1st Battalion War Diary, May 1916

  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
FRONT LINE
1st to 3rd
Quiet period and nothing to report
3rd
Battalion relieved by 1st Essex Regt., relief commenced at 2030
4th
0100
Relief complete and Battn. proceed to Billets at ENGLEBELMER less 2 officers and 100 other ranks which proceeded to occupy Forts PROWSE + MOULIN
ENGLEBELMER
5th & 6th
Battalion engaged as working parties in various parts of the line
6th
2nd Lt. A. Campbell 10th Border rejoined from Hospital

Extract from London GAZETTE:- to be Lieutenants
2nd Lt. W. F. H. CHAMBERS dated 14-9-15
2nd Lt. J. R. FARRELL. dated 1-10-15
2nd J. W. STREATER dated 1-10-15

Casualties week ending 6th May:–
Officers - Nil
Other Ranks - Killed 1, Wounded 6, Accidentally wounded 1, Wounded (at duty) 5, Wounded (self inflicted) 2, sick to Hospital 11, Rejoined from Hosp. 9.

ENGLEBELMER
7th to 12th
Battn. engaged as working parties
13th
Battalion proceed to relieve 1st S. W. B’s in the front line commencing 2000, with the exceptions of the garrisons at the forts, which remained there.
9th
Captains J.D. HEYDER, T. H. BEVES joined from Base
ENGLEBELMER
11th
2nd Lt. J. D. BREMNER returned from 252nd tunnelling coy. R.E.
11th
Capt. T. H. BEVES to Hospital

2nd Lt. A. W. H. BARNES, 2nd Lt. F. H. TALBOT, 2nd Lt. J. Y. BAXENDINE [all three] Segregated for 10 days on account of Capt. Beves admitted to Hospital with German measles

8th
2nd Lt. H. BUNTING rejoined from course of instruction in Bayonet Fighting

2nd Lt. W. P. RETTIE proceeded for course of instruction in Bayonet Fighting
Casualties week ending 13th:–
Wounded 2, Sick to hospital 35, From hospital 18.

Honours and Awards
The aforementioned Officers, NCO’s + men are mentioned in Sir IAN HAMILTONS dispatch dated 11-12-15, published in a supplement to the London Gazette dated 28-1-16:-
Capt. H. E. FESTING
No. 6088 MCSM G.G. KEMPTON, 9813 L/C W. FOX, 4173 Pte. R. FOWLER, 10083 Pte. E. GISBY, 10026 Pte. G.H. RICHARDS, 8529 Pte H. SELVEY, 10758 Pte. H. SMITH, 9598 Pte. H. TURNER.
H.M. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned award for distinguished service in the field.
The Distinguished Service Order:- Capt. H. E. FESTING.

FRONT LINE
14th
0010
Relief of 1st S. W. B. completed. Quiet day nothing to record.
15th
2045
Nothing happened until 2045 when sounds of aircraft was heard.
FRONT LINE
16th
0025
Enemy commenced Bombardment of our trenches
0027
A Coy. report enemy shells appear to be falling behind the front line

Communication trenches not being shelled

0037
Outburst of machine gun fire, apparently our own
0043
Communication by telephone with B Coy. interrupted
0055
Communication by telephone with A Coy. interrupted
0058
Another outburst of M. G. fire
0107
Shelling now confined to the left and clear of sector occupied by Battn.
0115
Message from B Coy. report no shelling of front occupied by that coy
0118
Message from B Coy. our own artillery’s shells falling in our front line
0120
All quiet in front of our sector
0137
A + B Coy. report all quiet + telephone communications connected again
0220
Shelling decreases
0230
All quiet
15th
2nd Lieut W. K. SANDERSON joined for duty
17th
2nd Lieut F. S. LAYARD joined for duty, 2nd Lieut PALMER sick from FLEXICOURT
18th
2nd Lieut D. CARGILL joined for duty. Battn. relieved from FRONT LINE and marched to Billets in LOUVENCOURT
LOUVENCOURT
19th
Lieut J. B. SINCLAIR and 2nd Lieut E. A. BARRY to hospital (sick)
20th
Lt Col. A. E.S.t Y. POLLARD to England
LOUVENCOURT
20/5/16
Casualties week ending 20th:–

Officers - Nil
Other Ranks - Wounded 2, (1 Died of wounds), Sick to hospital 47, From hospital 18.
MAJOR A. J. ELLIS 1st Border Regt. assumed command of Battalion.

22nd
30 Other ranks joined from Base
21st
Capt. T.H. BEVES rejoined from Hospital
22nd
MAJOR MEIKLEJOHN returns from commg 1st ESSEX Regt.
26th
116 Other Ranks joined from Base
27th
2nd Lieut W. P. RETTIE rejoined from 29th Divisional Course

Casualties week ending 27th.
Killed NIL, Wounded NIL, Sick to Hospital 26, Rejoin from Hospital 16.

28th
Battalion moved to Brigade Reserve at ENGLEBELMER in relief of 4th WORCESTERSHIRE Regt.
ENGLEBELMER
28th
2nd LIEUT M. DUFF, 2nd LIEUT H. L. CHOLMELEY 3rd BORDER REGT. joined Battalion

Capt. J. G. HEYDER took over duties acting adjut.
Capt. J. W. EWBANK to 4th Army School FLEXICOURT

29th
2nd LIEUT P. NEW 3rd BORDER REGT. joined Battalion
30th
2nd LIEUT D. CARGILL and 2nd Lieut. F.S. LAYARD to 29th Div. School ACHEUX
31st
Other Ranks to hospital 17. Rejoined from Hospital 4.
[signed] J.G. HEYDER Capt
Adj. 11 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.