1st Battalion War Diary, July 1917
| 1st Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/4311 & WO/95/2305
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events and Information|
|CANAL BANK NR BOESINGHE||1/7/17|
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
moved back to CANAL BANK in reserve. supplied working parties night & day on new front line
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.
Casualties week ending 6.7.17
Training. Leave going strong. 2 or 1 per day.
Training. C.O went to Divisional Scheme – Coy Commanders scheme this afternoon.
C.O. & 2nd In Command to Brigade tactical scheme. Officers compass marching by night.
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.
Provided working parties from HOUSLOW CAMP & RIVOLI FARM to work on CANAL BANK
Similar working parties as above provided.
– Do –
Casualties week ending 13/7/17 
Working parties as for 16th.
– Do –
Moved to LANCASHIRE CAMP arriving 3 PM. 1 Off & 50 OR left behind as working party under RFA.
Interior Economy & resting. Casualties week ending 20th
Training – Officers reconnoitred routes to be used in the [?stunt].
Lt Col A.J. ELLIS D.S.O returned from leave & took over command. MAJ R.P.M NICKOLS having commanded during his absence.
Bathing & practice in gas mask marching by night.
Preparing for coming [?stunt], completing kit etc.
Marched to HERZEELE & bivouacked for scheme tomorrow.
Practice attack scheme. Field day commencing 7.30 AM.
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.
Church parade at Proven.
Casualties week ending 27.7.17
Training. Moved 10.40 to go to Camp 20 at DE WIEPPE CABARET
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  13 wounded. 3 missing
[Signed] A.W. Sutcliffe Capt.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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