8th Battalion War Diary, February 1916

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    8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/2251    
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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.
4th Company training.
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.
11th Company training.
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.
19th Brigade sports.
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.
C.E. Bond
Lt. Col. Cmdg 8th Border Regt.

References / notes[edit]

  • 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.