8th Battalion War Diary, March 1916

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    8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/2251    
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
STRAZEELE 1st Route march by all companies.
2nd A & B companies route march. C & D companies field training & bayonet fighting.
3rd 7th Company & Battalion training.
8th Brigade route march 12 miles.
9th Battalion employed in handing over & cleaning billets etc.
STRAZEELE & BOESEGHEM 10th The Battalion left Strazeele and marched to Boeseghem via Hazebrouck and billeted therefor the night.
BOESEGHEM & NEDON 11th The Battalion left Boeseghem and marched to Nedon.
12th In billets resting.
13th All companies practised in the attack open warfare during the morning.
14th The Battalion was inspected in the attack by the Brigadier.
15th All companies practised in open order drill.
NEDON BRYAS 16th The Battalion left Nedon and marched to Bryas arriving at 1pm.
17th Company inspections etc.
18th Route march by Companies 8 miles.
19th Church parade & inspection.
20th The Battalion was inspected by Sir Julian Byng in the grounds of the Chateau de Bryas and marched past in column of route.
21st Brigade practised in the attack, the XI Cheshires detailed as defending force. The attack carried out by 2nd S. Lancs on the right. 8th Border Regt in the centre, 8th S. Lancs on the left.
22nd Companies went on route march.
23rd The commanding officer, 2nd in command, adjutant & signalling officer visited the Southern portion of the new sector of the line of trenches [???] the subsidiary line was visited.
BRYAS 24th On account of the bad weather a Brigade concentration march was postponed. The companies were inspected under Coy arrangements and lectures given.
25th The northern sector of the new line of trenches was visited, only the subsidiary line was seen.
26th Church parade & inspections.
27th Brigade concentration march.
28th Battalion training. Attack & advance guards.
29th The Battalion was practised in night outposts north of Bryas.
30th Route march.
31st Inspected by the C in C near MARQUAY while onthe march.
P. Strachan, Major
Comdg 8th Border Regiment

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.