The Border Regiment: On This Day

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An historical digest of the Border Regiment
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On this day...(1 August)

1915

  • 1st Border Regiment: Gallipoli (Krithia Zone). Battalion relieves the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on the far left of the firing line taking up from the sea over Fusilier Bluff to the barricade in J13 trench.
    • A and B Coys in firing line, C Coy in support, D in reserve in Trolly Ravine and HQ in Border Ravine.
    • Eight saps in progress in right section of firing line and work in there is continued day and night.
    • The parapet throughout the whole line is being worked on owing to being too high, not bullet proof at the top, nor were there any loopholes for snipers.
    • No special activity on the part of the enemy during the day beyond sniping which is extremely accurate from well concealed loopholes.
    • During the night the enemy keeps up an almost continuous fire but made no attempt to attack.
  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in rest billets at Robecq.
  • 6th Border Regiment arrives at rest camp on the isle of Imbros.
  • 7th Border Regiment, along with the 51st Brigade (in Corps Reserve), proceeds to bivouacs near Kruistraat; arrives at 3:30am.

1916

  • 1st Border Regiment moves from North Camp on the Proven – Poperinghe Road to the Yser Canal in Brigade Reserve.
  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in billets at Breilly.
  • 2/4th Border Regiment D Company leaves Gharial Spur for Peshawar.
  • 8th Border Regiment is employed in constructing a new line of trenches and generally improving and repairing existing trenches opposite Beaumont Hamel.
  • 8 Officers and 218 other ranks of 11th Border Regiment involved in running fatigues at Hohenzollern Redoubt and Hairpin Mines.
    • A draft of 89 other ranks joins the Battalion at Noyelles during the morning.

1917

  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in support. During this time hostile artillery is active in the vicinity of C.4.c. and C.3.d.
    • Ecoust receives a certain amount of attention from 4.2's.
  • 8th Border Regiment is ordered from Mud Lane to take up position in close support of 23rd Brigade who are holding Bellewarde Ridge.
    • 4am the Battalion is in position between Bellewarde Lake and Ypres—Roulers Railway.
    • C Company (Capt. King) is on the right, D Company (Capt. Duggan) is on the left.
    • A Company (Capt. Smith) and B Company (Lieut. Birnie, MC) are in support with Battaion HQ and Aidpost at Bellewarde Farm.
    • Rains heavily all day. The men suffer from exposure and cold.
    • The enemy shells the position considerably.
    • Two parties of 50 men each are sent forward at night to assist in digging support trenches on the west slope of Westhoek Ridge.
  • 11th Border Regiment find work impossible due to heavy rain all day.
    • Capt. Anderson – Regimental Medical Officer in orders for DSO (Distinguished Service Order) for his work on 9, 10 and 11 July.
    • Lieut. Cook-Gray for the MC (Military Cross) on the same date.




An altogether different history

On This Day: An historical digest of the Border Regiment lists events between the years of the Regiment's existence (18811959). Events include a variety of different subjects such as the births and deaths of officers, NCO's and other ranks, actions of individuals and small groups, actions from regimental battle honours, casualty figures, reports and war diary extracts. This list is not exclusive and remains open to the inclusion of other relevant documentation.

Single day v's single year

  • Single day – events are bulleted with linkable years the event occurred, listing the oldest first. Each 'single day' will only list events that occurred on that specific day over a period of many years. A month calendar is included on each page.
  • Single year – events are bulleted with linkable dates (i.e. 1 July). Each 'single year' will list the events of many events in that specific year. A years navbar covering five years either side of the current year is included on each page.

Both types list the same events in slightly differing formats. To get started simply click on a day in the calendar below to be taken to the events on that day.

The calendar

Months and days of the year
January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November
December


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