8th Battalion War Diary, September 1916

    8th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/2251    
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Date Hour Summary of Events
TRENCHES & BOUZINCOURT 1st At 2pm the Battalion was relieved by the XI Chesires Regt. The relief was not completed till 8am. The Regiment went into billets at BOUZINCOURT. Inspected by G.O.C at 5pm. At 8.30pm the officers & NCOs witnessed a practice attack by the 1st Wiltshire Regt.
2nd The Battalion left BOUZINCOURT at 2.45 pm and went into front line trench (HINDENBURG TRENCH) relieving 8 S. Lancs Regt.
3rd-6th In front line trenches at LEIPZIG SALIENT. The Battn was engaged in holding these trenches and improving & repairing them. Fewer casualties than where they were before.
7th The Battn was relieved during the morning by the West Riding Regt. and marched to BOUZINCOURT where they were billeted.
BOUZINCOURT 8th The Battalion marched to LILLEVILLERS to billets.
LILLEVILLERS 9th The Regt. remained at LILLEVILLERS. 5 Officers proceeded to AMPLIER for the day.
AMPLIER 10th Marched to AMPLIER and billeted in huts.
11th Marched to VACQUERIE.
DOMLEGER 12th The battalion proceed to DOMLEGER.
13th The day was given up to cleaning equipment etc. and refitting.
14th, 15th, 16th Squad drill, company training. Bayonet fighting and physical drill 6 hours per day.
17th Church parade at 10am. Three officers attended gas demonstration.
18th Indoor work lecture etc. Five officers attended gas demonstration.
19th & 20th Company training. One company on the range.
21st Company training. Lectures on gas. One company on the range.
22nd Company training. Lectures on bayonet fighting & discipline.
23rd Company training in morning. Football competition with 2 South Lancs. Borders winning by 3 goals to 1. Orders to move.
24th Church parade. Preparation for move.
25th Moved to Amplier starting at 7am. Halted for one hour & half at midday. Total distance 16 & half miles. Very few men fell out.
AMPLIER 26th Marched to Léalvillers. Good few men fell out owing to heat.
LÉALVILLERS 27th 2 Coys A & B were practiced in Intermine digging by RE. Other Coys practiced bayonet fighting. Lectures were given to Coys by Coy commanders. NCOs under RSM in afternoon.
28th 2 Coys were practiced in intermine digging (C & D). Lecture by Lt-Col. E. M. Birch GSC 1 Division on lessons learnt on operations since July 1st. All Coy officers CO Adjt. BO & MGO attended.
29th Moved to bivouac in field just NE of BOUZINCOURT no men fell out on march.
30th Moved to dugouts in Ovillers.     [Next two lines are crossed out but legible. They are NOT repeated at the start of the new October page]

Remained in Ovillers. At 3.15 heavy bombardment by our guns opened.
Informed that Canadians were attacking.

C. E. Bond, Lt. Col.
Comdg 8th Border Regt.

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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.
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