2nd Battalion (Regular Army) Border Regiment

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2nd Border Regiment
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55th Regt. and 2nd Battalion Colours
Formed / active 1 July 1881 — 28 October 1950
Type Regular Battlion
Byname The Two Fives[1]
Motto
Anniversary Arroyo dos Molinos 28 October
Commanders
Theatre honours France & Flanders 1914-1917
Italy 1917, 1918
Battle honours First World War:
Ypres 1914
Langemarck 1914
Gheluvelt 1914
Neuve Chappelle 1915
Aubers 1915
Festubert 1915
Somme 1916
Albert 1916
Bazentin 1916
Guillemont
Bullecourt 1917
Ypres 1917
Polygon Wood 1917
Broodseinde 1917
Poelcappelle 1917
Passchendaele 1917
Piave 1918
Vittorio Veneto 1918
War diary October 1914 - November 1917
Attached
Transferred
Disbanded Not disbanded

Early years (1881-1913)[edit]

2nd Border Regiment postings from formation to the First World War.

  • Dublin, Ireland 1882; Guernsey 1888; Malta 1888;
  • Multan, India 1890; Quetta 1897; Bareilly 1899;
  • Burma 1902; South Africa 1905; Sheffield, England 1907;
  • Bordon, England 1910; Pembroke Dock, Wales 1912;
  • France and Flanders (7 Division) from September 1914.

First World War (1914-1918)[edit]

Battalion war diary[edit]

Main project page: Border Regiment War Diaries

The aim of transcribing the war diary is to include as much of the original character as possible. This does include some incorrect spelling and infrequent punctuation to remain in keeping with our aims of the project. Each transcript includes a place, date, hour and summary column in a basic table format indicating the battalion, month and year in the title. Please note that the National Archives hold the copyright of the scanned images. However, transcripts of unpublished Crown Copyright war diaries from the First World War can be used in any type of media such as websites and books providing they conform to certain conditions. The National Archives state: "You are free to transcribe, translate, index and quote from published or unpublished Crown copyright material among the records as extensively as you wish and you may publish the results in any format and any medium: in accordance with the terms of the Open Government Licence." With this in mind each transcript will state: "The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information." For more information see the main war diary project page.

  2nd Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1914-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/1655 & WO/95/1656   
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
  This war diary page forms part of the Border Regiment Portal  


Roll of honour[edit]

The 2nd Battalion World War One casualty list has been compiled using the publication Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and cross-referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. The number of casualties compiled to date does not necessarily reflect the total number of casualties for this battalion due to the possibility of missed names and the (current) exclusion of officers and other ranks that were attached to the Border Regiment. This listing is a work-in-progress.

For the 2nd Battalion roll of honour, see 2nd Battalion Border Regiment Casualty List.

References / notes[edit]

  1. In association with its predecessor the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot