1st Battalion War Diary, November 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
ALBERT
1-11-16
Still resting at ALBERT. The town was shelled slightly.

2nd LIEUT. BLOMFIELD rejoined from Lewis Gun Course at ETAPLES.

2-11-16
2nd LIEUT. A. CAMPBELL to course of instruction (9th Flying Squadron).

2nd LIEUT. H.T. THOMPSON to course of instruction (9th Flying Squadron).

3-11-16
Entrained at noon.

Arrived AIRAISNES about 7.30p.m. and marched to ALLERY. Very nice billets for officers and men.

ALLERY
4-11-16
Casualties week-ending 4-11-16.

From Base 59 O.R.
From Hospital 7 O.R.
From Courses 3 O.R.
To courses of Instruction 4 O.R.
To 87th Bde M.G. 4 O.R.

6-11-16
LIEUT. W. de H. Robinson, M.C., granted leave to England.

2nd LIEUTS. CAMPBELL & THOMPSON from leave of Instruction.
2nd LIEUT J. MORRIS attd 87th Bde i/c Bde Pioneers.

7-11-16
2nd LIEUT. BEATTIE from 87th Bde i/c Bde Pioneers.

2nd LIEUT. P.NEW from course of Instruction.
2nd LIEUT. WISE to Field Ambulance.

8-11-16
LIEUT. W.F.H. CHAMBERS granted leave to England.
11-11-16
Casualties week ending 11-11-16.

To Hospital 1 Officer, 21 O.R.
[?-Evacuated] from F.A. 13 O.R.
From F.A. 6 O.R.
From Courses 6 O.R.
From Leave 1 O.R.
From 87th Bde M.G. 3 O.R.
To Base (under age) 1 O.R.
To Bde M.G. Coy 1 O.R.
To Courses 7 O.R.

ALLERY
13-11-16
2nd LIEUT. G.H.S. McDONALD granted leave to England, also LIEUT J,G. ROWAN.

2nd LIEUT. WISE from FIELD AMBULANCE.

13-11-16
Left in Trench Mortar buses to BUIRE. Marched from BUIRE to CITADEL CAMP which was very muddy.

2nd LIEUT. WISE granted leave to England.
2nd LIEUTS BLOMFIELD & CLARK to course of Instruction at Divl. School.

CARNOY
15-11-16
Marched to CARNOY CAMP.

CAPT. BUNTING granted leave to England.

LES BOEUF
16-11-16
To firing line in front of LE TRANSLOY. Practically no accommodation for officers or men.

MAJOR MEIKLEJOHN granted leave to England.
LIEUT. NEW to F.A.

17-11-16
Snow.
18-11-16
1 German prisoner. The frost turned to rain.

Casualties week ending 18-11-16
WOUNDED shell 11 O.R.
WOUNDED bayonet 1 O.R.
SICK 4.
To Field Ambulance 11 O.R.
To Base (underage) 1 O.R.
To England (leave) 1 O.R.
To Courses 10 O.R.
To T.M.[1] Battery 1 O.R.
To 183rd Tunnelling Coy. 6 O.R.
To [illegible] 8 O.R.
To Brigade Employ 7 O.R.
From Base 1 Other Rank.

FIRING LINE LESBOEUFS
19-11-16
1 Boche captured. Trenches are in a very bad state owing to rain.
OX TRENCH
20-11-16
To support line. CAPT. CLEGG wounded (shell). LIEUT ROBINSON, M.C., rejoined from leave.
MAMETZ
21-11-16
Back to MANSEL CAMP S. of MAMETZ. Men accommodated in tents, with a brazier to each tent. Officers in huts. Everybody quite comfortable. 2nd LIEUTS. BEATTIE & SPEAR-MORGAN to course at ARMY SCHOOL.
23-11-16
LIEUT. CHAMBERS rejoined from leave. 2nd LIEUT. H.M. WOOLF to course of Transport.
25-11-16
Casualties week-ending 25-11-16.

KILLED 6 O.R.
WOUNDED 1 Officer.
WOUNDED 18 O.R.
Sick to F.A. 65 O.R.
To England [illegible] 1 O.R.
To [illegible] medically unfit 1 O.R.
Evacuated from F.A. (risk) 44 O.R.
To Brigade employ 10 O.R.
To Courses 2 O.R.
Leave to England 4 O.R.
From Courses 11 O.R.
Rejoined from F.A. 5 O.R.
From Base 1 O.R.
From 9th Entrenching Btn. 1 O.R.

OX TRENCH
27-11-16
To support line. CAPT. EWBANK rejoined from leave.
FIRING LINE
28-11-16
LIEUT. ROWAN rejoined from leave.

2nd LIEUT. McDonald rejoined from leave.
2nd LIEUT THOMPSON sick to Field Ambulance.

29-11-16
LIEUT. CHAMBERS wounded.
FIRING LINE
29-11-16
LIEUT. P. NEW rejoined from Field Ambulance.
GUILLEMONT
30-11-16
In support. MAJOR MEIKLEJOHN rejoined from leave.
2 p.m.
To MANSEL CAMP.

Casualties 25-11-16 to 30-11-16
WOUNDED Officers 1, O.R. 7.
Sick to F.A. 24 O.R.
To Brigade employ 9 O.R.
To Courses 5 O.R.
To Divl. Reserve Coy. 4 O.R.
Leave to England 8 O.R.
Transferred to XIV [illegible] Railway Coy. 2 O.R.
From leave to England 1 O.R.
Rejoined from F.A. 18 O.R.
From Base 2 O.R.

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. Trench Mortar