7th (Service) Battalion Border Regiment

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7th Border Regiment
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Formed / active 7 September 1914 - April 1919
Type Service Battalion
Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense
Evil be to Him who Evil Thinks
Commanders Col. J.S. Pelly 1914-15[1]
Lt-Col. R.L. Norrington 1915-16[2]
Lt-Col. R.S. Irwin 1916[3]
Lt-Col. W.J. Woodcock 1916[4]
Maj. R.S. Irwin 1916[5]
Maj. J.H. Bowe 1916-17[6]
Capt. A.P. Nasmith 1917[7]
Lt-Col. W.N.S. Alexander 1917[8]
Lt-Col. W.E.W. Elkington 1917[9]
Lt-Col. R.S. Irwin 1917-18[10]
Lt-Col.W.E. Thomas 1918[11]
Lt-Col. P. Kirkup 1918[12]
Theatre honours France & Flanders 1915-1918
Battle honours Somme 1916
Albert 1916
Delville Wood 1916
Arras 1917
Scarpe 1917
Ypres 1917
Passchendaele 1917
Somme 1918 (twice)
St. Quentin 1918
Bapaume 1918 (twice)
Amiens 1918
Albert 1918
Hindenberg Line 1918
Épéhy 1918
Cambrai 1918
Scambre 1918
War diary July 1915 - March 1919
Attached Attached to the 51st Brigade of the 17th (Northern) Division.
Disbanded Absorbed on the 22 September 1917 to form the 7th (Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion then disbanded after April 1919

7th (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion

The 7th (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion Border Regiment prior to infantry conversion fought under the title of the 1/1st Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry Battalion. The 1/1st was mobilised in August 1914 and then attached to the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade. They were designated as the XI Corps, Cavalry Regiment in May 1916, with the Headquarters, 'D' Squadron and the Machine Gun Section attached to the 20th (Light) Division. This lasted until April 1916 when they were allocated to the 2nd Cavalry Division before re-joining the XI Corps. In June 1917, it was announced that due to manpower shortages the Regiment would be dismounted and retrain as infantry. When they had completed the infantry conversion the regiment was re-designated the 7th (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion, the Border Regiment.

Casualties of the 7th Battalion (Roll of Honour)

Due to manpower shortages at the time, it was announced in June 1917 that the 1/1st Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry would be dismounted and retrained as infantry. When their training had completed the infantry conversion, the regiment was re-designated the 7th (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion, The Border Regiment. The following casualty list will contain a combined listing of the 7th Battalion and the 7th (Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion Border Regiment. This reason both are being combined is to maintain one complete listing. Each soldier will, however, clearly state which battalion he served under on his remembrance page.

The 7th 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 7th Battalion roll of honour, see 7th Battalion Border Regiment Casualty List.

War Diary

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.

    8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/2251    
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

References / notes

  1. Col. John Stannus Pelly: 6 September 1914 – 4 March 1915 (invalided).
  2. Lt-Col. Reginald Lewis Norrington: 4 March 1915 – 7 August 1916 (replaced).
  3. Lt-Col. Reginald Strutt Irwin: 7 August 1916 – 13 September 1916 (replaced).
  4. Lt-Col. Wilfred James Woodcock: 13 September 1916 – 31 October 1916 (wounded).
  5. Major Reginald Strutt Irwin: 31 October 1916 – 30 November 1916 (replaced).
  6. Major James Hodgson Bowe: 1 December 1916 – 3 January 1917 (replaced).
  7. Captain Alan Plater Nasmith: 3 January 1917 – 20 February 1917 (replaced).
  8. Lt-Col. William Nathaniel Stuart Alexander: 20 February 1917 – 15 September 1917 (replaced).
  9. Lt-Col. William Ernest Walter Elkington: 15 September 1917 – 12 November 1917.
  10. Lt-Col. Reginald Strutt Irwin: 12 November 1917 – 26 September 1918 (replaced).
  11. Lt-Col. William Edgar Thomas: 27 September 1918 – 21 October 1918 (killed in action / died of wounds).
  12. Lt-Col. Philip Kirkup: 23 October 1918 to 11 November 1918 (remained the Commanding Officer).
  13. Colonel H.C. Wylly, C.B. (1925). The Border Regiment in the Great War. Gale & Polden Ltd. ISBN 1847342728. p.257.
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