7th Battalion War Diary, January 1916

  7th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1917)
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
OUDERDON
Jan 1st
In Rest Camp
Huts
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H19b 3/5
3rd
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4th
Machine Gunners and Bttn Bombers relieve 8th S. Staffordshires.
Roulers Rly
Trenches
5th
Battalion relieves 8th S. Staffordshires Regt. No incident occurred.
6th
Quiet day [illegible] for a few whizz bangs near Sunken Road. No damage done. Night Quiet.
7th
Day quiet – Battalion relieved by 3rd Bttn Rifle Brigade 24th Div 17th Brigade. Battalion marched back to OUDERDON Huts by Companies.
GANSPETTE
8th
Battalion moved to rest billets near St Omer. Transport left OUDERDON Huts at 1AM and entrained at POPERINGHE Station. Battalion paraded at 3.30 AM and marched to QUINTIN (a siding) near POPERINGHE and entrained. Arrived ST OMER 11.15 AM. Battalion left ST OMER Station 11.45AM followed by transport later. Billets in farms in vicinity of road West of Railway Crossing at WATTEN NNW of ST OMER. Battalion HQ and A Coy in GANSPETTE. Billets comfortable but very scattered. B and C Coy billets west of Railway and east and South-East of EPERLECQUES Forest. Grass fields for parades very [illegible] and most very wet.
GANSPETTE
9th to
17th
In billets
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18th
51st Brigade marched past 2nd Army Commander (Gen Plumer) near MOULLE. Bttn complemented pm appearance.
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19th
In Billets.
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20th
Bttn played 10th Manchester Regt for Divisional Football Cup. Result Manchesters 3 goals Borders 2 goals.
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21st
Honours list included 2nd Lt Linzesll’s Military Cross for good work in Rly Wood, Roulens Rly Trenches on 14th Dec. SCM Duggan (C Coy), Sergt Benwick and Cpl Ewing DCM’s for gallant conduct in Rly Wood on 14th Dec. Pte Fell and Pte Perry DCM’s for gallant work in SANCTUARY WOOD on 25th Sept 1915. Capt Tailford Military Cross for good work on several occasions in SANCTUARY WOOD on 25th Septs. Captain Wallace MO, Military Cross for good work done in SANCTUARY WOOD on 25th – 29th Sept. Bttn played 8th S Staffordshires for Brigade Football Prize (300 [?francs]) – Result Borders 3 Staffords 1.
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22nd
In Billets.
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23rd
CSM Duggan, Sergt Berwick and Cpl Ewing presented with DCM ribbons by 2nd Army Commander.
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24th-26th
In Billets.
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27th
Bttn played 10th Sherwood Forresters for Bde Football prize. Result Borders 1 Sherwoods 3
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28th–31st
In billets. Since arrival in Rest billets Companies have been doing Company Training. Each Company has been given short instruction in the use of bombs at the battalion Bomb School and have thrown live bombs as far as the supplies allowed which has not been sufficient for each man to throw one. Specially picked squads of each Company are being given extra training. Machine Gun, Signalling and Sniper classes have also been inaugurated. A 100 yds range in EPERLECQUES forest has been made and each Company is firing a [illegible] of four practices 2 of which are with gas helmets worn.

Appendix I[edit]

CASUALTIES
Killed-in-Action
Regl. No. Rank & Name. Date. Details.
NIL
Wounded
No. 7/12806 Pte. Longhorn, F.
Missing
NIL

Appendix II[edit]

  • WASTAGE FROM SICK: One officer (Capt. L.A.Newton) & 26 other ranks.

References / notes[edit]

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2008
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.