1st Battalion War Diary, October 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
CANAL BANK YPRES
1.10.16
32 Other Ranks joined from Base.
2.10.16
2nd LIEUT CAMPBELL rejoined from leave to England.
3.10.16
Relieved by LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH, 55th BOE.
“J” CAMP INTERNATIONAL CORNER
4.10.16
Arrived J. CAMP. 2nd LIEUT SUTRO rejoined from Field Ambulance.
5.10.16
2nd LIEUT CLARK & KEMP rejoined from 29th Divl. School. CAPT. J.E. EWBANK rejoined from Recommand, VIII Corps.
7.10.16
Marched from J. CAMP to HOFOUTRE SIDING, POPERINGHE, and entrained for the SOMME and the “Push”.
6.10.16
CAPT. H. EWBANK joined Battalion as Chaplain.

Casualties week ending 7.10.16.
KILLED NIL
WOUNDED 2
Rejoined from Hopsital 12. To Hopsital 14.
Rejoined from Kent R.E. 3. Rejoined from leave to England 3.
Rejoined from Divl. R[illegible] 14. Rejoined from 177th Tunnelling [?-Coy] 12.
Rejoined from VIII Corps Camp [illegible] 15. Rejoined from 29th Divl. School 2.
Transferred to R.E. SIGNALS 1.
Leave to England 1.

LONGEAU
8.10.16
Arrived about 4.30a.m. and marched to ALLONVILLE where the Btn. occupied Billets.
BUIRE
10.10.16
Marched to BUIRE via QUERRIUE and LA HOUSSOYE. (Billets).

CAPT. BUNTING rejoined from 2nd ARMY SCHOOL.

12.10.16
2nd LIEUT BEATTIE to Brigade Pioneers.
FRICOURT CAMP
13.10.16
Left BUIRE and marched to FRICOURT CAMP. Men in bivouacs and officers in tents. Very cold.
14.10.16
Casulaties week ending 14.10.16.

From Hospital 15. To Hospital 13.
From courses 2. Leave to England 3.
From leave to England 1. To Base [illegible] 1.
To Bde. Pioneers 8. To Divl. Reserve 1.

15.10.16
2nd LIEUT MORRIS to [? - take command] of Divl. Baths.

2nd LIEUT PALMER rejoined from leave to England.<br> 2nd LIEUT [?-J or B]elfor to T.M.B.[1]

BERNAFAY WOOD
19.10.16
Marched from FRICOURT to BERNAFAY WOOD. Within 10 minutes of arrival shell burst and killed 2nd LIEUT JOHNSON from Field Ambulance.
20.10.16
Moved up to SWITCH TRENCH.
FIRING LINE GUEDECOURT
21.10.16
Moved up to front line beyond GUEDECOURT. (GREASE + GAP TRENCHES, SUNKEN ROAD + PILGRIMS WAY)

Casulaties week ending 21-10-16.
KILLED 3. WOUNDED 11. MISSING 1.
Accidentally wounded (premature Rifle Grenade) 4. Accidentally wounded (detonator [?-bursting]) 1.
To Hospital 3.
To Divl. Baths 18.
To courses 4.
To Base [illegible] 1.
To T.M.B. 1.
To Reserve [?-Coy] 4.
To Bde employ 3. To D.A.D.U.S. 1.
Leave to England 1.
Joined from Base (18.10.16) 85.
Joined from Base (21.10.16) 64.

FIRING LINE
22.10.16
2nd Lieut Blomfield to Lewis Gun Course at ETAPLES.
23.10.16
2nd Lieut Ashby wounded by shell. CAPT. CARGILL rejoined from VIII Corps Senior Officers' Training School.
24.10.16
LIEUT NEW to course (Telescopic Sight).
25.10.16
LIEUT ROBINSON, M.C., wounded.
27.10.16
From firing line to SWITCH TRENCH. To BERNAFAY WOOD.
28.10.16
Casualties week ending 29.10.16.

KILLED 18. WOUNDED 50. DIED OF WOUNDS 1. MISSING 5.
To Hospital 25.
To Courses 8.
From Courses 3.
From leave to England 2.
From Hospital 8.
From Base 29.

29.10.16
To ALBERT via MAMETZ. LIEUT ROBINSON rejoined from wound.
30.10.16
2nd Lieut Morris rejoined from Divl. Baths.
31.10.16
Casualties.

MISSING BELVD KILLED attd T.M.B. 1.
To Hospital 8.
Rejoined from Hospital 11.
Joined from Base 4.
Joined from leave to England 1.

[signed] R.G. Cullis. Lieut.
A/Adjutant. 1st Btn. The Border Regiment

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 Battery.