8th Battalion War Diary, February 1916
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| 8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)|
The National Archives WO/95/2251
|Place||Date||Hour||Summary of Events|
|STRAZEELE||1st||All Coys in billets and settled down. Companies doing training under Coy arrangements.|
|2nd||6 officers went to lecture at Bailleil subject Preliminary Bombardment by Major Williams. Coys went for a short route march.|
|3rd||Lecture in Bailleul by Capt [Sir?] J. Keane on Trench Mortar organisation & employment.|
|5th||Company training afternoon devoted to sports.|
|7th||Company training & route march.|
|8th||Gen. Woodward relinquished command of the Brigade.|
|9th||The Brigade inspected on route march by Gen. Plumer during the morning.|
|10th||The Brigade inspected on route march by Lord Kitchener.|
|12th||Company training. Football during afternoon.|
|13th||Church parade during the morning held on field near B Coy.|
|14th||Battalion engaged in training.|
|15th||Usual training during the morning. In the afternoon cross country race open to all unit of the division. Won by Border Horse. 8th Border 2nd.|
|16th||Special training in use of gas helmets.|
|17th & 18th||Company & Battalion training. Lecture by Capt. Fitzpatrick on Engineering work in the field.|
|20th||Church parade in morning. Brigade cross country race was held in the afternoon won by A Coy 8th Borders. Gold medal won by Corp Close.|
|21st||Company training and machine gun training for all companies.|
|22, 23, 24th||Company training including bayonet fighting, physical drill, route marching, and gas helmet drill.|
|25th||16 officers & 132 men proceeded to [Goteisterne?] to see demonstration of German Flammenwerfe. In evening concert given 8th Border Regt.|
|26th||Training considerably hindered on account of snow. Brigade boxing competition in evening. Lecture at 4pm by Col. Richardson on sniping.|
|27th & 28th||Company training & route march. Church parade.|
|29th||Brigade night march.
Lt. Col. Cmdg 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.