8th Battalion War Diary, April 1917
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| 8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/2251
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|2nd||Inter platoon Bombing Competitions – C Coy won 26 pts B coy 19, A & D 11 pts. 2nd S. Lancs Sports in afternoon – Brigadier & Bde Major dined at Bn HQ.|
|3rd||CO & OC Coys specialist officers to trenches at WULVERGHEM. Usual Coy training.|
|NEUVE EGKISE||4th||Bn moved to NEUVEEGLISE area – 2 in Comm & Adjutant to trenches.|
|WOLVERGWEN||5th||Bn relieved 1st OTAGO NZ Bde. D Coy on left, C coy on R, A left support, B right support - A coy SOUTLAND FM, GALWAY dugouts DESTROYED WINDMILL – B coy FORBES TERRACE. A & B supplied working parties for front line Heavy Artillery bombardment at 8pm. Enemy retaliated - 3 casualties D coy, 2 NZ TN Battery killed & 1 RE.|
|6th||A & B working parties 40 each in morning & night – Day cold & wet fairly quiet day.|
|7th||A & B working parties 20 morning 20 afternoon & 40 night. Day very clear. TM active in morning on left. 8pm heavy artillery fell on left. We retaliated.|
|8th||Working parties as usual - little activity - weather very fine.|
|9th||A relieved D, B relieved C in line. Relief completed by 6.00 am. Col Bond left to command 7th Bde temporarily. Unsettled weather. RIR Officers went round trenches.|
|10th||Blizzard in morning. Usual working parties, Day quiet. Patrol 10th to 11th reported movement opposite bombing post N36/7.|
|11th||Cold mild weather with snow. No night working parties or patrols.|
|12th||Usual working parties. Enemy active with Minenwerfer opposite Bombing Block N 36-7. Night quiet. Day fine.|
|13th||Bn relieved by 2nd RIR. GOC Div & Bde through front line.|
|STEETHUE||14th||Arrived in billets 2am. Battn rested & cleaned up.|
|15th||Church Parade. Coy officers reconnoitred attack course at BAILLEUL. Wet & attack in afternoon postponed.|
|16th||Coy training in morning. Also Baths. Attack over course in afternoon. Training for sports C Coy 10th platoon chosen to represent Bn. Wild & wet day.|
|17th||Wet morning – sports postponed. Fine afternoon. Working parties supplied 360 men.|
|18th||Heavy snow – sports cancelled – working parties 360 men.|
|19th||OC Coys watched attacks by 11th Cheshires. Preparing for move in morning. Day wet & cold.|
|PONT DE NIEPPE||20th||Cleaning up billets. Bth took over billets 2nd S. Lancs. Day fine.|
|21st||Working parties supplied all day. 1 man from C Coy killed 1 wounded returning near Chapelle [Rouque?] Day fine & warm.|
|22nd||Working parties asusual. Church Parade. Day fine & warm.|
|23rd||Usual working parties (4 Coys) Cable laying SOYER FARM & moving stores. [????] Btn concert at night. Divisional orchestra attended by Brigadier & staff. 2nd Lt Jones 3rd Worcesters attached for duty.|
|24th||Usual working parties. Major CWH Birt & 2nd Lieut F. Haswell (4 Border) reported for duty. Day fine. Inspected all Lewis Guns.|
|25th||Usual working parties. 1 LG section sent to TOOL HOUSE to asst Btn in line. Night compass march for officers. Day warm. & fine.|
|26th||Usual working parties and LG and Bombing classes. Enemy shelled Bridge over River Lys during the day. Slight damage. Day cloudy clearing up low & dark.|
|27th||Usual working parties and LG and Bombing classes. Night working parties cancelled. Day cloudy. Lecture to officers & NCOs in afternoon by Major Birt & night marching by compass for officers.|
|28th||Usual working parties and LG and Bombing classes. Day cloudy & warm. Boxing tournament in evening.|
|ERQUINGHEM||29th||Cleaned up billets. Marched to Erquinghem to take over billets in laundry from Australians in afternoon. Fine & warm. Church Parade.|
|30th||Cleaning up. Physical drill. Baths at laundry morning. Afternoon marched with Brigade to Billets near Outersteene.
[Signed] F.S. Wilkinson, Major
8th Border Regt.
References / notes
- National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/2251
- The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
- War diary made available by M. Deacon and transcribed by P. Bramham.
- James Robert Ball (26714 Pte.) Age: 41. Buried at Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery. Husband of Ada Ball of 53, Reservoir St., Seedley, Manchester.