2nd Battalion War Diary, October 1915

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
1/10/15
The Battalion was relieved in the trenches and proceeded to billets at CAMBRIN.
CAMBRIN
2/10/15 to
6/10/15
In Brigade Reserve Billets. Captain M.U. Manly and a draft of 50 Other Ranks joined the Battalion on 4th inst.

Major S.H. Worrall, Lt R.W. Chetham-Strode,[1] 2nd Lieut W.E. Kelly, 2 Lieut E.L. Holland joined the Battalion on 6/10/15.

CAMBRIN
7/10/15
A draft of 320 O Ranks joined the Battalion. The Battalion proceeded to trenches at 9am.
8/10/15
2 Lt G.E. Coningham & a draft of 100 O Ranks joined the Battalion.
9/10/15
[No entry made]
10/10/15
The Battalion was relieved in trenches & proceeded to Billets at BEUVRY arriving at 6pm Casualties 7-10/10/15, 2 wounded.
BEUVRY
10/10/15 to
13/10/15
In billets. Casualties owing to billets being shelled 1 killed,[2] 3 wounded.
BEUVRY
14/10/15
The Battalion proceeded to trenches R.1. to the CAMBRIN-LA BASSEE Road relieving 21st Infantry Brigade.
15/10/15
[No entry made]
16/10/15
The Battalion was relieved in the trenches and proceeded to BETHUNE and billeted in barracks. (Casualties 14-16/10/15 – 2 killed)[3]
BETHUNE
17/10/15
The Battalion marched at 9.45am to L’ECLEME, arrived about 2pm and billeted.
L’ECLEME
18/10/15
In billets
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19/10/15
The Battalion moved to billets near HINGES. 2 Lieut E. Bernard joined the Battalion.
Near HINGES
20/10/15
The Battalion proceeded to trenches taking over the portion of the line between the SHRINE exclusive to A3.c.2.3, N of GIVENCHY.
21/10/15 to
23/10/15
In trenches. Casualties 3 wounded.
24/10/15
The Battalion was relieved in trenches at about 2pm and proceeded to billets at BETHUNE.
BETHUNE
25/10/15 to
31/10/15
The Battalion remained in rest billets. 2 Lieut G.G. Sharp joined the Battn on 27/10/15.[4]
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28/10/15
The Battalion with other units of the 1st Corps was inspected by HM THE KING. A draft of 14 O Ranks joined the Battalion.


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. 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, HydeGardens, Eastbourne.
  2. C. Curru (5502 Pte.) Died 12/10/1915. Buried at Beuvry Communal Cemetery. Brother of Mr. T. Curry, of 4, Hill St., New Silkworth, Sunderland.
  3. The following two men were killed:
    • J. Jepson (8911 Pte.) Died 15/10/1915. Age: 33. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. Son of Joseph and Esther Ann Jepson; husband of Sarah E. Jepson of 397, Hadfield Rd., Hadfield, Derbyshire.
    • Robert Murray (6299 Pt.) Died 16/10/1915. Age: 36. Buried at Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy. Son of Aaron and Mary Murray, of Workington, Cumberland.
  4. Could possibly be 2nd Lieut. A.G. Sharp. Died 01/09/1918. Age: 24. Buried at Fienvillers British Cemetery. Son of James and Dorothy Sharp, of Bates Cottages, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.