1916 War Diary
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War Diary for January 1916
29-12-15 to 15-1-16. The Bn marched back to billets
in HAM-EN-ARTOIS & remained there training until the 15th when the
Bn marched to billets at BETHUNE near the station. The following
Officers joined the battalion; Lieut. G.H. Down [Charles
M DOWN], 2/Lieuts. F.G. Lake [Frank Gilbert LAKE],
A.E. Ogle [Arthur Edwin OGLE] & A.F. BRUNADEN.
3-1-16. Draft of 50 NCO's & men arrived.
7-1-16. A draft of 76 NCO's & men arrived.
16-1-16. The Bn marched into the support area at GIVENCHY.
18-1-16. Nos.3 & 4 Coys & H.Qtrs were relieved by
the 13th Essex (1/2 battalion) & marched to billets at Le QUESNOY.
Lieut. A.R. Milne [Alexandra
Richard MILNE] joined the Bn from the Entrenching battalion
at Le QUESNOY.
20-1-16. 1/2 Bn Essex & Nos.1 & 2 Coys relieved the
2nd S. Staffs in Section B3.
23-1-16. 1st Herts (less Nos. 1&2 Coys) with 2 Coys
of 13th Essex relieved the 13th Essex (less 2 Coys) & 2 Coys 1st
Herts (nos.1 & 2 Coys) in Section B3.
26-1-16. His Majesty the King conferred the Victoria
Cross upon No. 1665 Cpl Alfred Alexander
BURT 1st Herts.
27-1-16. The Bn was relieved by 1st S.STAFFS Regt
in B3 section GIVENCHY and went into support.
30-1-16. The Bn was relieved by 2nd S.Staffs in support
and marched back to billets in LE QUESNOY.
The following appeared in the New Year's list of honours:
Military Cross - Captain Clark A.G. [Aylmer
G. CLARK, DSO, MC], Lieut. Oliphant K.W. [Kenneth
DCM - No.1732 Cpl Spinks [William G. SPINKS,
DCM], 3630 Pte Hagger [Charles HAGGER, DCM], 4420
Pte Farnham [Robert FARNHAM, DCM].
Mentioned in Despatches; Lieut. Millburn [Booker
MILBURN, DSO, MC], 3292 Regt. S.M. Young F. [Frank
YOUNG], 2170 Sgt Evans [Reginald EVANS, DCM],
1125 Sgt Callow [Gilbert CALLOW, MM], 2656 Pte
Stevens [R. STEVENS], 2130 Pte Dunn [George
War Diary for February 1916.
2-2-16. The Bn relieved the 17th Middlesex in B3 GIVENCHY
3-2-16. The 6th Brigade was relieved by 99th Brigade
in B3 GIVENCY sector. The Bn being relieved by the 1st Berks, marched
back to billets in HINGETTE.
4-2-16. The following telegram was received; Lieut.
Col. H.P. Croft C.M.G. [Henry Page CROFT, CMG, MP] has
been appointed to command the 68th Inf. Bde.
8-2-16. Lieut. Col. H.P. Croft C.M.G. [Henry
Page CROFT, CMG, MP] left the battalion. Major Page D.S.O.
[Frank PAGE. DSO & Bar]
took command of the Bn.
10-2-16. The Bn relieved the 2nd[?] HLI in the trenches
15-2-16. The Bn was relieved by the 13th Essex and
marched back to billets at LE TOURET.
19-2-16. The Bn marched back to billets at HINGETTE.
21-2-16. Following was received from 6th Brigade [unreadable
but refers to battalion being moved to GHQ Troops]
23-2-16. The Bn was inspected by Major General
WALKER V.G. commanding [unreadable but possibly reads "2nd Division"]
24-2-16. The Bn was inspected by Brigadier General
DALY commanding 6th Brigade
26-2-16. The Bn moved to ECQUEDECQUES near LILLERS.
28-2-16. The Bn moved by train to EBBLINGHAM and
came under orders from H.Qrs. GHQ Troops.
29-2-16. The Bn came under the orders of the B.G.C.
War Diary for March 1916.
2-3-16. Battalion was inspected by Brigadier General
8-3-16. Battalion moved into the 39th Divisional
area and moved under canvas near SERCUS.
13-3-16. 2/Lieut. B.W. Head [Basil
William HEAD] joined the Bn from 3/1st Herts.
14-3-16. The Bn was inspected by the GOC 39th Division.
2/Lieut. W.W. Park [Walter
Williamson PARK] and a draft of 50 joined the Bn from 3/1st
15-3-16. The 118th Brigade was inspected by the GOC
24-3-16. The Bn marched to billets just west of MERVILLE.
27-3-16. 2/Lieuts. Cowie [David F. COWIE]
& Gilby [George Harold Yates GILBEY, MC] and a draft
of 100 men joined the Bn from the 3/1st Herts.
31-3-16. The Bn marched to billets at PONT DU HEM.
War Diary for April 1916.
1-4-16. Bn went into the trenches taking over from
10th Royal Warwicks.
4-4-16. Bn was relieved by 1st Cambs. We had the misfortune
during these 2 days to lose two Officers. Lieut. Park [Walter
Williamson PARK] killed and 2/Lieut. Lambert [Geoffrey
Fontaine LAMBERT] wounded. Our snipers claimed 10 Germans.
Bn went into billets at PONT DU HEM.
6-4-16. Bn marched back to billets at ROBERMETZ near
8-4-16. A draft of 96 OR joined the Bn.
14-4-16. Bn marched into billets at VIELLE CHAPELLE.
Lieut. Fergusson [John D.B. FERGUSSON] & 2/Lieut.
Drury [Follett McNeill
DRURY] joined the Bn.
16-4-16. Bn went into the trenches at FESTUBERT C2
relieving the 13th Welsh. This was the same section we were in when
we were in 6th Bde.
18-4-16. 2/Lieuts. Marchington [Eric William
MARCHINGTON, MC] & Cautherley [Charles
Stewart CAUTHERLEY] joined the Bn.
19-4-16. Bn was relieved by 1st Cambs and went into
support area, having billets in LE PLANTIN FESTUBERT and on the
21-4-16. 6 OR joined the Bn from No.4 Entrenching
22-4-16. 13 OR joined the Bn from ROUEN
23-4-16. Bn was relieved by the 17th KRRC (119th
Bde) and marched back to billets at LES CHOQUAUX near LOCON.
26-4-16. GOC 1st Army inspected the Bn in musketry
War Diary for May 1916
1-5-16. The Bn relieved the 12th Royal Sussex in
the B2 sub section GIVENCHY.
5-5-16. The Bn was relieved by the 1/1 Cambs and
marched to GORRE.
9-5-16. The Bn relieved the 1/1st Cambs in B2 sub
13-5-16. The Bn was relieved by 1/1st Cambs and took
over the village line from the 1/1st Cambs.
17-5-16. The Bn was relieved in the village line
by the 17th KRRC and marched back to billets at RIEZ DU VINAGE,
arriving at 2.30am on the 18th May. Decoration: 2099 Sgt G. Gregory
[2099, later 265282 George Stanley GREGORY, DCM, MM] awarded
Military Medal 10th May for gallantry at GIVENCHY for carrying two
wounded men to a place of safety during a hostile artillery barrage
of fire following the explosion of a mine.
23-5-16. The Bn paraded for inspection by Colonel
Sir Charles LONGMORE K.C.B. who came from England for a few
days to see the Bn.
25-5-16. The Bn relieved the 11th Royal Sussex Regt.
in C2 sub section FESTUBERT.
28-5-16. The Bn was unexpectedly relieved by 17th
West Yorks (Bantams) and marched back to FERME DU ROI near BETHUNE.
War Diary for June 1916.
3-6-16. Captain J.H. Bevan [John Henry
BEVAN, MC], Adjutant left for Staff duties at 39th Division.
It appeared in the London Gazette that Captain
G.E. Whitfield [Geoffrey Ernest WHITFIELD, MC] &
Captain B. Millburn [Booker MILBURN, DSO, MC]
were awarded Military Cross. Also CSM H. Davey [1859 Harold
Edward DAVEY, DCM] the D.C.M.
6-6-16. 2/Lieut. W.F. Francis [Wilfred
Frederick FRANCIS, MC] & 15 OR's (11 of which were signallers)
joined the Bn from ROUEN. The Bn marched to GORRE & relieved the
17th Sherwood Foresters.
10-6-16. A draft of 30 OR's joined the Bn.
11-6-16. The Bn relieved the 1/1st Cambs during the
night 11/12th June in sub section B2 GIVENCHY.
14-6-16. 2/Lieut. J.C.A. Morley [James
C.A. MORLEY] 3/9th Middlesex Regt. was attached to the Bn.
15-6-16. 2/Lieuts. L.J. Ireland [Leonard
Jack IRELAND] & L.D. Wright [Leslie Douglas WRIGHT]
4/8th Middlesex Regt were attached to the Bn.
15-6-16. The following Officers & NCO's appeared
in the C in C's despatches: Lieut. (T/Captain) J.H. Bevan
[John Henry BEVAN, MC] & 2133 Cpl Aldridge [2133
Frederick ALDRIDGE, MM & Bar].
16-6-16. On the night June 16th/17th the battalion
cooperated by means of rifle grenades, Lewis Gun fire etc with 4th/5th
Royal Highlanders who did a successful raid on the enemy's trenches.
17-6-16. The Bn was relieved by the 1/4th Suffolk
Regt. and marched back to billets at VIELLE CHAPELLE.
22-6-16. 50 OR's joined the Bn from No.6 Entrenching
Bn. 2/Lieut. G. McMULLEN [Gordon McMULLEN] joined
the Bn & 2/Lieut. J.P. Kemble [John Phillip KEMBLE, MC]
3/8th Middlesex Regt. was attached. The Bn relieved the 13th Royal
Sussex in post systems RICHEBOURG & ST VAAST.
J. Veere Smith [John Veere SMITH] 4/8th Middlesex
Regt. was attached.
28-6-16. The Bn was relieved by 11th Royal Sussex
Regt. and proceeded to billets at LESLOBES.
29-6-16. The Bn marched into billets at VIELLE CHAPELLE.
30-6-16. The Bn marched to billets at CROIX BARGEE.
War Diary for July 1916.
1-7-16. The Bn relieved the 1/1st Cambs in the trenches
in left sub sector JEUNE DE BOIS.
4-7-16. The Bn was relieved by 1/1st Cambs and marched
back to billets at CROIX BARGEE. During these 3 days in the trenches
we had four wounded of which Captain Clark [Aylmer G.
CLARK, DSO, MC] and 2/Lieut.
Drury [Follett McNeill DRURY] were two.
6-7-16. The Bn marched to billets at LES LOBES on
relief by the 2/4th Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.
7-7-16. The Bn marched to billets at LE PREOL.
8-7-16. The Bn relieved the 20th Royal Fusiliers
in GIVENCHY-CUINCHY section.
12-7-16. The enemy, after destroying 60 yards of
trench during the day with Minnenwerfen fire attempted to raid about
10.30pm but was driven off by our Lewis Gun fire.
14-7-16. The Bn was relieved by the 2nd Middlesex
and took over trenches from 16th R.B. in left sub section FESTUBERT.
15-7-16. Major E.C.M.
Phillips [Eric Charles Malcolm PHILLIPS, CB, DSO, TD,
DL, JP] rejoined the Bn from England. 2/Lieut. A.E. Clodd
[possibly Alfred E. CLODD] 3/1st Suffolk Yeomanry, 2/Lieuts.
H.G. Watts [possibly Hugh Gower WATTS] & A.M.
Gallo [Antonio Marie GALLO, MC] were attached.
19-7-16. A party of about 3 Officers and 60 OR's raided
the enemy's trenches at 10.40pm. The part of the trench that was
raided had been evacuated by the Germans. The party was in the trenches
for 10 minutes as arranged but was bombed from the support line.
No prisoners were taken. Our casualties on the evening of the raid
were 3 Officers wounded, 3 OR's killed, 1 OR missing, 12 OR's wounded.
24-7-16. The Bn were relieved by the 12th Royal Sussex
and marched to billets near GORRE having had 16 days in the trenches.
Casualties for this period; 1 Officer (Lieut.
Veere Smith [John Veere SMITH]) died of wounds, 7
Officers wounded (Captain W.L. Grice [William Lucas GRICE],
Lieut. L.G. Gold [Leslie G. GOLD, MC & Bar] (slight),
Captain C.F. Hacker [Charles Frederick HACKER, MC, RAMC]
(at duty), 2/Lieut. J.W. Smith [John W. SMITH], Lieut.
R.P. Loyd [Reginald Percy LOYD], 2/Lieut. W.F. Francis
[Wilfred Frederick FRANCIS, MC], Captain B.C. Molony
[Brian Charles MOLONY]). 11 OR killed, 1 OR missing,
38 OR's wounded including two Company Sgt. Majors.
26-7-16. The Bn were marched to L'ECOLE DE JEUNE FILLES,
28-7-16. 1 OR Staff Sergeant HOLOWOOD (Armourer) joined
War Diary for August 1916.
1-8-16. The Bn relieved the 13th Royal Sussex in
the FESTUBERT Sub section.
4-8-16. Major G.E.
Whitfield [Geoffrey Ernest WHITFIELD] left the Bn
to take command of the 2/7th Worcestershire Regt.
7-8-16. The Bn was relieved by the 1/1st Cambs Regt.
and took over keeps and billets in the village line. During this
tour in the trenches the Bn was unfortunate in losing CSM
Langford [651 Arthur P. LANGFORD] who was killed
by a shell
10-8-16. The Bn was relieved in the village line by
the 15th West Yorks and was marched back to billets in L'ECOLE DE
JEUNE FILLES, BETHUNE
11-8-16. The Bn marched at the head of the Brigade
to billets at CAUCHY A LA JOUR.
12-8-16. The Bn marched to billets at MONCHY BRETON.
13-8-16. The Bn marched to billets at GINTREVILLE
where it stayed 10 days and carried out training.
16-8-16. Major E.S. DYRE, Captain P.H. COCKERILL,
Captain C.B. BOLLINGBROKE, Captain C.P. PHILLPOT of
the 1/6th Norfolk Regt (Cyclists) joined the Bn. 12 OR also joined
17-8-16. Lieut. J.S. BECK (Norfolk Regt.),
2/Lieuts. S.R.G. STEWARD, W.G.E. JONES, P.R. Ambrose
[Percy Robert AMBROSE] (Essex Regt.), 2/Lieuts. D.P. Shiell
[Duncan Pirie SHIELL], R.S. Weeks [Reginald Skinner
WEEKS], K.J. JONES, W.M. Dobson [William Mansfield
DOBSON, MC] (Middlesex Regt.), 2/Lieut. J.R. Johnston
[John Rodney JOHNSTON, MC] (East Surrey Regt.), & 2/Lieuts.
H.N. SMITH & N.V. MARSHALL (Sussex Regt.) joined the
C. Scott [Cecil SCOTT] (Essex Regt.) joined the Bn.
19-8-16. Captain DONALD [?] (Buffs) joined
23-8-16. The Bn marched to billets in HOUVIN HOUVIGNUEL.
24-8-16. The Bn marched to billets in GROUCHES. A
draft of 60 men joined from the 3rd Entrenching Bn. 4 Sergeants
joined from Base.
25-8-16. The Bn marched to BUS LES ORTON and billeted
26-8-16. The Bn marched to bivouacs in a wood close
War Diary for September 1916.
1-9-16. 30 OR joined the Bn, also Captain F. Pawle
[Francis PAWLE], Captain B.J.N.
Gripper [Bernard Jasper Nicholas GRIPPER], Lieut.
S.W. Moore [Saxon Weston MOORE], 2/Lieuts. L.R.D.
Fisher [Lionel Robert D'Arcy FISHER, MC], B.H. Johnston
[Basil H. JOHNSON], & E.E. WHITE from England.
2-9-16. The Bn moved to FORT PROWSER and FORT MOULIN
No.1 then to MESNIL.
3-9-16. The 39th Division attacked the enemy's trenches
north of the ANCRE. The 118th Brigade was in reserve. The attack
failed and in the evening the Brigade took over our original front
line. Our trenches had suffered by the enemy shelling and a great
deal of work had to be done during the night consolidating the front
line. The whole night from 11.30pm till dawn the Germans put over
Gas shells behind our support lines and Gas Helmets had to be worn.
Unfortunately 2/Lieut. Simons [Henry SYMONS] was wounded
during the relief.
10-9-16. A draft of 17 OR joined the Bn.
12-9-16. The Bn was relieved by the 1/6th Cheshire
Regt. and marched to billets in ENGLEBELMER. A draft of 8 OR joined
15-9-16. A draft of 50 OR from No.3 Entrenching Bn
joined the Bn.
17-9-16. 11 OR joined the Bn from Base.
19-9-16. The Bn relieved the 16th Rifle Bde in the
left sub section Y RAVINE. Lieut. Beck [J.S. BECK],
2/Lieuts. Weeks [Reginald Skinner WEEKS] & N.V.
MARSHALL were attached to the 117th Brigade who had lost heavily
in the attack on September 3rd.
21-9-16. 5 OR's joined the Bn from Base.
26-9-16. Captain A.G. Clark [Aylmer G.
CLARK, DSO, MC] rejoined the Bn from England.
War Diary for October 1916.
3-10-16. The Bn marched from Y RAVINE section and
took over the HAMEL right sub section from the 1/1st Cambs Regt.
7-10-16. The Bn was relieved by the 11th Royal Sussex
Regt. and marched to huts & bivouacs near MARTINSART.
10-10-16. The Bn relieved the 17th Notts & Derby
Regt. on the right of the SCHWABEN REDOUBT. It appeared in the London
Gazette on 10th October that the undermentioned had been awarded
the Military Medal: 2133 Pte Aldridge F. [Frederick ALDRIGDE,
MM & Bar]. 1125 Sgt Callow G.W. [Gilbert CALLOW, MM],
2283 Sgt Curtiss [George F. CURTIS, MM], 2424 L/Cpl
Nunn S. [Sidney G.A. NUNN, MM], 2234 Sgt Day A.J.
[Albert James DAY, MM], 2652 L/Cpl Oliver J.H.
[James H. OLIVER, MM. Also recorded as 3652].
9-10-16. 2/Lieut. R.B. Weeks [Reginald
Skinner WEEKS] (Middlesex Regt.) attached to the Bn was killed
in action whilst temporarily attached to the 16th R.B.
14-10-16 [The Battles of the Somme 1916 - the
Battle of the Ancre Heights]. Captain
E. Lee [Edward LEE] was killed in action in the morning.
In the afternoon the Cambridgeshires and Black Watch attacked and
took the remainder of the SCHWABEN REDOUBT. The Bn sent one platoon
to reinforce but was not otherwise involved, expect being heavily
16-10-16. The Bn was relieved by the 12th & 13th
Royal Sussex Regt. and marched to billets in ENGLEBELMER.
18-10-16. The Bn marched to billets in SENLIS
29-10-16. The Bn took over the SCWABEN REDOUBT from
30-10-16. The Bn was relieved by the 11th Royal Sussex
Regt. and marched to dug outs near AUTHUILLE.
War Diary for November 1916.
1-11-16. The Bn relieved the 12th Royal Sussex Regt
in the centre sub section on the left of the SCHWABEN REDOUBT.
3-11-16. The Bn was relieved by the 17th Notts &
Derby Regt. & marched to huts in PIONEER ROAD. A draft of 6 OR joined
the Bn from Base. Divisional Routine Orders announced that Captain
C.F. Hacker [Charles Frederick HACKER, MC, RAMC] and
2/Lieut. J.P. Kemble [John Phillip KEMBLE, MC] had
been awarded the Military Cross and that 2745 Pte Ilott R.
[Randall ILLOT, MM], 2855 L/Cpl Sunders E.T. [Edwin
Thomas SAUNDERS, MM], 2587 L/Cpl Welch [Jack WELCH,
MM] had been awarded the Military Medal, all of them for conspicuous
gallantry and good work on Oct. 14th.
4-11-16. A draft of 47 joined the Bn from Base.
5-11-16. A draft of 30 OR joined the Bn.
8-11-16. A draft of 15 OR joined the Bn. The Bn relieved
the 16th Notts & Derby regt. in the left RIVER Sub section.
10-11-16. The Bn was relieved by the 12th Royal Sussex
Regt and marched to huts in MARTINSART WOOD. 2/Lieut. R.W. FRITH
joined the Bn from Base.
11-11-16. The Bn moved to huts in PIONEER WOOD.
12 and 13-11-16 [The Battle of the Ancre].
In the evening the battalion left billets and marched in light fighting
order to the SCHWABEN REDOUBT where it formed up in assembly positions
in four lines. At 5.45am on the 13th just before dawn and in a thick
mist the guns opened fire, the Bn went forward, the Cambridgeshires
on the left and the East Lancs (19th Division) on the right. Direction
was kept and the Bn had very soon taken all its objectives, capturing
the whole of the HANSA line and advancing to a depth of 1,600 yards.
Over 250 prisoners were captured and many Germans were killed. The
new line was consolidated and the Bn held the new position till
the night of the 14th/15th. During the period the Germans made three
small raids against the bombing post on our left but these were
successfully driven back. In all these operations 9 machine guns
were captured. The Bn was relieved on the night of 14th/15th by
the Kings Own and marched back to huts near AVELUY, its last platoon
leaving the trenches at 5.0am. During the period our casualties
were; 7 Officers wounded, 20 OR killed, 5 OR missing, and 115 OR
wounded. The Officers were Captain F. Pawle [Francis
PAWLE], Lieut. F.R.
Hart [Frederick Reginald HART, MC], 2/Lieut. G.
McMullen [Gordon McMULLEN], 2/Lieut. R.W. FRITH,
2/Lieut. J.P. Kemble [John Phillip KEMBLE, MC], 2/Lieut.
F. JONES and 2/Lieut. J.R. Johnstone [John Rodney
JOHNSTON, MC] - the latter remaining at duty.
13-11-16. 2/Lieut. W.F. Francis [Wilfred
Frederick FRANCIS, MC] & 2/Lieut. T.E. Penny [Thomas
Edward PENNY] joined the Bn.
15-11-16. The Bn marched to billets in WARLOY
16-11-16. The Bn marched to huts near ORVILLE
17-11-16. A draft of 6 OR joined the Bn
18-11-16. The Bn marched to billets in CANDAS.
19-11-16. The Bn entrained and arrived in the evening
at ESQUELBECQ and marched from there to billets in WORMHOUDT.
22-11-16. The Bn was inspected by GOC VIII Corps
- Lieut. General Sir Aylmer HUNTER-WESTON.
23-11-16. A draft of 138 OR joined the Bn from Base.
26-11-16. A draft of 14 OR joined the Bn from Base.
28-11-16. The Bn moved by train and road to camp
29-11-16. The Bn moved by train to YPRES and marched
to dug outs in the CANAL BANK NOTH OF YPRES.
30-11-16. A draft of 10 OR joined the Bn.
War Diary for December 1916.
1-12-16. Lieut. E MACINTOSH joined & 2/Lieut
F.M. Drury [Follett McNeill DRURY] joined the Bn
4-12-16. The Bn was relieved by the 11th S.W.B. &
moved by train to D CAMP. A draft of 8 OR joined the Bn from Base.
7-12-16. The Bn was inspected by Brig. General
J.V. MARDEN commanding 114th Brigade which the Bn had been temporarily
attached to since November 29th. A draft of 52 OR joined the Bn
8-12-16. The Bn moved to G CAMP.
12-12-16. The Bn moved by train & relieved the 13th
Royal Sussex Regt. in the left Reserve Battalion HILL TOP section
on the CANAL BANK, coming under the orders of 116th Brigade.
14-12-16. A draft of 120 OR joined the Bn from Base
15-12-16. The Bn was relieved by the 11th Royal Sussex
Regt. & rejoined the 118th Brigade, proceeding by train to E CAMP.
16-12-16. The camp was inspected by Major General
CUTHBERT commanding the 39th Division.
21-12-16. The G.O.C. in C. intended to inspect the
118th Brigade. Owing to bad weather the parade was cancelled & he
started to inspect the camp. Owing to the darkness coming on he
was unfortunately only able to inspect one battalion of the 118th
Brigade (the 6th Cheshire's).
22-12-16. It appeared in Divisional Routine Orders
that the GOC II Corps had awarded the Military Medal to the undermentioned
NCO's and men: 2684 Pte Taylor W. [William Edward TAYLOR,
MM], 4833 Pte Hansford [Albert S. HANSFORD, MM],
3513 L/Cpl Linge E. [Robert E. LINGE, MM] 4119
Pte Currell [Herbert CURRELL, MM], 2208 Pte Cherry
[Leonard CHERRY, MM], 2537 Pte Sweeney [Claude
SWEENEY, MM], 2563 Cpl Kingham [Phillip Edward
KINGHAM, MM], 4277 Sgt Clements [George CLEMENTS,
MM & Bar], 4279 Pte Rowley [George Henry ROWLEY,
MM], 2291 Pte Page [Richard G. PAGE, MM], 2865
Cpl Reynolds [George Albert REYNOLDS, MM], 2731 Sgt
Longthorne [William Gerald LONGTHORNE, MM], 2416 Pte
Bowers [Sidney BOWERS, MM], 3322 Pte Hart [Frederick
HART, MM], 6090 Pte Holland [Percy S. HOLLAND, MM].
A draft of 12 OR joined the Bn from Base.
23-12-16. The Bn moved by train & relieved the 11th
Royal Sussex Regt. In the left CANAL BANK.
24-12-16. The Bn relieved the 13th Royal Sussex Regt.
in the left front of the HILL TOP section.
28-12-16. 2/Lieuts. R.L. Hardy [Robert L.
HARDY] & E.W. Marchington [Eric William MARCHINGTON,
MC] joined & 2/Lieut. B.H. Johnston [Basil H. JOHNSTON]
rejoined the Bn.
29-12-16. The Bn was relieved by the 1st Cambs &
moved back into the left CANAL BANK dug outs.