The Border Regiment: On This Day

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An historical digest of the Border Regiment
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On this day...(30 June)

1915

  • 1st Border Regiment, Gallipoli: Remains in occupation of J11 & J10 trenches. Work continues in converting J11 into a fire trench and J10 into a communication trench; improvement of communications generally continued during the day.
    • C Company is called out in the evening to take over a portion of the firing line.
    • D Company is called out again to reinforce the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Further companies are engaged during the night.
  • 2nd Border Regiment is relieved during the night and later proceeds from Cuinchy to billets at Busnes; arrives 3am.
  • 6th Border Regiment receives instructions early in the morning to mobilise for active service.
    • At 9am A and B Companies parade and proceed to Farnham.
    • At 10am C and D Companies parade and proceed to Farnham.
    • Battalion later proceeds from Farnham to Liverpool and embarks on HMT Empress of Britain.

1916

  • 1st Border Regiment, Acheux; Casualties week ending 30 June: Killed − nil; Wounded − 2; Missing − nil; Sick − 6; Rejoin from Hospital − 2.
  • A, B and C Companies of 2nd Border Regiment proceeds from billets at Morlandcourt to trenches in B2 Sub-sector and takes up assembly positions for the 1 July attack. Casualties: Killed − 1;[1] Wounded − 5 other ranks.
  • 8th Border Regiment moves from Herrisart to Forceville.
  • 11th Border Regiment at Crucifix Corner: After 6 days of shelling, the Battalion moves from their dug-outs at Crucifix Corner to specifically dug assembly trenches in the thickest (and least damaged) area of Authuille Wood at 10pm in preparation for Zero Hour on 1 July.

1917

  • 2nd Border Regiment remains in camp at Mory and continues its training.
    • Total strength of the Battalion this day is 35 officers 658 other ranks.
  • 8th Border Regiment involved in Company training in wet weather. Lecture in evening by Col. Birt to NCOs and officers.
  • A patrol of 11th Border Regiment examines wire in M.22.b.1.6. Day is exceptionally quiet.

1918

  • 8th Border Regiment at Emery has church parade.[2] Casualties during month: 2nd Lieut. H.G. Machell[3] killed; 15 other ranks wounded.

1943

  • 1st Border Regiment, for several days (27 June1 July) with their equipment and transport, are spread between Mascara (Algeria) and Sousse (Tunisia) in preparation for their part in "Operation Husky".[4]

1955

  • Capt. J. Cottrell is Mentioned in Despatches for Malaya.




  1. Thomas Mullen (8915 Pte.) Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
  2. This is the last entry in the 8th Border Regiment war diary. As mentioned on 29 June the Battalion and other details of the 25th Division are awaiting instructions from GHQ at this time. As they were having a church parade it is clear that they had not yet received instructions from GHQ for their next move.
  3. 2nd Lieut. H.G. Machell. 12/06/1918 Age: 30. Buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Son of Hugh and Helena Machell of 69, Grosvenor St., Marylebone, London.
  4. Operation Husky (9 July–17 August) was the glider borne invasion of Sicily, for which the Border airborne troops (and South Staffordshire Regiment) are awarded their "glider" motif.

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 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
December 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


Notes, references and sources

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