2nd Battalion War Diary, June 1916

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The National Archives WO/95/1655 & WO/95/1656    
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BOIS DES TAILLES
1/6/16
to
10/6/16
The Battalion was employed during this period on work in connection with railway construction. 2nd Lieuts N. Ellis and H.J.B. Warren joined the Battn on 1/6/16. 2 Lieut E.W. Shaw joined the Battn on 2/6/16.
[Location torn away]
11/6/16
The Battalion proceeded to trenches in B2 subsector relieving 1st Bn South Stafford Regt. A Draft of 16 Other Ranks joined the Battalion on 11/6/16.
[Location torn away]
12/6/16
to
18/6/16
In trenches (Casualties: 4 killed, 9 wounded)[1]

A draft of 7 Other Ranks joined the Battn on 16/6/1916.
2 Lieuts H.J. Hayman-Joyce, J.H. Dothie, W.R. Robertson joined the Battn on 17/6/16.

19/6/16
The Battalion was relieved in trenches by 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders & proceeded to shelters at GRAN TOWN.
20/6/16
&
21/6/16
Shelters at GRAN TOWN. A Draft of 10 Other Ranks joined the Battalion on 21/6/16.
GRAN TOWN
22/6/16
The Battalion proceeded to billets at MERICOURT.
23/6/16
&
24/6/16
In billets.
MERICOURT
25/6/16
The Battalion proceeded to billets at MORLANDCOURT.
MORLANDCOURT
Major G.E. Beaty-Pownall[2] and 4 Other Ranks joined the Battn on 25/6/16.

72 Other Ranks joined the Battn on 26/6/16.
Parties were furnished by the Battalion on the nights of 27th, 28th & 29th & 30th June to cut the wire in front of B2 Sub Sector preparatory to an attack on 1/7/16.
Casualties:
    27/6/16 Killed:- 2 Lieut J.H. Dothie[3] & 3 OR.[4] Wounded:- 3 OR.
    28/6/16 Killed:- 3 OR.[5] Wounded 3 OR.

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28/6/16
Battalion Head Quarters and B Company proceeded to trenches in B2 Sub-Sector.
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29/6/16
D Company relieved B Company in trenches. B Coy returning to billetsat MORLANDCOURT.

Casualties: 29/6/16 Killed:- 1 OR.[6] Wounded:- Capt E.R. Chetham-Strode[7] & 1 OR.

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30/6/16
A, B, & C Coys proceed to trenches in B2 Sub-sector taking up assembly positions for the attack. Casualties: 30/6/16 Killed:- 1 OR[8] Wounded:- 5 OR.
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. The following men were killed or died of wounds:
    • Frederick Blythe (21989 Pte.) Died 12/06/1916. Age: 27. Buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension. Son of John and Eleanor Blythe, of 50 Corporation Road, Carlisle; husband of Mary Anne Blythe, of 3 Dunn's Court, St. John Street, Botchergate, Carlisle.
    • H.E. Dent (6412 Pte.) Died 16/06/1916. Age: 36. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt. Son of William and Selina Dent, of Birmingham; husband of Susan Mary Dent, of 35 Fifth Avenue, Bordesley Green, Birmingham.
    • W. Sword (21243 Pte.) Died 16/06/1916. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt.
    • Isaac Young (19981 Pte.) Died 14/06/1916. Age: 31. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt. Son of Wilfred and Isabella Young, of Kendal; husband of Elizabeth Young, of 18 Scott St., Caldewgate, Carlisle.
  2. Lt-Col. George Ernest Beaty-Pownall, DSO. Died 10/10/1918. Age: 41. 2nd Border Regiment (attd. 1st Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers) Buried at LijssenThoel Military Cemetery. Son of Lt-Col. G.A. Beaty-Pownall and Susan Beaty-Pownall. His brother Thomas also died with 2nd Border Regiment: Capt. Thomas Trelawny Beaty-Pownall. Died 24/03/1917. Age: 35. Buried at St. Leger British Cemetery.
  3. 2nd Lieut. John Howard Dothie. Died 27/06/1916. Age: 21. Buried at Citadel Military Cemetery, Fricourt. Son of the late Capt. James Elvery Dothie (Mercantile Marine) and Ellen Mary Dothie, of 32 Endsleigh Gardens, Ilford, Essex. Formerly Lonsdale Battalion.
  4. CWGC records two killed:
    • Richard William Davie (8778 Pte.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
    • Frederick Stephen Fielder (20999 L/Cpl.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
  5. CWGC records four killed:
    • T.E. Sparks (9797 Pte.) Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt.
    • John Herbert Cross (10331 Cpl.) Age: 22. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe. Son of Herbert and Mary Ann Cross, of 14 Elvaston St., Derby.
    • W. Britton (22169 Pte.) Age: 18. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt. Son of Thomas and Minnie Britton, of 14 Low Duke St., Workington, Cumberland.
    • James Haslam Witter (4195 Pte.) Age: 25. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt. Son of Mary Ann Witter, of 10 Hampden St., Bolton, and the late Mr. Witter.
  6. Thompson Rennie (7989 Pte.) Age: 31. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of William Rennie, of Broughton Cross, and the late Elizabeth Rennie; husband of Jane A. Rennie, of Croft House, Great Broughton, Cockermouth.
  7. Capt. Edward Randall Chetham-Strode. Died 01/10/1917. Age: 26. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Elder son of Dr. and Mrs. Chelham-Strode, of 60 Wimpole St., London; husband of Adeline Chetham-Strode, of 21 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne.
  8. Thomas Mullen (8915 Pte.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.