2/4th Battalion War Diary, December 1914

    2/4th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
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Transcribed from the War Diary of the 2/4th Border Regiment (1914-1919) and not the original war diary. This book was published by Carlisle book company Chas. Thurnam and Sons in 1920.
Entries from this source have been heavily abridged from their original form. This version of the war diary should be seen as a brief summary of events rather than a comprehensive account of the battalion's actions.
Place Date Hour Summary of Events
C.S.-M. J. J. Brooks, of the 6th Border Regiment, appointed Lieutenant and Quartermaster.
The Battalion, consisting of 13 officers and 791 other ranks, proceeded to Blackpool, and was billeted at South Shore, Battalion Headquarters being established at the Grand Hotel. One officer and 10 other ranks were left at Kendal to form a Depot. The Battalion was attached to the South Lancashire Brigade, under Brigadier-General Campbell. No Brigade work was attempted, but preliminary training was carried out in earnest, the seashore and adjoining country providing a most excellent training ground. The four company system was adopted. Squad and company drill, route marching, preliminary musketry, physical training and bayonet fighting, night operations and outpost schemes, were enthusiastically tackled, in spite of the shortage of rifles and equipment, which proved the most serious obstacle to training, the shortage of rifles especially retarding the musketry training. During the Battalion's stay at Blackpool the activity of the German submarines off the mouth of the Mersey and in the Irish Channel necessitated the patrolling of the shores. The Battalion had to find the South Shore picket, which patrolled the shore at night for three miles in the direction of St. Annes, and also the guard on the South Shore Pier.

References / notes

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/????
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
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