6th (Service) Battalion Border Regiment

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6th Border Regiment
6 (East Cumberland) Battalion
6th Border Regiment Officers, Egypt 1916.jpg
Officers of the Battalion in Egypt, 1916
Formed / active 25 August 1914 - 9 February 1918
12 July 1939 - 15 August 1944
Type Service Battalion (WW1)
2nd Line Territorial Army (WW2)
Byname
Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense
Evil be to Him who Evil Thinks
Anniversary
Commanders Major (temp. Lt-Col.) G.F. Broadrick
Major (temp. Lt-Col.) D. Mathers[1]
Theatre honours Gallipoli 1915
Egypt 1916
France & Flanders 1916-1918
Battle honours Suvla 1915
Scimitar Hill 1915
Somme 1916
Flers-Courcellete 1916
Thiepval 1916
Messines 1917
Ypres 1917
Langemarck 1917
Poelcappelle 1917
War diary
Attached
Transferred
Disbanded 9 February 1918 at Malingarbe[2]

First World War (1914-1918)[edit]

The 6th (Service) Battalion The Border Regiment was formed at Carlisle in August 1914 as part of Kitchener's K1 and attached to 33rd Brigade subordinate to the 11th (Northern) Division. The battalion moved from Cumbria to Belton Park (Grantham) and then to Frensham in April 1915 (training). It sailed with other 11th Division units from Liverpool on 1 July 1915 for Gallipoli, landing at Helles 20 July and was complete at Suvla Bay by August 1915. They were operational at Suvla Bay from August 1915 till December 1915 - moved from Gallipoli and spent Christmas at Mudros on Lemnos. The battalion was then withdrawn to Egypt January 1916 (Suez Canal protection duties).

It then embarked at Alexandria before sailing to France (Marseille) in July 1916. The battalion did not play a significant part in the Battle of the Somme until the beginning of September (and had been around Arras until then. The battalion was near the Peckham House, Spanbroekmolen and Kruisstraat mines, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.

The battalion was disbanded at Mazingarbe in France on 9 February 1918.

Further action of the Battalion (1915-1918)[edit]

The actions of the 6th Border Regiment during the war continues across Gallipoli, France and Belgium.

Battalion war diary[edit]

Main project page: Border Regiment War Diaries

The aim of transcribing the war diary is to include as much of the original character as possible. This does include some incorrect spelling and infrequent punctuation to remain in keeping with our aims of the project. Each transcript includes a place, date, hour and summary column in a basic table format indicating the battalion, month and year in the title. Please note that the National Archives hold the copyright of the scanned images. However, transcripts of unpublished Crown Copyright war diaries from the First World War can be used in any type of media such as websites and books providing they conform to certain conditions. The National Archives state: "You are free to transcribe, translate, index and quote from published or unpublished Crown copyright material among the records as extensively as you wish and you may publish the results in any format and any medium: in accordance with the terms of the Open Government Licence." With this in mind each transcript will state: "The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information." For more information see the main war diary project page.

  6th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1917)
The National Archives WO/95/4299   
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  This war diary page forms part of the Border Regiment Portal  

Roll of Honour[edit]

The 6th Battalion World War One casualty list has been compiled using the publication Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and cross-referenced with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. The number of casualties compiled to date does not necessarily reflect the total number of casualties for this battalion due to the possibility of missed names and the (current) exclusion of officers and other ranks that were attached to the Border Regiment. This listing is a work-in-progress.

For the 6th Battalion roll of honour, see 6th Battalion Border Regiment Casualty List.

Interwar Years[edit]

The 6th Border Regiment was disbanded on 9 February 1918 and was reformed as the 6th (East Cumberland) Border Regiment on 12 July 1939. The Battalion did not exist during the interwar years.

References / notes[edit]

  1. Attached from Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
  2. Officers and other ranks were absorbed into the 1st, 7th, 8th and 11th Battalions of the Regiment.