2nd Battalion War Diary, January 1915

  2nd Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1914-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/1655 & WO/95/1656   
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
SAILLY
4/1/1915
Lieut. R. F. Newdigate[1] and 50 Other Ranks joined the Battalion. B & D Companies proceeded to trenches relieving A & C Compnies who returned to billets. Casualties:- NIL.
SAILLY
8/1/1915
A & C Companies proceeded to trenches relieving B & D Companies eoreturned to billets. Casualties:- 1 wounded. Firing recommenced on this day.
SAILLY
9/1/1915
Lieut-Colonel L.I. Wood[2] rejoined and took over command of the Battalion.
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11/1/1915
2 Lieut. D.S. Richardson[3] and 110 Other Ranks joined the Battalion.
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12/1/1915
B & D Companies proceeded to the trenches relieving A & C Companies who returned to billets. Casualties A & C :- 2 killed,[4] 2 wounded.
SAILLY
13/1/15
A & C Companies under Lieut-Col. L.I. Wood joined B & D Companies in the trenches at night.
SAILLY
16/1/15
2nd Lieuts J.L. Wilson and G.N. Fraser[5] joined the Battalion. The Battalion was relieved at night and proceeded to billets at SAILLY. Casualties 13-17-1/15 :- 3 killed, 2 wounded.[6]
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19/1/15
In billets. Captain A.B. Clayton and 50 Other Ranks joined the Battalion.
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20/1/15
The Battalion under Lt-Col L.I. Wood proceeded to the trenches at night.
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24/1/15
The Battalion was relieved in the trenches at night and proceeded to billets at SAILLY. Casualties 20/1/15 to 24/1/15 3 killed, 2 wounded.[7] Major A.S.W. Moffat joined the Battalion.
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26/1/15
2nd Lieut. H.L. Cholmeley[8] and 94 Other Ranks joined the Battalion.
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28/1/15
The Battalion under Lieut-Col. L.I. Wood proceeded to the trenches at night. Casualties 28/1/15 to 31/1/15:- 2 killed, 5 wounded.[9]
L.I. Wood Lieut–Colonel
Commanding 2nd Battn Border Regiment

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/1655
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
  • War diary transcribed by P. Bramham.
  1. Capt. Richard Francis Newdigate, died 4/09/1916 aged 22. 3rd Border Regiment. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin gate) Memorial. Son of the late Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Newdigate, K.C.B., Rifle Brigade, and Lady Newdigate. Proceeded to France Dec. 1914; wounded at Neuve-Chappelle 1915; returned to the Front Nov. 1915.
  2. Lieut-Col. Lewis Ironside Wood, CMG, died 16/05/1915 age 48. Buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery. Son of John Richard and Frances Isabella Wood of Melton Hall, Melton, Suffolk.
  3. Lieut. Daryl Stewart Richardson, died 16/05/1915 age 24. 3rd Border Regiment (attd. 2nd Border Regiment). Son of William and Ada Richardson, of Bishops Down Grange, Tunbridge Wells.
  4. The following were killed on this day:
    • Robert Morris (4256 Cpl.) Died 12/01/1915 age 27. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of the late John and Alice Morris.
    • John Faughey (4497 Pte.) Died 12/01/1915 age 20. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of Richard and Grace Faughey of 6, Bells Place, Nelson St., Maryport, Cumberland.
  5. 2nd Lieut. Geoffrey Norris Fraser, died 12/03/1915 age 22. 3rd Border Regiment (attd. 2nd Border Regiment). Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Son of Simon Henry and Amy B. Fraser of 8, Windsor Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
  6. The following were killed or wounded on this day:
    • Goldthorpe Craggs (5052 Pte.) (Served as Jones) died 16/01/1915 age 19. Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Churchyard. Son of Mrs. R. H. Allen of 137,Wallace Rd., Sheffield.
    • Albert Hall (6564 Sgt.) died 14/03/1915 age 33. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. Husband of Jane Hall of 14, High Hill, Keswick, Cumberland.
    • W. Nicholls (11081 Pte.) died 16/01/1915. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.
  7. The following were killed or wounded on this day:
    • William Edward Cox (4766 Pte.) died 22/01/1915 age 19. Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of Tom and Hannah Cox of 36, Fountain St., Godley, Hyde, Cheshire.
    • W. Dent (6424 L/Cpl.) died 23/01/1915 age 32. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. Son of James and Sarah Dent of Keswick, Cumberland; husband of Mary Elizabeth Dent of 3, Stanley Terrace, Birch St., Windermere.
    • Henry William Elvins (6086 Pte.) Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
  8. Lieut. Harry Lewin Cholmeley, died 01/07/1916 age 23. 3rd Border Regiment (attd. 1st Border Regiment). Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of Lewin Charles and Elizabeth Maud Cholmeley of 19, Hamilton Terrace, St. John's Wood, London. Previously wounded with 2nd Border Regiment, March 1915. His brother Hugh Valentine lies in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery.
  9. The following died of wounds on the 29th and 30th January 1915 respectively:
    • H. Stock (Pte.) died 29/01/1915. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.
    • H. Eyres (11037 Pte.) died 30/01/1915. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.