2nd Battalion War Diary, March 1916

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The National Archives WO/95/1655 & WO/95/1656    
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
MEAULTE
1/3/16 &
2/3/16
The Battalion remained in billets in Brigade Reserve.
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3/3/16
8.30AM
The Battalion proceeded to trenches (X26.c to E.3.c)relieving 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders. The 11th Bn Border Regt were on left and 8th Bn Devons on right of Battalion.
4/3/16
A draft of 47 Other Ranks joined the Battalion (Casualties 3rd to 10th March- 1 killed 12 wounded)[1]
Trenches
10/3/16
The Battalion were relieved in trenches by 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders and proceeded to billets in Brigade Reserve (A and C Coy and Battn HQ to MEAULTE, B and D Coys to BERCORDEL).
MEAULTE
11/3/16
A draft of 31 Other Ranks joined the Battalion.
13/3/16
B & D Coys rejoined the Battalion in MEAULTE.
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14/3/16 &
15/3/16
In billets.
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16/3/16
8.30AM
The Battalion proceeded to trenches (X26c to E3c) relieving 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders. The 11th Bn Border Regt were on left and 8th Bn Devons on right of Battalion.
21/3/16
A draft of 27 Other Ranks joined the Battalion. (Casualties 16/3/16 to 21/3/16: 3 killed 12 wounded)[2]
22/3/16
The Battalion were relieved in trenches by 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders and proceeded to billets in Brigade Reserve (B and D Coy and Battn HQ to MEAULTE, A and C Coys to BERCORDEL).
MEAULTE
24/3/16
A draft of 59 Other Ranks joined the Battalion.
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25/3/16
"A" and "C" Companies rejoined the Battalion at MEULTE.
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26/3/16 &
27/3/16
In billets.
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28/3/16
The Battalion proceeded to trenches (X26c to E3c) relieving 2nd Bn Gordon Highlanders. The 11th Bn Border Regt were on left and 8th Bn Devons on right of Battalion.
29, 30, 31st
In trenches (Casualties 1 killed, 4 wounded)[3]
S.H. Worrall, Major for 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. CWGC records two men killed this day:
    • William McClean (20468 Pte.) Died 09/03/1916. Buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery.
    • Henry Eaton (6973 Pte.) Died 06/03/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
  2. CWGC records two men killed this day:
    • L. Kennedy (18976 Pte.) Died 17/03/1916. Buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt.
    • J. Scrivens (17882 L/Cpl.) Died 18/03/1916. Buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt.
  3. John William Boyle (4533 Pte.) Died 31/03/1916. Age 29. Buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. Son of Hugh Boyle, of Carlisle.