The Border Regiment: On This Day

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Welcome to the Border Regiment on this day


'On this day' is a timeline and historical digest of the Border Regiment.
The aim of this project is to list events spanning the years of the Regiment's existence (18811959).
But it's more than that, read on to find out more.


On this day, 28 July

Events of the Border Regiment that took place on this day.

1915

  • 1st Border Regiment: Gallipoli. Battalion receives orders to move into firing line.
    • Battalion marches from X Beach to firing line and takes over part of the firing line known as Border Barricade including about 200 yards of J11B trench from the 9th Worcester Regiment.
    • C and D Coys plus 2 maxims [gun] in firing line; B Coy in support; A Coy plus 2 maxims are in reserve.
    • A great deal of work is required in the trenches: the parapet in most places is not bullet proof, trenches are too narrow and not deep enough, there are no proper snipers loopholes and sanitary arrangements are non existent.
    • Work is set about to correct this immediately and good progress made during the day even with enemy sniping.
    • Numerous enemy saps come close to the 1st Borders line, one especially within 25 yards.
    • Occasional bombing takes place and causes a few casualties in C Company.
    • The night passes quietly; owing to the bright moon the work of putting up proper iron loopholes can only be undertaken very cautiously at considerable risk.
  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in billets at Lestrem.
  • 6th Border Regiment: Gallipoli. Firing line quiet all day; various works on improving trenches continues.
    • In the evening the front of the line is partially wired.
    • 3 slight casualties including Major F.C. Marsh.
  • 7th Border Regiment remains in billets at Reninghelst.

1916

  • 1st Border Regiment arrives at Proven at 6:30am and encamps about 3 miles out on the Proven - Poperinche Road.
  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in billets at Breilly.
  • 8th Border Regiment remains in Marley Wood.
  • 11th Border Regiment marches to point J.6.a.7.7. for inspection by Gen. Monro, commanding 1st Army.
    • The 14th & 97th Brigades on parade in marching order.
    • The Battalion is congratulated by the Army Commander on its smart appearance and steadiness on parade.
    • The Battalion marches back to billets in Bethune.

1917

1918

  • 11th Border Regiment [no war diary event for this day] but most likely to be involved in training.

1919


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