1st Battalion War Diary, September 1917

The home of the Lonsdale Battalion 1914-1918
Jump to navigation Jump to search
    1st Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/4311 & WO/95/2305    
Home font awesome.svg
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1915
1916
1917
1918
Instructions regarding War Diaries and Intelligence Summaries are contained in F.S. Regs., Part II, and the Staff Manual respectively. Title Pages will be prepared in manuscript. WAR DIARY
or
  INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY  
(Erase heading not required.)
Army Form C. 2118
Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
Sheet 1
POLLHILL CAMP 1st
Training at POLLHILL CAMP.
2nd
1st Battalion visited 2nd Battalion at OUDEZEELE – tug of war & football contest. 1st Battalion won the 1st & drew for the second event.
" 3rd
Brigade Ceremonial Parade under B.g. Gen. Lucas DSO where General B. de Lisle presented medal ribbons to those who had won decorations 16/8/17.
" 4th
Inspection parade under [?C].
" 5th
Training parade.
" 6th
Do.
7th
Parades & Staff [?] & tactical Ex for CO. & 2nd in Command & Coy Commanders.
8th
Battalion moved to HERZEELE training ground. billeted in village – very good billets.
9th
Field Day Training 9 AM – 3 PM. with lunch in the open. Glorious day troops worked excellently – most successful & pleasant day.
10th
As for yesterday.
Casualties for week ending 7th.
Increase Draft from Base Off. 6     O.R. 64 2Lt LB Clapp[1] 2Lt B [?Gast]
Rejoined from Hospital         2 2Lt JH Smith 2Lt CW [?Saipior]
2Lt SM [?] 2Lt D [?Miller]
       6         66
Sheet 2
POLLHILL CAMP
near HAANDEKOT
7th
Decrease. Evacuated. 10. Transferred 1. Total 11 O.R.
11th
Brigade training field day similar to the previous battalion ones.
12th
Moved back to POLLHILL CAMP again at conclusion of training.
13th
Brigade sports this afternoon. Battalion won Band Race. Officers Pick a back race. Dog Show. Bicycle race 2nd & 3rd. Tug of War 2nd.
14th
Marched to Bandaginghem station and entrained for Elverdinghe to MICHEL FARM & supplied working parties to the RE.
ELVERDINGHE
MICHEL FM.
15th
Increase during week ended 14/10/17 (sic)
Draft from Base OR 74 O.R. 64 Decreased
Rejoined from Hospital 2 To Base [?] 1 OR
      –       under arrest 1 Evacuated 8 OR
Total 77 Other Ranks Total 9 Other Ranks
" 15th
Working parties to RE as before.
16th
Battalion returned to POLLHILL CAMP. Today by train to BANDAGINGHEM.
17th
Sunday. Two Parades.
18th
Brigade ceremonial parade before Gen. LaCAPELLE cmd. 3rd French Army Corps who presented French decorations including CROIX DE GUERRE to PTE MASSEY[2] no.4927 1st Border Regt
Sheet 3
POLLHILL CAMP 19th
Bathing & inspections.
HENLEY CAMP
(FOREST AREA)
20th
Battalion moved to HENLEY CAMP behind ELVERDINGHE. Very comfortable camp. Enemy aeroplanes dropped bombs fairly near tonight but no casualties nor damage done.
21st
Training at HENLEY CAMP & started Battalion inter platoon football matches.
22nd
Training etc. as yesterday.
Casualties week ending 21st
Off[3] O.R.
Increase Rejoined from Hospital 1
Draft from base 1 12 2Lt GRW Raine
On appointment 1 2Lt TS [?Gayes]
Decrease Transferred to 7th Bn 1 2Lt Burkmar
On appointment [?]
Transferred to 87 TMB
1 2Lt RL [?Beckh]
To base [?] 1
Evacuated 10
Promoted to Commission 1 (Segt) to 2Lt [?Gayes]
23rd
Church parade.
24th to 30th
Training at Henley Camp.
Sheet 4
HENLEY CAMP 29th
Casualties for week ended 29th
Off O.R.
Arrivals from Corps Depot 17
Rejoined 2
19
Transferred to 89th TMB 3
Wounded (Gas) 1
Wounded 2
Evacuated 6
12

[Signed] AW Sutcliffe Capt.
a/adjutant
1/Border Regiment

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2305/1
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
  • War diary transcribed by Hugh Fulton
  1. Assumed to be: 2Lt Leonard Bishop Clapp.
  2. Assumed to be Private 4927 G. Massey
  3. Assumed to be: 9597 Thomas Samuel Gayes; 9531 William Joseph Aldridge Burkmar; Richard Leonard Beckh.