1st Battalion War Diary, March 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
BRONFAY
1-3-17
2pm
Bn. marched to VILLE. 2Lt. CRAINE rejoined from F.A.
VILLE
2-3-17
2pm
Bn. marched to BUSSY. 2Lt. POOLEY rejoined from F.A.
BUSSY
3-3-17
Resting
Casualties week ending 3 March 1917

Killed Nil
Wounded Nil
Missing Nil
Sick to Hpl 16
From Hpl 5

BUSSY
4-3-17
10.30
Church parade.
5-3-17
9am
Bathing of Companies.
6-3-17
7am
Training under OC Coys. No. 6540 CSM C.W. SMITH appointed to permanent commission as 2 LIEUT in 1/Border Rgt. 2 Lt. C.W. SMITH posted to C. Coy
7-3-17
7am
Training under OC Coys. 2 Lt G.C.H. COX rejoined from Brigade pioneers. 2 Lt. A. GIBSON to F.A.
8-3-17
7am
Training under OC Coys. CAPT. A.W. SUTCLIFFE joined from Base and posted to D. Coy.
9-3-17
9am
Coy route marches under O.C. Coys.
10-3-17
9am
Under Coy Cdns for intensive training. CAPT. R.P.M. NIKOLS joined from Base.
Casualties for W/E. 10-3-17.

Sick to Hospl 25
From Hospl 11

BUSSY
11-3-17
10am
Church parade.

2 LIEUT. WHIGHAM attached to 87th T.M.B.[1]
2 LIEUT. CRAINE to F.A.

12-3-17
9.15am
Training under Coy Coms.
13-3-17
9.15am
Prn route march.
14-3-17
9.15am
Outpost scheme by platoons.

Information received of award of V.C. to 9887 Sgt. E. MOTT.

15-3-17
9.15
Paraded same 14-3-17
16-3-17
9.15
Practice in attack by platoons. 2 LT. CRAINE to F.A.
17-3-17
9.15
Intensive training under O.C. Coys.
Casualties week ending 17-3-17

Sick to Hospl. 16
From Hospl. 15

BUSSY
18-3-17
10am
Church parade.
19-3-17
9am
Bn. marched to EDGEHILL and entrained for HAGEST.[2]
HANGEST
20-3-17
Resting. Interior economy under O.C. Coys.
21-3-17
9am
Intensive training under O.C. Coys.
22-3-17
8am
Practice of the attack by Coys as a manoevre
23-3-17
8am
Practice of attack as a Battn.

LIEUT. G.B.D. CARGILL to F.A. 23-3-17

24-3-17
8am
Bn. practicing the attack as a manoeuvre.
Casualties w/e 24-3-17

Sick to Hpl 19
From Hpl 7

HANGEST
25-3-17
Btn practising attack, open warfare. LIEUT. R.G. CULLIS rejoined from staff duties and resumed duties of acting adjutant 24-3-17.
26-3-17
9-4
88 and 87 Bdes attacked a position held by 86 Bde under supervision G.O.C. Div.
27-3-17
9-4
Bde attack as a manoeuvre.
28-3-17
Interior Economy under Coy Cmdr. 2nd LIEUT. L MACHELL joined from base.
29-3-17
Btn. Moved to VIGNACOURT.
30-3-17
Btn. Moved to FIEFFS. 2nd LIEUT. H. COWARD joined from base.
31-3-17
Resting.
Casualties weekending 31-3-17

66 other ranks joined from Base 24-3-17.
16 other ranks joined from Base 28-3-17.
Sick to Hospital. 19
From Hospital. 8

[Signed] R.G. CULLIS Lieut.
A/Adjut. 1st Btn. The 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.
  1. T.M.B. is a Trench Mortar Battery.
  2. This is a misspelling of the place Hangest, a Commune of the Somme Départment.