2nd Battalion War Diary, June 1915

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
GORRE
1/6/15
The Battalion remained in reserve billets.
GORRE
2/6/15
Two platoons of A Company proceeded to the trenches in support of 6th Gordon Highlanders who attacked the German front line trenches at 9.40pm after the explosion of a mine. The crater was taken but evacuated early on the morning of 10th May.
GORRE
3/6/15
Two companies proceeded to the trenches relieving the 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders.
GORRE
4/6/15
The remainder of the Battalion proceeded to trenches in the early morning.
GIVENCHY
5/6/15
The Battalion was relieved in the trenches by The Queens Regt a tabout 6pm and proceeded to billets at LES HARISOIRS.
LES HARISOIRS
6/6/15 to
11/6/15
In billets 2nd Lieut R.F. Baker joined the Battalion on 6/6/15. 2nd Lieut M.J. Smith 3rd Hants joined Battalion on 7/6/15.
LES HARISOIRS
12/6/15
The Battalion proceeded to billets at MARIAS.
MARIAS
13/6/15
2nd Lieut R.K. Ehrenborg, 2nd Lieut J. Walker, 2nd Lieut W.N. Beaumont,[1] Lieut A.W. Sutcliffe, 2nd Lieut C. [Ayluce?] 3rd Wilts joined the Battalion with a draft of 30 Other Ranks. The Battalion proceeded to the trenches at 8pm relieving Royal Welch Fusiliers.
GIVENCHY
14/6/15
The Battalion was relieved in trenches by 2nd Gordon Highlanders and proceeded to reserve billets at GORRE. Casualties 14/6/15:- 2 killed[2] 7 wounded.
GORRE
15/6/15 to
17/6/15
The Battalion remained in reserve billets. A draft of 25 other ranks joined the Battalion on 7/6/15.
GORRE
18/6/15
The Battalion proceed to trenches relieving 2nd Gordon Highlanders.
GIVENCHY
19/6/15
In trenches. 2 Lieut K. Sheriff, 3rd West Kents was wounded.[3] Lt. G.R.M. Dove, 2 Lieuts. J. Beckett, W.W. Moser, W.R.M. Woolf,[4] V.H. Lyscombe, R.G. Hannessey, R. Rawlinson,[5] joined the Battalion.
GIVENCHY
20/6/15 to
23/6/15
In trenches. Casualties 2 killed[6] 17 wounded. The Battalion was relieved on the night of 23/6/15 by 1st S. Staff Regt and proceeded to billets at LOCON.
LOCON
24/6/15
In billets. A draft of 30 other Ranks joined the Battalion. 2 Lieuts R.F. Ventris, K.W. Bourne, J.W. Gates, R.G. Spalding proceeded to join 2nd South Lancs Regt.
LOCON
25/6/15
The Battalion proceeded tobillets at BEUVRY at 9pm.
BEUVRY
26/6/15
In billets.
BEUVRY
27/6/15
The Battalion proceeded to trenches at 4.30pm relieving 1st Grenadier Guards.
CUINCHY
27/6/15 to
30/6/15
In trenches. 2 Lieut J. Beckett was killed on 28/6/15.[7] 2 Lieut R.F. Baker, 3rd Wilts Regt was wounded on 29/6/25.

Casualties 27-30/6/15:- 8 killed, 14 wounded.

The Battalion was relieved on the night of 30/6/15 and proceeded to billets at BUSNES arriving at 3am

M. Crackenthopre, Captain
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. 2nd Lieut. Wilfrid Newton Beaumont. Died 25/09/1915. Age: 28. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Son of the late George Edward and Sarah Beaumont.
  2. CWGC records one casualty: James Royal (17644 Pte.) Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.
  3. 2nd Lieut. Kenneth Sheriff. Died 23/06/1915. Age: 19. Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Born at Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire. Son of James and Mary Sheriff, of The Elms, Wisborough Green, Sussex.
  4. 2nd Lieut. Walter Richard Mortimer Woolf. Died 26/09/1915. Age: 29. Buried in Jewish Plot. A.8., Chocques Military Cemetery. Son of Mortimer and Miriam Woolf, of Mayfield, Mortimer Crescent, London.
  5. 2nd Lieut. Robert Rawlinson. Mentioned in Despatches. Died 25/09/1915. Age: 21. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Son of John Baldwin Rawlinson and Theodora W. Rawlinson of Graythwaite Old Hall, Lancashire.
  6. CWGC records one casualty: R. Greenop (6826 Pte.) Died 22/06/1915. Buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. Husband of Annie Bradley (formerly Greenop) of 7, Beaconsfield St., Chester.
  7. 2nd Lieut. John Beckett. Buried at Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert.