The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War
1917 War Diary
[Note that all remarks in squared brackets are my own additions and not part of the original text]
WAR DIARY FOR FEBRUARY 1917
1 Jan NOUVION. T.Lieut G.S. STOPFORD [George Waller STOPFORD] graded as Staff Lieutenant 2nd class 1.1.17 while duties of draft conducting officer.
6 Jan NOUVION. Captain S.D. MILLS [Stephen Douglas MILLS, CB, MC, MID] assumed duties of Major on Bn HQ vice Acting Major J.H.G. BAIRD [James Hozier Gardiner BAIRD, MC] who has proceeded to England to join senior officers course at Aldershot.
7 Jan NOUVION. 11 a.m. Battalion is inspected by Bde. Commander (Brig. Gen. H.W.E. FINCH). 8 to 12 Bn and Bde training.
11 Jan NOUVION. T/Captain P. DRAYSON [Phillip DRAYSON] Herts Rgt. attached 4/Bedf. Rgt. to the Base for "P.B." duties.
13 Jan NOUVION. 9.10 Bn left NOUVION and proceeded by route march to LAMOTTE BULEUX.
14 Jan LAMOTTE BULEUX. 9.10 Bn left LAMOTTE BULEUX and proceeded by route march to GEUSCHART.
15 Jan GEUSCHART. 9.40 Bn left GEUSCHART and proceeded by route march to GÉZAINCOURT.
17 Jan GÉZAINCOURT. 9.10 Bn left GÉZAINCOURT and proceeded by route march to PUCHEVILLERS.
20 Jan PUCHEVILLERS. 9.30 Bn left PUCHEVILLERS and proceeded by route march to ARQUEVES.
24 Jan ARQUEVES. 9.10 Bn left ARQUEVES and proceeded by route march to FORCEVILLE.
24 Jan FORCEVILLE. Lt & QM R.J. BARRY [Robert John BARRY] struck off the strength (unfit to return from leave in England BRO 108, para 1)
25 Jan FORCEVILLE. 2/Lieut. (T.Lieut) E.C. WILSON [Eric Chilver WILSON] granted permission to wear badges of rank of Captain (DRO 1471( while commanding a Company. (2/Lieut. E.C. WILSON [Eric Chilver WILSON] had relinquished command of a company on 17.1.17, being evacuated to hospital)
WAR DIARY FOR FEBRUARY 1917
4 Feb 1917 - Forceville 9 p.m. Bn. proceed by route march to FORCEVILLE. 189 Inf.Bde. relieved 190th Inf.Bde. on North bank of ANCRE. HAWKE Bn. R.N.D. relieve 4 Bedf.R. 2 companies in old German 3rd line Q.18.a. 2 Companies in RAVINE Q.12.d.
5 Feb 1917 - Englebelmer 3 p.m. Bn. proceed by route march to ENGLEBELMER moving into billets vacated by 7/Royal Fusiliers.
6 Feb 1917 - trenches near Beaumont-Hamel 11 a.m. Bn. sent up as reserve troops to 189 Inf.Bde. and occupied old German 1st & 2nd lines with 7 Royal Fusiliers in 3rd line. Q.18.a. 10 p.m. 2 Companies advanced to trench E of BOIS A HOLLANDIE holding line from R.8.a.8.7. to R.2.c.0.10. 1 Company on shell slits PUISIEUX ROAD. 1 Company SUVLA TRENCH R.7.a&b. all in support to 189 Inf.Bde. in action.
7 Feb 1917 6 p.m. 4th Bedf.R. take over left front Subsector and relieve NELSON Bn. R.N.D. Frontage R.1.a.7.3. to R.2.a.9.7. Bn. on our right 10 R.Dublin Fusrs. with 1st H.A.C. on extreme right. Bn. on our left 15 H.L.I. 7 Royal Fusiliers in Support.
11 Feb 1917 [Comment; Operations on the Ancre] 4 Bedf.R. ordered to push forward their line of posts on the E side of the PUISIEUX ROAD from a line R.2.a.9.6. - R.1.b.6.4. to an advanced position R.2.a.9.6. - R.1.b.7.9. Two companies to attack and lined up on tape running from R.2.a.5.3. - R.1.b.7.4. with 1 Company in Support holding trench R.2.c.3.9. - R.1.b.6.2. Company carrying party ready for consolidation. Zero hour 9 pm. Barrage on enemy front system of posts about R.1.b.5.7. - R.2.a.1.9. - R.1.a.4.8. for 5 min. lifting gradually until 9.30 p.m. 9.5 p.m. At 9.5 p.m. the line advanced. The left Company was temporally [sic] held up by enemy wire ad heavy M.G.fire about R.2.a.2.8. and the Company in Support was then pushed forward.
12 Feb 1917 3 a.m. Objective gained, line straightened out and posts consolidated.
15-16 Feb 1917 - Mackenzie Huts, Martinsart 188th Inf.Bde. relieved 190th Inf.Bde. on North bank of ANCRE. 1st R.M.L.I. relieved 4/Bedf.R. on left sub-sector (BEAUCOURT Sector). Frontage R.1.b.4.7. - R.2.a.9.6. The Bn. proceeded to MACKENZIE HUTS MARTINSART.
6-16 Feb 1917 [The action at Miraumont] Casualties Killed 68. Wounded 90. Missing 3. Missing believed Killed 45. Officers killed Lieut.L.T.Despicht, MC. [Leonard Terry DESPICHT, MC] Adjt., 2.Lieut.G.McKirdy [Gilles McKIRDY], 2.Lieut.V.B.Shott [Victor Blake SHOTT]. Officers wounded 2.Lieut.W.B.STIMSON [MC], 2.Lt.H. Smart [Harold SMART], 2.Lt.R.J.Thomas [Reginald James THOMAS], 2.Lt.A.W.Thomas [William Arthur THOMAS?], 2.Lt.D.H.Berry [Douglas H. BERRY].
21 Feb 1917 - front line north of Ancre Bn. proceed by Route march to Front line. 190th Inf.Bde. relieves 188 Inf.Bde. on N. bank of ANCRE R.9. R.3. & R.2. 4th Bedf.R. relieves DRAKE Bn. R.N.D. in the Right front Sub Sector. Frontage R.9.b.4.5. - R.3.a.4.2. Bn.on our left.7/R.Fusiliers. 1st H.A.C. in Support. 10 R.Dublin Fus.in Reserve.
24 Feb 1917 - Sunken Road 4.30 pm. 4th Bedf.R. ordered to advance line of posts to line of SUNKEN ROAD R.4.a.5.1. - R.3.b.5.7. 6 p.m. Three strong patrols each under an officer sent forward. I via MIRAUMONT-BEAUCOURT Road. II via MIRAUMONT ALLEY turning right along trench at R.3.c.6.8. III via MIRAUMONT ALLEY direct to SUNKEN ROAD. 9 p.m. All patrols reached their respective objectives without opposition, touch was gained between them and communication established with 7 R.Fusiliers on left. 10 p.m. A further reconnaissance made in direction of Trench system R.4.a.& b. North of Road and subsequently occupied. 12 m.n. Patrol sent into MIRAUMONT and reported town evacuated by hostile troops. Dispositions 3 Companies in front line R.4.b.2.2. - R.3.b.3.8. 1 Company in QUARRY R.4.a.
25 Feb 1917 9 a.m. 3 Companies occupy HINDENBURG TRENCH to junction with road R.4.b.2.2. in support of remainder 190 Inf.Bde. holding line N. of MIRAUMONT.
26-27 Feb 1917 2 p.m. 62nd Div. relieve 63rd R.N. Division. 4 Bedf.R. relieved by 7 Royal Fusiliers and occupy ANCRE TRENCH R.D.8. 9 p.m. Bn. proceeded to Huts in MARTINSART WOOD being relieved by 2/6 W.Yorkshire Regt.
21-26 Feb 1917 Casualties Killed 1. Wounded 10.
WAR DIARY FOR MARCH 1917
1-19 Mar 1917 - Martinsart Battalion billeted in huts in MARTINSART WOOD and employed on road making and unloading fatigues in connection with the rapid advance in the MIRAUMONT district. Specialists training commenced and carried on when possible.
8 Mar 1917 Capt. G P Nunneley [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] and 2nd Lieut E.C. Freear [Eric Charles FREEAR] joined from the base Capt. G P NUNNELEY M.C becomes 2nd in command vice Capt. S.D.Mills [Stephen Douglas MILLS, MC] who takes over command of C Coy.
12 Mar 1917 2/Lt Morrish [Cyril George MORRISH] joined from base
17 Mar 1917 2/Lt Dean [Herbert Robert Stanley DEAN], 2/Lt Knapp [Erling KNAPP, DSO] joined from base
20 Mar 1917 - Val de Maison Battalion marched to VAL DE MAISON
21 Mar 1917 - Beauval Battalion marched to BEAUVAL
22 Mar 1917 - Bouquemaison Battalion marched to BOUQUE MAISON [sic]
23 Mar 1917 - Framecourt Battalion marched to FRAMECOURT 2/Lts THOMAS, LEWIS, Mogridge [Edward Cole MOGRIDGE?] & MARSHALL joined from the base.
25 Mar 1917 - Pernes Battalion marched to PERNES
26 Mar 1917 - Febvin-Palfart Battalion marched to FEBVIN-PALFART
27 Mar 1917 - Manqueville Battalion marched to MANQUEVILLE
28-31 Mar 1917 Battalion resting and training in billets. Specialists classes started. Rifle range and bombing grounds constructed.
28 Mar 1917 2/Lt. Bloodworth [Ralph Cecil BLOODWORTH] joined from base.
30 Mar 1917 2/Lt Scott [Possibly James SCOTT] joined from base.
WAR DIARY FOR APRIL 1917
1-7 Apr 1917 - Manqueville Battalion in rest billets - Training.
4 Apr 1917 Major J.H. Baird, M.C. [James Hozier Gardiner BAIRD, MC] joined from senior officers course in England.
8 Apr 1917 - Maisnil-les-Ruitz Battalion marched to MAISNIL LE RUITZ [sic].
9-10 Apr 1917 Battalion standing by to move.
11 Apr 1917 - Hermin Battalion moved to HERMIN
12-13 Apr 1917 Battalion standing by to move.
14 Apr 1917 - front line near Gavrelle Battalion moved to ARRAS by motor busses and took over line from 23rd N.F.
15 Apr 1917 Reconnaissance of GAVRELLE in conjunction with 10/R.D.F. Casualties Killed 2/Lts Freear [Eric Charles FREEAR] & MARSHALL WOUNDED Left [Lieut?] Wray [George Frederic WRAY], 2/Lts. Romain [Jessel Anidfar ROMAIN] & Mogridge [possibly Edward Cole MOGRIDGE]. 55 O.Rs
16-21 Apr 1917 - support line near Arras Battalion relieved by 7/R.F.
22 Apr 1917 - front line facing Gavrelle Battalion moved to front line and occupied assembly trenches in front of GAVRELLE 189th Brigade on our right 7/R.F. on our left. Objective of Battalion - right boundary main road through GAVRELLE to the far side of the village. Left boundary GAVRELLE-OPPY system of trenches 200 yards North of GAVRELLE.
23 Apr 1917 [The Battle of Arras - the Second Battle of the Scarpe] Attacked at 4.45 A.M. captured village & reached objective. Shelled very heavily during the day and counter-attacked in the afternoon. Casualties - Killed 2/Lt Mulligan [Sidney Gerald MULLIGAN], 2/Lt Muir [Horace Wellesly MUIR] Wounded Capt Berry [Douglas H. BERRY], 2/Lts Primrose-Wells [James Bowen PRIMROSE-WELLS], Bridges [William Robert BRIDGES], LEWIS, THOMAS, Hunt [Frank HUNT], Knapp [Erling KNAPP, DSO]. O.Rs. 260. Capt. Mills [Stephen Douglas MILLS, MC], 2/Lt North [Henry James NORTH], Brodie [Henry Ross BRODIE], Fishwick [Henry Charles FISHWICK], Morrish [Cyril George MORRISH].
24 Apr 1917 - St.Catherine's Battalion relieved by 2/R.Ms. at midnight and marched down to St.Catherines.
25-27 Apr 1917 Battalion resting at St.Catherine's.
28 Apr 1917 - Oppy Line Battalion received sudden orders to move up to front line under orders of G.O.C. 188th Brigade. Battalion sent to assembly trenches to attack OPPY trench system from Rly. on right to 500 yards North of Rly. on left.
29 Apr 1917 [The Battle of Arras - the phase of Arleux] Battalion attacked at dawn & captured objective, was counter attacked and driven out and recaptured trench and consolidated it about 11.0 A.M. Trench heavily shelled by Bosches all day. Battalion relieved at night by H.A.C. who in turn were relieved by a unit of the 37th Division Casualties Wounded 2/Lt. Bloodworth [Ralph Cecil BLOODWORTH], 2/Lt Dean [Herbert Robert Stanley DEAN].
30 Apr 1917 - Roclincourt Battalion moved to tents near ROCLINCOURT.
WAR DIARY FOR MAY 1917
1-9 May 1917 - Roclincourt [Ref Map 51 B N W] Battalion under canvas near ROCLINCOURT employed on road fatigues.
9 May 1917 - Mont-Saint-Eloi Battalion moves by route march to MONT S.ELOY [sic] & is billeted in huts 2nd Lt.E.Ellis [Ernest Dennis ELLIS] joins from R.F.C.
10 May 1917 2nd Lieut A.E.Tee [Albert Edward TEE] joins battalion from 1st Beds Regt
13 May 1917 2nd Lt T.R.G.Cook [Thomas Robert Geddes COOKE] joins battalion from base
10-19 May 1917 Battalion training at MONT S ELOY [sic].
20 May 1917 - support line near Arras Battalion marches to support line & relieves 11th E.LANCS Rgt. A.B.C Coys in dug-outs in railway cutting B 21 c 7 4 - B 27 a 3 2 D Coy in forward trench B 15 d 3 7 - 3 2 Front line battalions. Right 1st H.A.C. Left 10th R.D.F. In Reserve 7th R.F. 2nd Lts Sharpe [William SHARPE, MC], Spicer [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC], Timberlake [Roy TIMBERLAKE], Fynn [Robert Charles FYNN], Kruger [Max August KRUGER], Gate [Leslie Charles Thomas GATE], join from base.
22 May 1917 2 Lt CHAPMAN joins from base.
21-24 May 1917 A.B. & C.Coys doing night digging parties, digging support trench B.24 d 2.3 - C 19.c.3.1 Off Casualties 24th 2nd Lieut.Sharpe [William SHARPE, MC] wounded.
25-26 May 1917 night - front line left of Gavrelle Battalion relieves 1st H.A.C. in front line from B.24 b 2.4 & 5.4 - C 19.c.7.4 Battalion on Right ANSON Batt on Left 7th R.F. Support 1st H.A.C. Reserve: - 10th R.D.F.
26 May 1917 2 Lts Webb [R.D. WEBB] & Beck [Stanley William BECK] join battalion from base. 27th Off Casualties 2 Lt CHAPMAN wounded.
28 May 1917 Lt & Q.M. Barry [Robert John BARRY] rejoins from sick leave in England
28-29 May 1917 night Battalion takes over 3 posts from ANSON battalion, on right of line. Right boundary of front line now C 19.c 8 3.
26-31 May 1917 - Railway Trench and Windmill near Gavrelle Battalion employed constructing RAILWAY TRENCH (B.24 d), deepening trench around Batt H Q (B.30.a 8 9) & linking up posts around WINDMILL (C 19 c 7 4)
31 May 1917 2nd Lt. Gee [Thomas GEE] joins battalion from base Casualties during May - 2 off 29 O.R. Reinforcements during May - 14 off 292 O.R.
WAR DIARY FOR JUNE 1917
1 Jun 1917 - Aubrey Camp, Roclincourt Batt relieved in GAVRELLE LINE by HOOD BATT (189th Inf Bde) and marched back to AUBREY Camp near ROCKLINCOURT [sic]. G.4.a.2.8. (51 B.N.W.).
2-3 Jun 1917 Batt resting AUBREY CAMP.
4 Jun 1917 Batt. started training at AUBREY CAMP.
5 Jun 1917 Lt.Col. J.S.Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] took over T/Command of 190th Inf.Bde vice Brigadier General H.W.E.FINCH.
6 Jun 1917 2 Lt A.S.Lockhart [Algernon Smee LOCKHART] joined batt from base. Major G.P.Nunneley M.C. [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] took over T/command of Batt in absence of Lt.Col.J.S.Collings-Wells [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO].
7 Jun 1917 2 Lt.P.F.Watts [Percy Frederick WATTS, MC] rejoined from D.H.Q. (staff course) & took over command of C.Company from 2nd Lt H.H.Theobold [Harold Holloway THEOBALD].
8 Jun 1917 190th Bde Horse Show. Batt took 5 firsts, & one second out of seven events.
10 Jun 1917 - G.5.b.8.9. Lt.Col.J.S.Collings-Wells [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] left for BOULOGNE to attend 1st ARMY CONFERENCE. Lt Col Collings-Wells [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] represented 63rd (R.N.) DIV. at this conference. Batt moved from AUBREY CAMP (huts) to shelters & dugouts at G.5.b.8.9. (51 B.N.W.).
11-13 Jun 1917 Batt employed digging RED LINE (nightly) B.16.b.6.1. - B.23.a.7.4.
14 Jun 1917 Batt employed digging TYNE ALLEY communication trench.
14-16 Jun 1917 Batt continued work on TYNE ALLEY. 2nd Lt.C.R.EDWARDS 1st HEREFORD REGT joined from base.
17 Jun 1917 Lt.A.V.NICHOLSON and 2 Lt.W.Dockrill [William DOCKRILL] joined from base. Batt worked on TYNE ALLEY. 2nd Lt H.H.Theobold [Harold Holloway THEOBALD] wounded in the thigh by bullet on working party. Div Horse Show. Batt 1st [sic] first & 1 second.
21 Jun 1917 CAPT.P.I.WATKIN M.C. RAMC relieved by Lt.O'NEILL RAMC. CAPT WATKIN left for No 10 Stationary Hospital St.OMAR [sic]
21-25 Jun 1917 Work on TYNE ALLEY continued.
26 Jun 1917 - Mont-Saint-Eloi Batt moved to MONT ST ELOY (huts)
27-30 Jun 1917 Batt training.
WAR DIARY FOR JULY 1917
1 Jul 1917 - Mont-Saint-Eloi Bn. sports.
2 Jul 1917 Bn. training.
3 Jul 1917 - Aubrey Camp Bn. moved from MONT ST ELOY [sic] (huts)to AUBREY CAMP (huts). 2nd Lt. W.S.Davies [William Stanley DAVIS] rejoined from 190th Bde. H.Q. 4-night
5 Jul 1917 - south of Oppy Wood Bn. attached 189th Bde. and relieved 12th EAST YORKS REGT. in front line S of OPPY WOOD.
6 Jul 1917 2nd Lieut. W.S.Beck [Stanley William BECK] struck off strength on joining T.M.
8 Jul 1917 2nd Lieut. W. Dockrill [William DOCKRILL] proceeded to Lewis Gun Camp, LE TOUQUET. The Rev.H.G.SOUTH C.F. relieved the Rev.Dr.DAVIS as Chaplain to Hq.Bn
10 Jul 1917 - Railway Cutting Bn. relieved in front line by 7th ROYAL FUSILIERS and moved into RAILWAY CUTTING at B.21.c.
11-15 Jul 1917 Work on MARINE, VISCOUNT and TOMMY TRENCHES and OUSE and BLUE ALLEYS.
14 Jul 1917 2nd Lieuts. R.S.Wells [Ronald Stephen WELLS] and W.C.H.W. HAMMOND joined from Base. 2nd Lt. W.S.Davis [William Stanley DAVIS] A/Staff Captain 190th Bde. 2nd Lt.T.Gee [Thomas GEE] joined XIII Corps School.
16 Jul 1917 - Beverley Camp Bn. relieved in RLY. CUTTING by HAWKE Bn. and marched to BEVERLEY CAMP. Capt. A.C.Croskell [Arthur Cyril CROSKELL] and 2nd Lt. T.R.G.Cooke [Thomas Robert Geddes COOKE] rejoined from Hospital. 2nd Lts. C.H.Wareing [Cecil Hooten WAREING] and A.L.GORDON joined from Base.
17-21 Jul 1917 Bn. resting in BEVERLEY CAMP. 22 Jul 1917 - front line south of Oppy Wood Bn. relieved HOOD Bn. in Front Line. 2nd Lt. W.C.H.W.HAMMOND admitted to C.C.S.
22-30 Jul 1917 Bn. in FRONT LINE S. of OPPY WOOD.
23 Jul 1917 2nd Lt.W.J.Davis [William Stanley DAVIS] proceeded on leave.
26 Jul 1917 Lieut. R. Timberlake [Roy TIMBERLAKE] killed by machine gun bullet on ration party.
30 Jul 1917 - Red Line Bn. relieved by 7th R.FUSILIERS in FRONT LINE and relieved them in RED LINE. 2nd Lt. R.D.WEBB rejoined from BOMBING COURSE.
WAR DIARY FOR AUGUST 1917
1 Aug 1917 - Bradford Trench, Red Line Work on BRADFORD TRENCH continued. 2/Lts.F.A.Girling [Frederick Alick GIRLING] and W.D.F.Smith, [William Dent Frank SMITH] joined the Bn.
2 Aug 1917 2/Lt. Moyse [Robert Edwin MOYSE] joined the Bn.
1-7 Aug 1917 Work on BRADFORD TRENCH.
7 Aug 1917 - Beverley Camp 1 casualty occurred. Bn. was relieved by DRAKE BN.188th Inf.Bde. and moved to BEVERLEY CAMP.
8 Aug 1917 - St-Aubin Relieved by 7th ROYAL FUSILIERS. Bn. marched to St. AUBIN.
9 Aug 1917 Training 3 hours daily. Bn. to have as much rest as possible during period out of the line. Major G.P.Nunneley M.C. [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] granted leave.
10 Aug 1917 Training as for 9th.
11 Aug 1917 2/Lt. Macklin [David Harold MACKLIN] joined the Bn.
12 Aug 1917 Bn. Rifle Meeting was held. Capt.F.T.Spicer M.C. [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC] won the Colonel's Prize.
13 Aug 1917 Training as for 9th.
14 Aug 1917 Brigade Rifle Meeting took place. Capt.F.T.Spicer, M.C. [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC] won the G.O.C. 190th Inf.Bde. Prize. 2/Lt.K.V.R.GOLD [?] joined the Bn. 2/Lt's L.C.T.Gate [Leslie Charles Thomas GATE] & F.T.Spicer [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC] appointed Acting Captain.
15 Aug 1917 2/Lt. Davis [William Stanley DAVIS], A/Staff Capt. 190th Inf.Bde.
16 Aug 1917 - Railway Cutting B.21.c. Bn. moved to RAILWAY CUTTING (B.21.c.) and relieved HAWKE Bn. 189th Inf.Bde. Draft of 34 O.Rs. joined from 17th I.B.D. Capt.Scott [James SCOTT] & 2/Lt.Thompson [F.C.H. THOMPSON?] granted leave to England.
17 Aug 1917 Lt.& Adjt.J.H.Blackwell [John Humphrey BLACKWELL, MC & Bar] appointed A/CAPT. Work on EARL TRENCH commenced by Bn.
18 Aug 1917 2/Lt. Dockrill [William DOCKRILL] admitted to C.C.S. from FIELD AMB.
19 Aug 1917 2/Lt. Glossop [Sydney A. GLOSSOP] joined Bn. 3 O.Rs. rejoined from 17th I.B.D. 1 O.R. from C.C.S. Improvements to dugouts in RY. CUTTING carried out. Work on EARL TRENCH continued.
20 Aug 1917 Two casualties. (O.Rs)
22 Aug 1917 Two killed, one wounded (11) Major G.P.Nunneley [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] assumed command of Bn. in absence of Lt.Col.J.S.Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO], granted leave to ENGLAND.
23 Aug 1917 Capt.R.J. Barry [Robert John BARRY] granted leave to ENGLAND.
24 Aug 1917 - front line south of Oppy Wood Bn. relieved 1st ARTISTS RIFLES in Front line S. of OPPY WOOD.
25 Aug 1917 6 O.R's rejoined from 17th I.B.D. Work on EARL, MARINE, RAILWAY TRENCHES.
26 Aug 1917 3 killed and 3 wounded (O.R's.)
27 Aug 1917 1 killed and 3 wounded (O.R's.)
28 Aug 1917 Work continued by Batt. in Front Line.
29 Aug 1917 2/Lt. J.R.G. Cooke [Thomas Robert Geddes COOKE] granted leave to ENGLAND.
30 Aug 1917 Bn. in Front line. Draft of 4 O.R's from 17th I.B.D.
31 Aug 1917 Bn. anxiously waiting relief. Received word that on relief, Bn. proceeds to St.AUBIN again.
WAR DIARY FOR SEPTEMBER 1917
1 Sep 1917 - front line south of Oppy Wood No casualties.
2 Sep 1917 - Saint-Aubin No casualties. Battn. relieved by HAWKE Battn. at 6 p.m. and entrained in the CUTTING for St. AUBIN arriving there about midnight. Lieut. Col. Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] returned from leave.
3 Sep 1917 Battn. Training.
4 Sep 1917 Battn. Training Sports, Cricket and Football in the evening.
5 Sep 1917 Capt. & Adj. J.H.Blackwell [John Humphrey BLACKWELL, MC & Bar] and 2nd Lt. E.Ellis [Ernest Dennis ELLIS] granted leave to England.
7 Sep 1917 Battn. practiced [sic] Trench to Trench attack. 2nd Lt.F.J.IVEY joined.
9 Sep 1917 2nd Lt. F.H.Shaw [Francis Herbert SHAW], 2nd Lt. L.Hambling [Lionel HAMBLING, MC] and 2nd Lt. F.Hunt [Frank HUNT] joined. Capt. L.G.Plumbly [Leslie Graham PLUMBLY, MC] to 1st Army Rest Camp.
10 Sep 1917 Battn. relieved 2 Coys (NELSON and HOOD Bns) in RED LINE. 2nd Lt.F.Hunt [Frank HUNT] to C.C.S. injury.
11 Sep 1917 3 O.R. rejoined from 17th I.B.D.
12 Sep 1917 Lieut.Col. Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] assumes temp. command of 190th Inf.Bde. Major G.P.Nunneley M.C. [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] assumes command of the Battn.
14 Sep 1917 - front line south of Oppy Wood Relieved 1st Artists Rifles in FRONT LINE. 2nd Lieuts W.C.H.W.HAMMOND and W.Dockrill [William DOCKRILL] struck off strength on evacuation to England.
15 Sep 1917 2nd Lieuts C.KEITH-JOHNSTON M.C. and G.C.Catt [George C. CATT] joined.
16 Sep 1917 2nd Lieut. A.L.GORDON wounded. 1 O.R. Killed 5 O.R's wounded.
17 Sep 1917 2 O.R's. joined from XIII Corps M & R.Camp.
19 Sep 1917 Capt. L.C.T.Gate [Leslie Charles Thomas GATE] proceeded on leave to England.
20 Sep 1917 Lieut.Col.J.S.Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] returned from Brigade H.Q.
22 Sep 1917 Relieved by 7th R.FUSILIERS in FRONT LINE and took over from them in RED LINE.
24 Sep 1917 - Ourton Relieved by 21st LONDON Regt. 47th Div. entrained in Cutting for ECOIVRES proceeded thence by Motor Bus arriving about 6 p.m.
25 Sep 1917 Training started.
26 Sep 1917 2nd Lt. A.E.Tee [Albert Edward TEE] and draft of 126 O.R. joined from XIII Corps M & R Camp.
27 Sep 1917 2nd Lieut. A.L.GORDON returned from hospital. Met the 190th M.G.C. at football won 2 - 1.
28 Sep 1917 2nd Lieuts G.THEED. J.W.TACCHI [?]. G.W.Childs [George Wilmot CHILDS]. C. Bornet [Charles BORNET]. L.A.W.Vincent [Leslie Arthur Walter VINCENT], G.M.Radwell [George Millard RADWELL], and W.I.Broughton [Walter Isaac BROUGHTON] joined. Played 223rd M.G.C. at football won 4 - 3.
29 Sep 1917 2nd Lt.W.D.F.Smith [William Dent Frank SMITH] proceeded to 1st Army School. Played 7th R.F. at football, lost 1 - 2.
30 Sep 1917 BRIGADE Church Parade at la COMTE. Inspection by G.O.C.
WAR DIARY FOR OCTOBER 1917
1 Oct. Major G.P. Nunneley, M.C. [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] and 2 Lt A.L. GORDON to C.C.S.
2 Oct. Left ORTON at 11pm and marched to LIGNY St. FLOCHEL where Btn entrained for north.
3 Oct. Arrived CASSELL 12.30pm and marched to ZERMEELE. Coys much scattered. Transferred from VIII to XVIII Corps
4 Oct. Training
5 Oct. Major F.W.F. Lathom [Farquhar William Forbes LATHOM] joined
7 Oct. Marched to HOUTKERQUE, arrived 3pm. Very wet. Coys scattered
8 Oct. Training. A draft of 6 Signallers joined
9-20 Oct. Coy and Battn. training for pill box attack. Weather wet.
21 Oct. 15 Officers and 20 other ranks to XVIII reinforcement camp. 2nd Lt T.R.G Cooke [Thomas Robert Geddes COOKE] struck off strength upon transfer to RFC
22-25 Oct. Final preparations for active operations
26 Oct. Embus at 11.30am and proceed to DANBURY CAMP, POTTENHOOK. Arrive 3pm. Under canvas. Very wet night.
27 Oct. Brigade march to CANAL BANK, about 1 mile N. of YPRES. Battn. billeted in dug outs on [unreadable, but probably 'side of bank']
28 Oct. Battn. marched from CANAL BANK to an [?] trench near CHEDDAR VILLA.
29 Oct. Battn. marched at 4.30pm to the front line about 1˝ miles S.E. of POELCAPPELLE and took up position for attack at dawn on a front of about 600 yards.
30 Oct. [The Battle of Ypres 1917 - the Second Battle of Passchendaele] Battn. attacked at 5.50am 7RF on left, Artists Rifles on right, Canadian Corps on right of Artists. Canadians reached [unreadable] objectives but our attack was held up by very heavy and boggy ground surrounding the PADDEBEEK and a total advance of about 150-200 yards only was made. CASUALTIES - Officers Killed; Capt. L.C.T. Gate [Leslie Charles Thomas GATE], 2Lt A.E. Tee [Albert Edward TEE]. Wounded; Capt. J. Scott [James SCOTT], Lt C.H. Wareing [Cecil Hooten WAREING], Lt K.V.R. GOLD, 2Lt S.A. Glossop [Sydney A. GLOSSOP], 2Lt Bornett [Charles BORNET], 2Lt New [Leslie Perry NEW], 2Lt Radwell [George Millard RADWELL]. OR Killed 52, wounded 180, missing 23. Battn relieved by NELSON Battn. at 7pm and marched out to IRISH FARM. Lt-Colonel Collings-Wells D.S.O., [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] Capt. & Adjt. J.H. Blackwell [John Humphrey BLACKWELL, MC & Bar], 2Lt Ellis [Ernest Dennis ELLIS], 2Lt R.C. Fynn [Robert Charles FYNN], Capt. F.T. Spicer MC [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC], 2Lt J.W. TACCHI, Capt P.F. Watts [Percy Frederick WATTS, MC] came out with the battalion.
WAR DIARY FOR NOVEMBER 1917
1 Nov 1917 - Poperinge Batt. entrained at Irish Farm 1.30 p.m. arrived Poperinghe 5 p.m. moved to good billets near Square.
2 Nov 1917 2nd Lt.F.C.H.THOMPSON struck off strength on transfer to I.A.Reserve of Officers. Capt.F.T.Spicer M.C. [Frederick Thomas SPICER, MBE, MC] to command B.Coy vice Capt.J.Scott [James SCOTT] wounded.
5 Nov 1917 - Tunnelling Camp, Sint-Jan-Ter-Biezen Batt. marched to Tunnelling Camp. Capt. H.O'NEILL R.A.M.C. admitted to F.A.
7 Nov 1917 2nd Lt.G.C.Catt [George C. CATT] struck off strength on evacuation to England sick.
9 Nov 1917 Lt.H.R.SINCLAIR, R.A.M.C. reported for temp. duty.
11 Nov 1917 - Winnezeele Batt. marched to Winnezeel [sic]. details from Reinforcement Camp rejoined.
12 Nov 1917 - Arneke Batt. marched to Arneke.
13 Nov 1917 - Eringhem Batt. marched to Eringhem.
14 Nov 1917 2nd Lt. W.B.STIMSON. 2nd Lt.L.Humphreys [Leonard HUMPHREYS]. 2nd Lt.A.Hayes [Arthur HAYES]. 2nd Lt.P.Shott [Percival SHOTT]. 2nd Lt.A.V.Clark [Albert Victor CLARK, MC] and 165 O.R. joined.
15 Nov 1917 Lt.J.B.Primrose-Wells [James Bowen PRIMROSE-WELLS] and 3 O.R. joined.
16 Nov 1917 Major F.W.F.Lathom [Farquhar William Forbes LATHOM] assumed command of the Batt. in the absence of Lt.Col.Collings-Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] on leave.
19 Nov 1917 MILITARY MEDALS have been awarded the following for gallantry in action [comment; possibly for 30th - 31st October actions]- 12282 Sgt.SCRUBY, N.C. [Norman C. SCRUBY, MM], 22008 Sgt.TURNER A.J. [Alfred J. TURNER, MM], 8179 Cpl.MASON, J. [3/8179 Joseph MASON, MM], 30292 Pte RUGGLES, G. [George RUGGLES, MM], 23499 Pte.HOLDOM, G. A. [George A. HOLDOM, MM], 40629 Pte. COOPER, C. [Charles Cecil COOPER, MM].
20 Nov 1917 20 O.R. joined.
23 Nov 1917 9 O.R. joined.
25 Nov 1917 5 Sergts. joined. Lt.R.S.E.Wells [Ronald Stephen WELLS] struck off strength.
28 Nov 1917 - Houtkerque Batt. marched to Houtkerque.
30 Nov 1917 Training.
WAR DIARY FOR DECEMBER 1917
1 Dec 1917 - Houtkerque Training.
2 Dec 1917 Training. Lt A/Capt P.F.Watts [Percy Frederick WATTS, MC] awarded the Military Cross for gallantry & devotion to duty in action.
3 Dec 1917 Training. Lt A/Capt.J.H.E.SANDFORD struck off strength on resuming his medical studies
4 Dec 1917 Training. 16 O.R. joined
6 Dec 1917 - Godewaersvelde March to GODEWAERSYELDE [sic]
9 Dec 1917 - Rocquigny Entrained at 3 a.m. arrived at MIRAUMONT at noon. Marched to ROCQUIGNY arrived in camp 7.30 p.m.
10 Dec 1917 5 O.R. rejoined.
13 Dec 1917 - Etricourt-Manancourt Marched to ETRICOURT. (under canvas)
15 Dec 1917 - Metz-en-Couture Marched to METZ.
16 Dec 1917 - Highland Ridge, Villers-Plouich 42 O.R. joined Batt. relieved [sic] the 10th R.I.R. in the support trenches on HIGHLAND RIDGE near VILLERS PLOUICH
19 Dec 1917 - front line near Villers-Plouich Batt relieved HOOD batt. in front line. Lieut.Col. Collings Wells D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO] resumed command of Batt.
22 Dec 1917 Batt releived [sic] 7th R.Fus in front line. Lieut H.M.E.Gudgeon [H.M.E. or Ennis Hugh GUDGEON] Taken on strength of Batt.
27 Dec 1917 - Havrincourt Batt releived [sic] by 7th R.Fus and marched to camp in HAVRINCOURT WOOD Total casualties during tour O.R. 3 killed and 10 wounded. Major F.W.F.Lathom [Farquhar William Forbes LATHOM] assumed temp command of 7th R.Fus.
29 Dec 1917 The following were mentioned in Dispatches of Nov.7th/17 - Blackwell Sec Lt (Actg Captn) J.H. [John Humphrey BLACKWELL, MC & Bar] Collings-Wells Capt (Actg.Lt.Col) J.J. D.S.O. [John Stanhope COLLINGS-WELLS, VC, DSO], Pearce, No 13972 Sgt.F.C. [Frederick C. PEARCE], Marks, No 4/6663 Sgt.W.G. [William George MARKS, MM]
30 Dec 1917 [The action at Welch Ridge] - trenches near Villers-Plouich Batt moved up to line at one hours notice owing to Enemy attack on Div. front.
31 Dec 1917 Major G.P.Nunnelley M.C. [George Paterson NUNNELEY M.C.] rejoined from England. Batt moved to front line. 2nd Lt A.V.Clarke [Albert Victor CLARK, MC] wounded. Lt C.KEITH-JOHNSON and 2nd Lt. W.D.Smith [William Dent Frank SMITH] gassed, O.R. 5 Killed, 9 wounded, 8 gassed.
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