6th Battalion War Diary, July 1916

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    6th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/4299 & WO/95/1817/1    
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
AT SEA 1-7-16
H.M.T. SCOTIAN. Voyage very pleasant
2-7-16
— do —
3-7-16
— do —        Sports – Boxing and Tug of War
4-7-16
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5-7-16
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MARSEILLES 6-7-16 0900
Arrived MARSEILLES – disembarked 15.00 whole ship and entrained.
TRAIN 1730
Train left – very little room for baggage – Lt & QM WHITE returned from leave.
7-7-16
In train.
8-7-16
— do —
MONTSEN
TORNOIS
9-7-16 0200
Arrived St POL & marched to MONTS EN TERNOIS, Billets fair. Most of day spent cleaning up etc.
10-7-16
Route march – Inspections – men’s feet need much hardening to [?].
11-7-16
— do —
12-7-16
Inspection on route march by GOC XIth Div. Lt Gen Sir C.L. WOOLCOMBE K.C.B.
13-7-16 1000
Gas lecture by Capt HARTLEY – 1400 inspection by GOC XIth Div.
14-7-16
Route march etc.
MONTS/AGNEZ 15-7-16 11 AM
Marched off for AGNEZ – arrived 6p.m.
16-7-16
Officers to take over redoubts ARRAS inspected their positions.
AGNEZ/ARRAS 17-7-16 15.00
Marched to ARRAS and took over from 6th YORKSHIRE REGT as under.
ARRAS
    ACHICOURT – 2 platoons B. Coy, Capt CARR – RONVILLE 2 platoons B Coy

    ST SAVEUR – 2 platoons C Coy, Capt MORRIS – CEMETRY 2 platoons C Company
    OILWORKS – 1 platoon A Coy
    NICHOLAS – 1 platoon D Coy – FORRESTER 2 platoons D Coy Capt WILLIAMS
    BOSKY – 1 platoon D Coy

3 Platoons A Coy & HQ close to station ARRAS – relief complete 9 PM
18-7-16
Battalion in village line as for 17-7-16 – many classes.
19-7-16
— do —        Billets very dirty – Work carries
20-7-16
— do —        on cleaning them and improving
21-7-16
— do —        redoubts [?lines?]
22-7-16
Garrisons ACHICOURT (B Coy) and RONVILLE (A Coy) increased to one company. Remaining redoubts taken over by 42nd Inf. Bde. Group. C & D Coys now in billets at HQ.
ARRAS 23-7-16
Battalions as on 22-7-16 – Gas alarm – 11 PM – alarm only.
24-7-16
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25-7-16
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26-7-16
— do —        
27-7-16 4 PM
Two platoons C Coy under Lt ROSS took over CEMETRY – Remainder Bn as on 22 to 26-7-16
28-7-16
A Coy RONVILLE – B Coy ACHICOURT – ½ C Coy CEMETRY – R[?] & HQ ARRAS.
29-7-16
— do —        
30-7-16
— do —        
31-7-16
— do —        

Signed D Mathers Lt Colonel Commanding
6th Border Regt.

Notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/1817/1
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
  • War diary transcribed by Hugh Fulton.