8th Battalion War Diary, December 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|
|ERNY ST JULIEN||1st||Cleaning up billets - & Coy inspections - Cold & showery.|
|2nd||No church parade owing to chaplain having left Bn through sickness.|
|3rd||Bn preparing to move to 3rd Army area – D coy proceeded as loading coy at ANVIN.|
|4th||A Coy left ast 1.45am – Transport 5.0am – remainder 7.45am left ERNY ST JULIEN & marched to ANVIN – entraining for ACHIET LE GRAND (3 Army Area) – arrived 11.30pm & marched for GOMIECOURT - Freezing.|
|GOMIECOURT / ROCQUINGY||5th||Cold night in tents at GOMIECOURT. Marched in Bde to huts at ROCQUINGY via BAPAUME – Cold but fine.|
|6th||Cleaning up & Coy inspections – showery.|
|7th||Coy training & Lewis Gun classes wet.|
|8th||Cold & showery – Lt-Col. Sir H. Lennard Bt. (ADC 6th Corps) – late 2nd in Comd visited Bn Concert at night & coy training – musketry & Bombing.|
|ROCQUINGY / BEUGNATRE||9th||Bn marched as Brigade to BEUGNATRE in huts – Bde in Divl reserve – wet.|
|10th||Coy training & Lewis Gun classes.|
|11th-15th||Bn found working parties for burying cable. Weather cold, hard frost at night.|
|16th||Bn attended divine service. Weather cold & frosty but fine.|
|BEUGNATRE||17th||Bn engaged on working parties burying cable. Slight fall of snow. Weather cold.|
|18th||Bn engaged on working parties burying cable. Weather extremely cold, freezing hard.|
|19th||Bn engaged on working parties burying cable. Weather cold & frosty.|
|20th||Cleaning up billets. Company inspections. Company Commanders reconnoitred trenches.|
|LAGNICOURT||21st||BN relieved 4th South Staff Regt in the line NE of LAGNICOURT, No casualties.|
|22nd||Very quiet. Good work done during day improving & deepening trenches in places. Wiring at night.|
|23rd||Quiet day. LAGNICOURT shelled fairly heavily by hostile artillery. Wire in front strengthened. Freezing.|
|24th||50 men (A Coy) digging new support trench from HARROGATE AVENUE to YORK SUPPORT 5pm-9pm. Freezing.|
|25th||Xmas Day – Enemy shelled Harrogate Av. Nr. Bn HQ wounded 2 Cheshire men. Snow during day. 2 officers 3rd Worcesters on right on wiring duty – lost during snowfall not returned – Brigadier visited Bn trenches to wish compliments of season.|
|26th||Quiet day - fine.|
|VAULX-VRAUCOURT||27th||Bn moved to VAULX-VRAUCOURT.|
|28th||Cleaning up. Coy inspections & baths - fine – freezing.|
|29th||2 coys wiring MORCHIES-VAUX line. 2 coys digging, deepening & improving LAGNICOURT SWITCH – Fine & cold.|
|30th||Usual working parties.|
|31st||Usual working parties. Fine & cold.
[Signed] CWH Birt, Lt-Col.
Comdg 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.