2nd Battalion War Diary, July 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
BUSNES
1st to 12th
July 1915
The Battalion remained in billets. On 7th July 1915 the Battalion in conjunction with the 20th Brigade, lined the streets between BOURECQ and LILLERS on the occasion of the visit of Earl Kitchener, Secretary of State for War.

[Additional note written in the remarks and references column] 2nd Lt F.D. Adamson[1] and 50 O Ranks joined the Battalion on 9th July 1915.

BUSNES
13th July 1915
The Battalion proceeded to Reserve Billets at LESTREM.
LESTREM
14th to 16th
July 1915
The Battalion remained in billets.
LESTREM
17th July 1915
The Battalion proceeded to billets at LACOUTURE and arrived at about 9pm.
LACOUTURE
18th to 20th
July 1915
The Battalion remained in billets.
LACOUTURE
21st July 1915
The Battalion proceeded to the trenches relieving the 2nd Gordon Highlanders.
22nd to 25th
July 1915
In trenches* (Casualties 6 killed, 10 wounded) mostly "A" Coy.

[Additional note written in the remarks and references column] *4 Casualties occurred owing to parapet being blown in by enemy shellfire.[2]

26th July 1915
The Battalion was relieved in trenches by 2nd Warwicks Regt and proceeded to billets at LESTREM.
LESTREM
27th to 30th
July 1915
The Battalion remained in billets.
LESTREM
31st July 1915
The Battalion proceeded to billet at ROBECQ.
E. Thorpe, Lieut-Colonel
Commanding 2nd Bn The Border Regt.

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. Lieut. Francis Douglas Adamson. Died 16/11/1915. Age: 24. Buried at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy. Native of Houghton-le-Spring. Son of Clara I. Adamson of 1, Belford Terrace, Sunderland, and the late Cuthbert Edward Adamson.
  2. The following four casualties recorded as died 25th July 1915:
    • W. Banks (6723 Pte.) Died 25/07/1915. Buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.
    • Thomas Richard Berwick (16860 L/Cpl.) Died 25/07/1915. Age: 29. Buried at Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy. Son of Charles and Mary Berwick of 1,Cross St., Moss Bay, Workington, Cumberland.
    • J.W.E. Chant (9032 L/Cpl.) Died 25/07/1915. Buried at Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy. Son of Mrs. S. Chant of 12, Victoria Rd., Guernsey.
    • J.H. Nichols (20206 Pte.) Died 25/07/1915. Buried at Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy. Husband of J. Nichols of 31, Clayton St., Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire.