserve. supplied working parties night & day on new front line
4/7/17
Working parties as yesterday. No. 9215 PTE. WILLIAMSON. E volunteered to go out in search of LT MACLOUD’s body & located it but could not get it in as it was too light & snipers were busy. 1st Newfoundland Regt relived us tonight
5/7/17
9215 PTE. WILLIAMSON brought in 2LT MACLEOD’S body. Battalion relieved by 1st NEWFOUNDLAND Regt tonight & moved back.
SUEZ CAMP NR CROMBEKE 6/7/17
Arrived SUEZ CAMP near CROMBEKE about 3 AM in tents & bivouacs. Rested today.
" 7/7/17
TRAINING - bayonet fighting & digging strong points. The King & Prince of Wales motored through camp & were cheered by the troops.
Casualties week ending 6.7.17
Increase
Drafts from Base 1 Off. O.R. 64 [Lt CHAMBERS WRH WFH]
Returned from Hosp. 1   " CAPT AVH WOOD
Decrease
Killed 1 Off. O.R. 3 [1] [2Lt D MACLEOD M.C]
Wounded 1   "    "   15 [Capt AVH WOOD]
Evacuated    "   8
" 8/7/17
Training. Leave going strong. 2 or 1 per day.
" 9/7/17
Training.
" 10/7/17
Training. C.O went to Divisional Scheme – Coy Commanders scheme this afternoon.
" 11/7/17
C.O. & 2nd In Command to Brigade tactical scheme. Officers compass marching by night.
" 12/7/17
Draft of 20 today. Chiefly A.S.C transfers - & looked it.
RIVOLI FARM near WOESTEN 13/7/17
Moved to HOUNSLOW CAMP (near WOESTEN) arriving about 10 PM. C & D Coys went to RIVOLI FARM near CANAL BANK relieving 2 Coys of 1st LANCS. Fifty details took over LANCASHIRE CAMP near PROVEN.
HOUNSLOW CAMP 14/7/17
Provided working parties from HOUSLOW CAMP & RIVOLI FARM to work on CANAL BANK
" 15/7/17
Similar working parties as above provided.
" 16/7/17
– Do –
Casualties week ending 13/7/17 [2]
Increase
Drafts from Base O.R. 69
From Hospital         1
Decrease
Classified P.B. Off. 1 2Lt IRESON
Evacuated         3
Transferred         3
" 17/7/17
Working parties as for 16th.
" 18/7/17
– Do –
PROVEN 19/7/17
Moved to LANCASHIRE CAMP arriving 3 PM. 1 Off & 50 OR left behind as working party under RFA.
LANCASHIRE CAMP 20/7/17
Interior Economy & resting. Casualties week ending 20th
Increase
Drafts from Base Off. 1 O.R. 14 [2Lt H.T. THOMPSON]
Decrease
To England Sick        1         4 [Lt E.S. WYNNE]
Killed         1 [3]
Wounded         3
Transfer         1
21/7/17
Training.
22/7/17
Training Church Parade.
23/7/17
Training – Officers reconnoitred routes to be used in the [?stunt].
24/7/17
Lt Col A.J. ELLIS D.S.O returned from leave & took over command. MAJ R.P.M NICKOLS having commanded during his absence.
25/7/17
Bathing & practice in gas mask marching by night.
26/7/17
Preparing for coming [?stunt], completing kit etc.
27/7/17
Marched to HERZEELE & bivouacked for scheme tomorrow.
28/7/17
Practice attack scheme. Field day commencing 7.30 AM.
PROVEN 28/7/17
This area represented the area over which it was expected the battalion would attack. A scheme representing the STEENBEEL etc. – field day finished about 12.30 PM and the battalion moved back arriving in camp about 5 PM.
" 29/7/17
Church parade at Proven.
Casualties week ending 27.7.17
Increase Draft from Base O.R. 9
Decrease Killed         1
Wounded         9
Transferred         1
Evacuated         3
30/7/17
Training. Moved 10.40 to go to Camp 20 at DE WIEPPE CABARET
31/7/17
CORNER arriving 1.30 AM.
Moved 3.30 to [?Monton] Farm. Whole battalion on working party for Second Division. Split into 2 parties of 2 companies each & worked making CLARGES ST to the CANAL from BOESINGHE & then across [?canal] making roads as far as ARTILLERY WOOD (700y).
CAPT. A.V.H. WOOD wounded. C.S.M Randolph killed. 8 Other Ranks killed [4] 13 wounded. 3 missing

[Signed] A.W. Sutcliffe Capt.
a/adjutant

References / notes[edit | edit source]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2305/1
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
  • War diary transcribed by Hugh Fulton
  1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 3 soldiers from the 1st Border Regiment who were killed between 1-6 July 1917 in Belgium:
    • Cpl. 201742 Leonard J Robinson, C Company, died 5/7/17
    • Pte. 32309 A Stalker died 2/7/1917
    • Pte. 23847 George Lawson Bird died 4/7/1917.
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Casualties 1st Border Regiment killed in Belgium week ending 13/7/17 records the death of Second Lieutenant Henry Clarence Horsburgh Lane who died 10/07/1917. At the time of his death, Lane was serving with 11th Border. Their War Diary entry for 10/7/17 records that "T/2/LT H.G.H. LANE" is on strength.
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Casualties 1st Border Regiment killed in Belgium week ending 20/7/17: Private 22629 A Wren, died on 15/7/1917.
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Casualties 1st Border Regiment killed on 31 July 1917 in Belgium:
    • Sgt. 4372 Robert Montgomery
    • Cpl. 33608 Percy Douglas Bennett
    • L/Cpl. 241830 Harry Cook
    • Pte. 21167 Ernest Day
    • Pte. 22826 Charles Jordon
    • Pte. 28717 Hugh Mahon
    • Pte. 260065 George Parker
    • Pte. 28722 Joseph Wright