8th Battalion War Diary, November 1916

  8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events
PONT de NIEPPE 1st The Regiment moved to Pont de Nieppe. B and A companies billeted at the [Dinliarch Battery?] and C & D coys in Nieppe.
2nd Moved at midday to huts in Romarin.
ROMARIN 3rd & 4th Company training. Draft of 42 men arrived and two officers.
5th Church parade in the morning.
6th & 7th Company training. Draft of 22 men arrived and one officer.
TRENCHES 8th The battalion relieved XI Cheshires in front line trenches. The 12th R. Irish Rifles on our left and the 8th South Lancs on our right. Our line extending from [Le Douve?] to Seaforth Farm. HQ of Battn at Red Lodge. D Coy in front line. C Coy in subsidiary line. A Coy in support & B in reserve.
9th Quiet day. Coys engaged in repairing & improving trenches. Patrols had nothing special to report.
10th The subsidiary line had a few hostile shells. The usual work was carried on. 20 men from XI Cheshire Regt were sent to help to repair front line.
11th D Coy in front line was relieved by B Coy. The remaining two Coys were not moved.
12th Quiet day. The front line received about 6 shells (small) on the front line. Fatigue patrols carried up material during the night.
13th The enemy again shelled front line also subsidiary line. Repair work was carried on without trouble & the usual fatigue parties carried up material.
14th The Battalion was relieved in the front line trenches by the XI Cheshires.
15th The new draft of 125 men were drilled and instructed during the morning. Field mortars and [B???] were taken out and repairs started. Each post held by 1 NCO and 7 men.
16th All available men were practised in the use of the new box gas respirators. 30 men in the morning & 31 in the afternoon were sent up to front line on working parties & 30 men on carrying party and 20 as working party at night in the trench.
17th The battalion furnished the same parties as on the 16th also 21 men to work on ["Fats"? Forward advanced trench?] Marshall & Brandon.
18th & 19th Same as 17th.
20th The Battalion relieved the XI Cheshires in the trenches A Coy front line. B Coy subsidiary line. C Coy in support. D Coy in subsidiary & locality.
21st & 22nd Nothing of importance to relate. The usual working parties carried out repairs in the front line and CT [communication trench].
23rd C Coy relieved A Coy in the front line. About 12 shells were fired into the front line held by the Germans. No damage.
24th & 25th Repairs were carried out in the front line & subsidiary lines.
26th The Battn were relieved by the XI Cheshires. [Fats?] Marshall and Brandon occupied by detachments from A Coy.
REDLODGE 27th & 28th The Battn were exercised under Coy arrangements in drill, bayonet fighting physical exercises. 40 men each day were sent up to the firing line to help the XIth Cheshires repair parapets.
29th The two detachments in [Fats?] Brandon and Marshall were relieved by two more detachments of A Coy. The usual fatigue parties were furnished.
30th The usual working parties were furnished to assist in repairing the front line trench. The remainder of the Battn has exercised in drill, bayonet fighting & physical exercise.
[Signed] C. E. Bond, Lt.Col.

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.