1st Battalion War Diary, September 1915
| 1st Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/4311 & WO/95/2305
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|Remained in Rserve in square 117.D.5. with one coy in the firing line. This coy is changed at the end of a 48 hours tour of duty in the trenches.|
|MAJOR NELSON left on special duty with orders to report to I.G.C. MUDROS.|
|Casulaties for week ending 4th September 1915.|
Officers Killed NIL, Wounded NIL, Sick NIL,
|The following officers joined the Battalion from ENGLAND, 2 LTS. CARGILL, DUFF, LEDWARD, McDONALD, WISE & FRASER.|
|The following names are officially notified to designate certain places on the map.|
Redoubt on KIRETCH TEPE SIRT at sq 135 U.1. known as JEPHSONS POST
|Orders received to hand back portion of firing line taken over from K.O.S.B. to them & to take over a corresponding amount of new trench from S.W.B.|
|Readjustment of line in accordance with above instructions carried out.|
|Enemy fired several rounds of percussion shrapnel & opened a heavy rifle fire from their trenches. This went on for about an hour but no movement of any sort by the enemy was observed.|
|Everything quiet again.|
|Casualties for week ending 11th Sept., Officers NIL|
Rank & files Killed NIL, Wounded 3, Sick 12.
|Draft of one officer LT. DE ROBINSON (rejoined convalescent from wounds) and 99 Rank & files from ENGLAND joined the Battalion.|
|Enemy opened a brisk fire demonstration & the Battlion was ordered to stand to. This went on for about an hour but no movement of any sort was made by the enemy & [?] resumed their normal course.|
|Casualties for week ending 18th September, Officers NIL Rank & file Killed NIL, Wounded 2, Sick 16.|
|Information received that relief of RMF which should have taken place on the night of 21st - 22nd delayed 24 hours.|
|Draft of one officer 2nd LT MACKENZIE & one [? - private] from ENGLAND joined the Battalion. In the evening a party of 2 officers & 100 rank & file of NEWFOUNDLAND REGT. sent up to the Battalion to be instructed in trench warfare. The whole of these were accommodated either in the firing line or close support trenches in proportion of one man of the BORDER REGT. to two of the NEWFOUNDLAND REGT.|
|Relieved by R.M.F. after dark & marched back to BORDER GULLY.|
|Move postponed another 24 hours owing to inclement weather.|
|Battalion embarked at LITTLE WEST BEACH in two lighters & proceeded on board S.S. ERMINE.|
|Disembarked at KEPHALOS, IMBROS & marched to rest camp.|
|Casualties for week ending 25th Sept., Officers NIL|
Rank & file Killed NIL, Wounded 4, Sick 8.
|Draft of one officer 2LT LILL 6th LINCOLNSHIRE REGT & 54 rank & file from ENGLAND joined the Battalion.|
|The Battalion rested at 87th Bde Rest Camp & trained in discipline, bomb throwing & night advancing.|
Casualties, officers sick 3, Maj & Adj ELLIS, 2LT COES & 2ND MACKENZIE.
|General remarks for the period.|
During this time a very great deal of hard work was performed by the Battalion & fall chiefly under four headings:
|4. A party of 2 officers & 100 rank & file were called for to dig communication trenches for the S.W.B. who were holding the portion of the line on our right.|
|All relief of the Company in the firing line had to be done at night & all work on the traverse in the firing line & the construction of the support sangar, communication trench & 2nd line trench had to be done at night.|
As regards actual military operations the period was lacking in interest [new page] & nothing more than long range [[sniping]] occurred. Opportunity was taken to improve the musketry of backward men & also to instruct the new drafts in patrolling by night.
References / notes
- National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/4311
- The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
- Could be I instead of T.
- King's own Scottish Borderers.
- South Wales Borderers.
- Royal Munster Fusiliers.
- Referring to the 1st (of the 4) points made earlier.
- Otherwise known as a fortification, a small fortified position most likely using sandbags and other such materials. The word sangar means 'Barricade' in persian.
- Copied exactly as it is written in the diary!