2nd Battalion War Diary, November 1916
| 2nd Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/1655 & WO/95/1656
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|The Battalion was relieved in the trenches (LE TOUQUET left subsector) by 10th Cheshire Regt – on relief proceeded to billets in the vicinity of STEENWENCK.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at COUTR CROIX and ROUGE CROIX near FLETRE.|
|The Battalion remained in billets. Training was carried out daily.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at EBBLINGHEM.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at TILQUES.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at ZOUAFQUES.|
|The Battalion remained in billets and continued its training.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at ACQUIN.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at AUDINCTHUN.|
|The Battalion rested in billets.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at FIEFS.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at HERNICOURT and PIERREMONT.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at NUNCQ and HAUTE COTE.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at AUTHIEULE.|
|The Battalion marched to billets at BERTRANCOURT.|
|The Battalion marched to billets near MAILLY-MAILLET arriving about 4pm.|
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|The Battalion proceeded to support trenches (K.35.C.H.7 to K.35.C.22) relieving 2nd Bn MANCHESTER REGT.|
|The Battalion remained in Support line. Casualties:- 1 man wounded 25/11/16.|
|The Battalion relieved 2nd GORDON HIGHLANDERS in the Front Line (K.35.a.3.0 to K 35.d.5.6) at night relief commencing at 9pm.|
Casualties:- 4 killed, 7 wounded.
|The enemy shelled various points in the line during the day. Our artillery retaliated. Owing to the condition of the ground patrolling was impossible. Casualties:- 7 wounded.|
|Enemy artillery was quiet during the day until about 4pm when a heavy bombardment was opened on our front line. Our artillery retaliated strongly & about 6pm enemy fire slackened & died away. Enemy snipers were active causing several casualties.|
Casualties:- Captain D. ELLIOT wounded. 4 killed, 3 wounded.
|Enemy artillery was less active. Enemy snipers were again active, our snipers retaliating.|
Casualties:- 3 killed, 10 wounded.
2nd LIEUT S.J. LOCKYER joined the Battalion on 13/11/16.
References / notes
- 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.
- The following four men were killed:
- Henry Joseph McCluskey (16049 Pte.) Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
- Ellison Wallis Kerr (27173 Pte.) Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
- James Hoyle (27124 Pte.) Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
- E. Booth (27044 Pte.) Age: 21. Buried at Redan Ridge Cemetery No.3, Beaumont-Hamel.
- CWGC records five men killed:
- T.G. Western (24256 Pte.) Buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps.
- F. Neilson (27297 Pte.) Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery.
- James Edward Bevon (19414 Pte.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
- William Albert Jones (27330 Pte.) Age: 26.Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Husband of Annie Hampson (formerly Jones), of 10 Honduras St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.
- Thomas Ernest Whinfrey (27223 Pte.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
- CWGC records five men killed, all commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial:
- George Hetherington (23587 Pte.)
- William Henry Lowe (16851 Pte.) Age: 34. Son of John Lowe, of Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland; husband of M.M.J. Lowe, of Stanley Villa, Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea.
- Robert Machin (27049 Pte.) Age: 23. Son of Mrs. Hannah Machin, of 59 Commercial St., Todmorden.
- Jonathan Welch (8886 Pte.)
- William Scott (19431 Pte.) Age: 20. Son of Mrs. M.A. Scott, of Howland, Thursby, Carlisle.
- George Ernest Beaty-Pownall, DSO (Lt-Col.) Died 10/10/1918 Age: 41. 2nd Border Regiment (attd. 1st Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers). Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. His brother Thomas also died with 2nd Border Regiment.
- The war diary is signed by Major Beaty-Pownall using the standard Lieut-Colonel stamp, which he did not cross out and replace with Major as with the previous month and January and February 1917.