2nd Battalion War Diary, September 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 remained encamped N of the Church BUIRE.|
|The Battalion remained encamped N of the Church BUIRE.|
|The Battalion was ready formed up to entrain on lorries at 7.15pm but did not actually leave until about 3.30pm. On arrival at FRICOURT the Battalion left the lorries & made a temporary halt in a field whilst rations and bombs were issued, the latter having to be donated.|
|Major G.E. Beaty-Pownall was left in charge of the Battalion to bring it on to MONTAUBAN where it arrived just after the 9th Devons Regt at about 2am on the 4th September. Here guides were picked up and the Battn proceeded to BERNAFAY WOOD to pick up tools. On completion of this the move was continued & in a very short time it was found that the guides has disappeared so the forward move was completed without them – The Battn catching up the 9th DEVON REGT who had also apparently lost their guides. These occurrences considerably delayed the advance. The Battn was inposition as follows:|
A Company (under CAPT. P.R. DOWDING):– 2 Platoons in STOUT TRENCH, 2 Platoons in SUPPORT TRENCH N of GINCHY AVENUE.
|At about 4am on the 5th the 2 Companies completed their relief of the 12th KINGS LIVERPOOL REGIMENT their positions being as follows:-|
"D" Company in a trench N.W. of GUILLEMONT opposite GINCHY. "B" Company in support in rear. Half Battalion headquarters in a dugout by NEW TRENCH. On the left of the Battalion were the 2nd GORDON HIGHLANDERS & on the right the ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS.
|On the 6th Sept the 2nd GORDON HIGHLANDERS and 9th DEVONS REGT made two attempts to take GINCHY in front of the trenches held by the Battalion. Although they got into the village they were unable to hold it owing to hostile machine gun and shell fire & had to fall back. The Lewis Guns of the Battalion endeavoured to assist the attack by firing from advanced positions & continued to do so until put out of action by being buried one also being damaged.|
|On the morning of 7th Sept about 2am B and D Company were relieved by 7th ROYAL IRISH RIFLES & moved back to MONTAUBAN where relief of the Battn was reported competed at 4AM - after which the Battn reassembled in bivouac South of FRICOURT.|
Casualties 3/9/16 to 7/9/16:-
|The Battalion marched to ALBERT starting at 7.45am and entrained at 10.30am for AIRAINES arriving at about 4pm.|
|The Battalion remained in rest billets, battalion training being carried out.|
|The Battalion marched to LONGPRE and entrained at 10.45 for BAILLEUL.|
|On arrival at BAILLEUL the Battalion marched to billets at NIEPPE and PONT DE NIEPPE arriving at about 12 noon.|
(Reference Maps:- BELGIUM & FRANCE Sheet 28 SW 1/20,000 and FRANCE Sheet 36 NW (Edn6c) 1/20,000)
|The Battalion proceeded to trenches (LE TOUQUET LEFT SUB-SECTOR) relieving 9th WELSH FUSILIERS. The Relief was competed at 12 NOON and the Battn was distributed as follows:-|
FRONT LINE front (right) ESSEX CENTRAL FARM C4.a.65.00 to left U.28.a.2.7.
|The situation remained normal. Patrols were sent out from 3 frontline coy during the night. Enemy wiring parties were encountered by a patrol of Centre Coy. Enemy machine guns were very active from 7.17 to 7.45pm.|
|There was a little enemy artillery activity & a few small trench mortars were fired on the left company during the morning. We retaliated with Stokes Mortars & rifle grenades. Patrols were sent out at night – the patrol from Centre Coy located 3 enemy working parties which were fired on later by Lewis Guns & dispersed.|
|Our artillery shelled positions behind enemy line during the day. In the afternoon enemy fired rifle grenades at left & centre coy in retaliation for our Trench Mortar fire. Enemy Machine Guns were active at night. Patrol on left Company located enemy working party.|
Casualties:– 3 wounded.
|There was little activity during the day & much work in repairing trenches was done. Patrols went out but enemy were not seen or heard.|
Casualties:– 1 wounded.
|The enemy fired a few Trench Mortars at the Right Coy during the day. Our Stokes Battery retaliated & silenced him.|
Casualties:- 1 killed. 1 wounded.
|Enemy snipers were active in early morning – we retaliated. The Battalion were relieved by 8th DEVONS REGT and companies after relief were located as follows:|
B Company garrisoned the following Strong Post:- LYS FARM, STATION REDOUBT, SEVEN TREES.
|The Battalion remained in billets & posts as above. Work was done repairing and strengthening strong posts and trenches.|
Casualties:- 28th:- 2 wounded 29th:- 8 wounded.
[signed] G.E. Beaty-Pownall, Major
Commanding 2nd Battn. The Border Regt.
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.
- 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.
- Capt. Richard Francis Newdigate. Age: 22. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of the late Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Newdigate, K.C.B., Rifle Brigade, and Lady Newdigate. Proceeded to France December 1914; wounded at Neuve-Chappelle 1915; returned to the Front November 1915.
- CWGC has his rank as Captain: James Andrew Malkin. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
- 2nd Lieut. Stanley Martindale. Age: 20. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Martindale, of 6, ShawvilleTerrace, Shildon, Co. Durham. Educated at King James' I Grammar School, Bishop Auckland, and Borough College, Isleworth. Gazetted from the London University O.T.C.
- J. Wernham (21034 L/Cpl.) Buried at Tancrez Farm Cemetery.
- S. Holden (27344 Pte.) Buried at Tancrez Farm Cemetery.
- Capt. John Moore. Died 26/10/1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.