Gallipoli war diary

Transcripts of the 6th Border Regiment War Diary and associated discussions.

Gallipoli war diary

Postby plbramham » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:53 am

I’ve just discovered that you can obtain from The National Archives the 6th Border war diaries from 30th June 1915 when they sailed from Liverpool, throughout their Gallipoli campaign until 3rd Feb 1916 when they arrived in Egypt.
Note: this link also gives you a list of the other Border battalion diaries available online: - http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.u ... image1.y=9

The Catalogue reference for 6th Border at Gallipoli is: WO 95/4299
You have to buy the whole Mediterranean Expeditionary Force “package”, but as the full download is only £3.36, I don’t think that’s too bad.

Contents are (over 1000 pages in six PDFs!)
Title: G 11 DIVISION: 32 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 July - Dec. / 32 Infantry Brigade: 6 Battalion Yorkshire Regiment 1915 July - Dec. / 32 Infantry Brigade: 6 Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 1915 July - Dec. / 32 Infantry Brigade: 8 Battalion Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment) 1915 June - Dec. / 32 Infantry Brigade: 9 Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment 1915 July - Dec. / 33 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 June - Dec. / 33 Infantry Brigade: 6 Battalion Border Regiment 1915 June - 1916 Jan. / 33 Infantry Brigade: 7 Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment 1915 July - Dec. / 34 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters 1915 July - Dec. / 34 Infantry Brigade: 5 Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment 1915 July - Dec. / 34 Infantry Brigade: 8 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 1915 July - Nov. / 34 Infantry Brigade: 9 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers 1915 June - 1916 Jan. / 34 Infantry Brigade: 11 Battalion Manchester Regiment 1915 July - 1916 Jan.

The files specifically relating to 6th Border are pages 130-155 of:
--bia-filer2.web.local-DODelFiles2-W0-95-4299-0-597pdf

However, there are mentions in the other files of 6th Borders and they give descriptions of actions in which the Borders were also involved (but obviously from their regiment’s perspective as it is their diaries). There are also several sketch maps and diagrams interspersed with the usual diary reports.

Being a PDF you can print individual or multiple combination pages in various formats ( I found two diary pages per A4 sheet is perfectly large enough to be legible). You’d be hard pushed to buy a book about Gallipoli with so much information for just £3.36!
Regards Paul
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby kerchi » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:22 pm

This is a long way from the days when a single month from any war diary cost £2.50 each. The £3.36 price is such a bargain for something so in depth. If I had some extra time and three extra sets of eyes and hands I'd like to transcribe the Border Regiment diaries for the new site I am working on (to eventually replace the wiki, which is taking me longer to set up than I thought) but, alas, these are miracles I cannot perform ;-)

I enjoyed reading about 1st and 6th Borders in the Gallipoli campaign when I was writing their histories from Wylly's book. Already have half the 1st Battalions war diary transcribed but don't have the 6th Battalion's at all.
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby plbramham » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:48 pm

kerchi wrote: Already have half the 1st Battalions war diary transcribed but don't have the 6th Battalion's at all.


Give me two or three weeks and I'll see what I can do for the 6th at Gallipoli, Paul
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby kerchi » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:04 pm

That would be excellent!

Thanks for the attachments in the email you sent the other day, just noticed it in my inbox. Very nice surprise :-)
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby plbramham » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:37 pm

Here's the first instalment:

6th Bn BORDER REGIMENT war diary, Gallipoli

Grammar, spelling mistakes, missed punctuation etc. left as on original documents (words in bracket are as such on original)
Illegible or guessed words in [square brackets] with? question marks. Transcription notes in [square brackets and italics]

JULY 1915

30/6/15 FRENSHAM CAMP
9.30am - Battalion received instructions to mobilise for Active Service
9.00 am - [Totally legible as being 9am, I wonder if previous one should really have been 8am?]-A & B Companies parade and proceed to Farnham
10.00 - C & D Companies parade and proceed to Farnham. Proceed by Half Battalion from Farnham to Liverpool and embark on His Majesty’s Transport “Empress of Britain”
1/7/15 LIVERPOOL 10.55pm - Sailed
5-6/7/15 GIBRALTAR. - Passed on the night of 5th -6th July
8/7/15 MALTA. 5pm - Arrived (Coaled)
10/7/15 MALTA. 6am - Departed.
12/7/15 ALEXANDRIA 5.30pm - Arrived (Coaled, took water).
11/7/15 MALTA Lieut W.A.Welsh placed under arrest.
16/7/15 ALEXANDRIA. 7am - Departed for Mudros
18/7/15 LEMNOS. 1.30am – Arrived (Mudros Harbour)
19/7/15. 3pm- 6th Lincoln Regt moved off in transport [“Osmanich”?] and [Elkatura”?] 775 strong (all ranks)
20/7/15. Battalion left disembarking from Empress of Britain. Main party under Lt Col Broadrick on the SS Whitby Castle & 2nd party under Major Causfield DSO in the SS Partridge. No transport carts of any kind left with these vessels, all these being sent with the SS [Abasbich?] & 7th South Staffs.
21/7/15 HELLES. 01.00 – Battalion disembarked in two [crossed out] three parties by the hulk of the SS River Clyde in 3 parties. Just after the first party was landed, the other two parties had to put back, owing to heavy shellfire, and came in later. The whole were disembarked without loss. Battalion first bivouacked in the Portsmouth Lines. Fatigue partys work on the beach in the morning & afternoon were shelled, one man being wounded.As the transport arrived with the stores about 4.30pm, they were shelled from “Achi Baba”. Two men were killed and one wounded. During the evening just after dark all stores etc were moved to a new bivouac just East of the Divl [divisional?] ammunition Park about 300 yards from our first bivouac.
22/7/15. 08.00 - CO, Adjutant, Coy commanders and 2 officers per company visited the fire trench of the 6th Lincoln Regt & the Bn Royal Naval Division, the remainder of the Battalion were employed on fatigues. Battalion moving to their next bivouac during the day. 2 men were wounded by shellfire.
23/7/15- Battalion remained at rest in dugouts. 1 man was killed & 1 wounded on night of 23rd & 24th
24/7/15 REST BIVOUAC - Battalion in rest bivouacs all day and employed on fatigues. (No casualties.)
25/7/15 ESKE LINES BROWN HOUSE. 10.00 - Left rest bivouac & took over duties of battalion in reserve all day, men employed in strengthening reserve trenches, also general fatigues (No casualties)
26/7/15 Whole day spent in reserve, Battalion employed in sanitary fatigues and strengthening Eske Lines. Also carrying water & ammunition to the firing line, During these 2 days a small redoubt was held by 1 officer and 25 men.
27/7/15 Reserve line until noon, Battalion started to relieve Lincoln Regt, relief was completed by 4pm. A, C & D companies were in the firing line and B Coy were in reserve. Work of improvement of trenches was at once carried on. Night all quiet, excepting one portion of D line where a small Turkish redoubt was bombed.
28/7/15 Firing line quiet all day various work proceeding. In the evening front of the line was partially wired. 3 slight casualties (including Major F.C. Marsh.)
29/7/15 FIRING LINE. Quiet all day: Work of improving and consolidating carried on vigorously. No casualties. During the morning Sergeant Gibson and Corporal Wheelwright spotted a man working in a Turkish trench about 200 yards distant, Sergeant Gibson shot him, the Turks a few minutes afterwards throwing the body out of the trench along with rifle equipment. Between 8 & 10pm further wiring was carried out in front of A & D companies. Night quite quiet.
30/7/15. 3pm - Relieved by Lancs Fusiliers (L.F.). Very quiet no casualties.
31/7/15 Battalion in rest camp employed in fatigues during the day. 1 man wounded while on fatigues. Battalion embarked with rest of Brigade about the evening for Imbros.
G.Darwell Capt Adjt. 6th Service Battalion. The Border Regiment

AUGUST 1915

1/8/15 IMBROS. Arrived in Rest camp
2/8/15 – 5/8/15 Rest Camp
6/8/15. Rest camp. Embarked on board destroyers about 5pm and landed at a point just south of SUVLA BAY Gallipoli with the remainder of the 11th Div about 11pm.Regimental in divisional reserve with Lincolnshire Regt.
7/8/15. At dawn battalion had not reached appointed position and dug itself in at Lala Baba - Shelled about 6am. 1 killed 22 wounded. At 5pm battalion moved out of its position to support Lincolnshire Regt engaged on night attack pn the Turkish entrenched position at YOUGHLIN BORNU. A & B coys moved up in support of Lincolns immediately after the position had been captured and helped to consolidate. A Coy partially coming up on the left of the position. D Coy remaining until 10pm as local [?????] on account of threatened danger to the left flank. Moving up under the Commanding Officer to HQ of the Lincoln Regt about midnight.
8/8/15. Work of consolidating Youghlin Bornu position proceeded with. About 9am orders were received that we had to withdraw into Divisional Reserve again at Lala Ba. Casualties 2 officers 2nd Lt W.S. Ross & 2nd Lt. H.B. de Montmorency wounded, also 51 others wounded, 4 killed & 3 missing. About 5.0pm OC Battns were sent for from Brigade Headqrs to go forward & reconnoitre positions to be attacked the following morning. The position to be attacked was as follows. Point 112 ie ISMAIL UGLU TEPE to the windmills just South of ANA FARTA SAGIR. Order of attack was 6th Border Regt. Right. 7th South Staffs Centre & 6th Lincolns Left two platoons were to be pushed forwards on hill 50 to take right flank (Wounded Lt H.B. De Montmorency & Lt W.S.Ross)
9/8/15 At 1.45am the Battn. Left bivouac accompanied by 6th Lincolns & marched to YILGHIN BURNU reaching position for deployment just North of this point at 5.00 am where the two Battns. Were joined by the 7th South Staffs Regt. who were bivouacking there. The advance started about 5.0 am C & D companies forming the firing line & supports C on right & D on left. A & B were Battn. Reserve. 3 machine guns under Major Bridges were attached to the Battn.The advance proceeded in a satisfactory manner till 6.30am, the firing line reaching the nulla near ISMAIL JALUTERE. The [Left?] at this junction about the region of KANLI KEUPRU was driven in, the enemy coming on to Hill 70 & the heights of ABRIKJA thereby enfilading the left of the Battn attack. A & B companies were now pushed into the firing line. Battn. Headqrs. were formed along the road just North of TORDUT CHESHME a very heavy enfilade from enemy machine guns was experienced & the firing line became divided into isolated groups with no support coming up. A further retirement on the left caused the commanding officer to collect as many men as he could along the road about TORDUT CHESHME. This line was held all day until about 5.0 pm. A large number of men had been killed or wounded along the line by machine guns. At 5.0 pm the remainder of the Battn. & one company of the Staffordshire Regt. Retired about 150 yards & occupied an old trench & dug in. Casualties being Officers :- 12 killed, 4 wounded,& 1 missing. 20 officers started the attack. Casualties ranks & file killed 26, wounded 241, missing 131. 696 men started in the morning with the battalion.
10/8/15 The whole of the day was spent in the occupation & consolidating the trench along our line. Col Broadrick being in charge. On that evening the 53rd Division made an attack on Hill 70. During the night of 10th & 11th heavy firing in our lines on both sides by Regiments on our Right & Left, but there was no general attack by the enemy. Casualties 1 man wounded.
11/8/15 Day spent in same trenches working on consolidating our line, during the two days previously several wounded were brought in
12/8/15 At 1.0am the Battn. Was relieved from the trenches by the Yorks Regt & proceeded to the reserve below LALA BABA where reinforcements from Imbros joined up under Capt K.M. Chance
13/8/15 Reserve below LALA BABA working on defences
14/8/15 Reserve below LALA BABA working on defences
15/8/15 Reserve below LALA BABA working on defences
16/8/15 Reserve below LALA BABA working on defences
17/8/15 Reserve below LALA BABA working on defences. 2 Lt Fenwick 6 Lincoln attached to us. Capt Romanes rejoined from being transport officer.
18/8/15 In evening relieved West Riding Regt. In trenches on CHOCOLATE HILL.
19/8/15 Trenches on CHOCOLATE HILL.
20/8/15 Relieved at 11pm by 1st Bn Dublin Fusiliers & went back to same beach below LALA BABA arriving at 2 am
21/8/15 2 Lt A de L BAINBRIGGE & 2 Lt. F.B.D.STALKER joined Bn in morning. Left bivouacs at 2pm & formed up behind LALA BABA. The 33rd Bde was in reserve to the 32nd who had orders to attack [ w mill – windmill?] if the 32 succeeded in doing this they were to dig in & the 33rd were to push through & take hill 101. The 29th division was to attack on our left, but we had no definite information as to who was on our right. The 33rd started at about 3pm in artillery formation in the following order: SHERWOOD FORESTERS. BORDER. S.STAFFS. LINCOLNS . The Bn in columns of coy order A,B,C,D came very quickly under shellfire, which increased in intensity as it proceeded. The bn advanced almost due east & when about level with CHOCOLATE HILL, A coy coming under rifle fire extended, the remaining coys extended in succession as they came to the same place, & as D Coy was doing this a written message, signed was brought in by an officer – major – saying that D & C Coys were to file to the right & follow him to take a Turkish trench a few hundred yds. away on the right, which attack he said he should lead. This was done & the trench was taken, the Turks leaving as they approached. Here our men were mixed up with some of the 32nd bde & the S.STAFFS but the men of the 32nd went off somewhere to the right, while the BORDERS & about 50 S.STAFFS advanced several hundred yds. & lined the sunken road 92 B4-6. 2 Lt Bainbrigge was now in command of the Borders in this part of the line, Capt Darwell having been wounded & 2 Lt Stalker killed, though there were only about 40 left. They remained where they were till about 6pm when a Ghurkha regt were seen advancing behind in an easterly direction & occupied a ditch going N & S with SUSAK KUKU on their extreme left 2 Lt Bainbrigge got in trench with them & was ordered to extend his line along the sunken road to their left.
(22/8/15) under 21st. This part of the line was under heavy enfilade fire during the day, but the position was maintained until Lt Bainbrigge received orders through the Ghurkhas to retire to the beach, reinforcements for the latter having arrived & this order also applied to the S STAFFS under his command, & this was complied with, as he retired to the beach after dark & rejoined the remainder of the bn. the following morning.
21/8/15 To return to A & B Coys. After extending they pushed on ahead lead by the C.O. who was in the front line under heavy rifle fire towards [W. Mill? – windmill ] when they arrived at a point about 200 yards NE [ A 105???] on the slopes of a hill, they were heavily enfiladed from the right rear. The C.O. & Capt Clegg were killed & Capt Romanes wounded. Those men who had gone up the slopes of the hill were ordered back to a trench at the bottom by the C.O. A fire had broken out in the bushes on the hill & the wounded were in danger of being burnt. CQMS Prosser did good work bringing them down, thereby gaining the DCM .Lt Durlacher, when it grew dark, collected about 200 men chiefly BORDERS & SHERWOODS behind the trench, for the moment all that could be found of the 33rd bde. Capt Chance was in command & read orders from the Brigadier to occupy a trench running E & W opposite the HETMAN CHAIR communication trench, which was & had been occupied by the Turks the whole time & had done all the damage. Trench was occupied, 32nd & 33rd bdes. being very mixed up.
22/8/15 Stayed in trench all day & were relieved by the Munster Fusiliers & occupied reserve trenches running from the SE corner of SALT LAKE toward the sea.which were already occupied by 11 div Cyclist coy. Went into action 483. Killed men 12 officer 3 .Wounded men 56 offs 2 .Missing men 12 officer 3 .Total 100 men 5 off
23/8/15 Reserve trenches near SALT LAKE
24/8/15 Reserve trenches near SALT LAKE.
BORDERS & LINCOLNS formed into 1 btn under Lt Col PHELPS.
S.STAFFS & SHERWOODS formed into 1 btn under Capt DUCK.
25/8/15 Reserve trenches near SALT LAKE
26/8/15 Reserve trenches near SALT LAKE
27/8/15 Relieved 6 Essex Regt on KIRETCH TEPE SIRT
28/8/15 Firing line
29/8/15 Firing line
30/8/15 In Dug outs in support
31/8/15 In Dug outs in support
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby plbramham » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:02 pm

6th Bn BORDER REGIMENT war diary, Gallipoli (part 2)

Grammar, spelling mistakes, missed punctuation etc. left as on original documents (words in bracket are as such on original)
Illegible or guessed words in [square brackets] with? question marks. Transcription notes in [square brackets and italics]

September 1915

1/9/15 In Dug Out in support – shelling by Turks after dark. Reinforced firing line for the night. No attack
2/9/15 Support dug outs
3/9/15 ditto
4/9/15 ditto
5/9/15 Firing line. Lt DURLACHER went sick with slight dysentery. Only Capt Chance & 2 Lt BAINBRIGGE, Capt White QM left
6 to 8/9/15 Firing line
9/9/15 Firing line. Lt SKENE RAMC wounded
10 & 11/9/15 Firing line
12/9/15 Firing line, Relieved by W. Yorks Regt.
13/9/15 In reserve on the beach. Moved up to dug outs on hillside every alternate night while in reserve. Draft of 100 men from 3 Munsters joined, No officers
14/9/14 In reserve on beach. Fatigues all day all the time in reserve
15/9/16 In reserve on beach. Fatigues all day all the time in reserve
16/9/14 Ditto.
17/9/15 Ditto. 2 Lt GRAHAM-CLARKE of KOSB attached to bn.
18- 20/9/15 Ditto
21/9/15 Ditto. Lt James& 2nd Lt Carr rejoined the bn having been wounded [on 9/8/15 - crossed out ] Relieved Lancashire Fusiliers & Northumberland Fusiliers. One Coy on beach, one Coy in support & Lincolns in firing line
22/9/15 In reserve one company, in support one coy. Major D Mathers Inniskilling Fusiliers joined to take over command of the battalion
23/9/15 The Bn was separated from 6th Lincolnshire Regt and reorganised under command of Major Mathers in support nullah [ note: a nullah is a ravine ] 300 yards N of Shafetsbury Avenue – B & C Coys No I Coy; A & D Coys No II Coy – Adjutant Lt C.K.James.
24/9/15 Btn in Support -working party on GREEN LANE.
25/9/15 Btn in Support -working party on GREEN LANE.2 Lt J.J. Johnstone & D.S. Buchanan 9th Btn KOSB attached
26/9/15 Btn in Support- working party on GREEN LANE. 2 Lt Graham-Clarke ( 9th KOSB attd) wounded.
27/9/15 Btn in Support- working party on GREEN LANE. 2 Lt G.B. Armstrong 9th Linclon attached.
28/9/15 Bn relieved 6th Lincoln Regt in firing line – portion of trench taken over E 54 & E54 (a) (GREN LANE) All night working parties on GREEN LANE – no casualties.
29/9/15 Btn in firing line – Night working party on GREEN LANE – two casualties
30/9/15 Btn in firing line extended to include JEPHSON’S POST

October 1915

1/10/15 Bn in firing line. Night working parties on GREEN LANE. Work interfered with by fairly heavy shelling five casualties.
2/10/15 Bn in firing line. Night working parties on GREEN LANE. 2nd Lt Ross W.S. rejoined ( having been wounded)
3/10/15 Bn in firing line. Night working parties on GREEN LANE. GREEN KNOLL (135-P-5) held by 2 officers and 20 men.A few Turks were in position on the knoll but were driven off with bombs
4/10/15 Bn in firing line: 2 officers & 20 men sent out at 18.45 to hold the knoll. The party was fairly heavily fired on when 200 yards from the knoll; it accordingly advanced slightly and took up position on edge of Nullah W of knoll writing back for instructions. Bombs thrown by Turks and us fell short in nullah. About 24.00 GREEN LANE & KNOLL parties withdrawn and the knoll shelled fairly heavily no more parties sent out that night.
5/10/15 Bn in firing line. 18.15 – 18.45 GREEN KNOLL [searched?] with MG fire – a party of Turks (about 70) dispersed. 18.30 -19.00 Artillery bombardment of the knoll. 21.00 knoll occupied b 150 men of Sherwood Foresters. Our working party on GREEN LANE not interfered with and much more comfortable than usual.
6/10/15 Bn in firing line. Same procedure for GREEN KNOLL as on the 5th. The following N.C.O.s & men were awarded the DCM for gallantry in the field
No 20028 C.Q.M.S Prosser A.V ,5101 a/C.S.M. Gibson C., 11281 Pte Sutherland . 6th (S) Battalion The Border Regt. Officers joined as follows: Lt T.E. Bjerre & Lts A.A. Patterson E.N.Park, R.B.Wood E.B.Mason all 6th Bn attached 10th Btn Border Regt
7/10/15 Bn relieved during day by 7th (S) Bn S.Staffordshire Regt (completed 16.00) & moved into Btnn reserve in SHAFTESBURY AVENUE. Distinguishing letter of E section of trenches changed to D. Work on 135-0-5 to 3. Bn reorganised in 4 Coys under command of A Coy Lt T.E. Bjerre; B.Coy. Capt K.M. Chance; C Coy 2 Lt. A.L. Bainbrigge; D Coy Lt R.N. Carr
8/10/15 Bn in reserve men at work clearing SHAFTESBURY AV to breadth of 4 ft Following officers joined for duty from 10th Btn. 2 Lts J.J. [ Dedman?] A.Fulton,C.F. [Ingledow?] ; from Egypt 2 Lt K.A.Morris.
9/10/15 Bn the reserve. Divine Service by Rev W.W. Warburton 09.30 Work on Shaftesbury Avenue & 135-0-5 to 3
10/10/15 Bn in reserve. (135-0-5 to 3 named Cliff Walk) Work on Shaftsbury Avenue &Cliff Walk.
11/10/15 Bn in reserve. Draft of 150 NCO & men & 6 officers 2 Lt F.R.Poole 6 Bn & Lts N.D.Williams.?F.Ridley, 2 Lts W.J.Beattie, J.W.Wood 10th Bn, 2nd Lt H.F. Samson nd Bn The Border Regt. Work on Shaftesbury Avenue.
12/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue Toe Redoubt (135 –P-1?2) commenced under RE. Work on Cliff Walk.
13/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue Toe Redoubt (135 –P-1?2) commenced under RE. Work on Cliff Walk.
14/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue Toe Redoubt (135 –P-1?2) commenced under RE. Work on Cliff Walk. Capt Chance to rest camp.
15/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue Toe Redoubt finished. Work on Cliff Walk.
16/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue Toe Redoubt finished. Work on Cliff Walk.Divine Service 10.30 2 Lt R.N.Carr to rest camp
17 & 18/10/15 Bn in Reserve Shaftesbury Avenue. Work on Cliff Walk
19/10/15 Bn in Reserve. Extension of Toe Redoubt commenced from P2 to P3 Work on Cliff Walk.
20/10/15 Bn moved to Div Reserve at Lizard’s Tail (135-R-5 to 9) being relieved by Yorkshire Regt and relieving York & Lancaster egt. 2 Lts R.N.Carr; J.W. Hood: W.L.Beattie to 35th Field Ambulance.
21/10/15 Bn in Div Reserve. Work on stone dugouts in own nullah. The following warrant offciers garnted ttemporary commissions General List AU thy G.R.O 41. No 5781 RQMS Price S.J. to be Temporary 2 Lt. No 20028 CQMS Prosser AV to be Temporary 2 Lt
22/10/15 Btn in Div Reserve. Work continused on our dugouts which are progressing very well
23-26/10/15 [ no entries ]
27/10/15 Btn. in Div Reserve. Address at 18.30 by Rev [Corcoran?] very successful

Alternative diary 12 - 31/10/15 in different writing

12- 16/10/15 Bn in reserve. Employed improving and entrenching Cliff Walk and Toe Redoubt.
17/10/15 Lt Carr to hospital
18/10/15 Battn Moved to Lizard Point in reserve employed in making winter quarters in Nullah
19-30/10/15 ditto
31/10/15 Battalion moved to Area A in Corps Reserve
Major Mathers Comdg. 6th Border Rgt.

November 1915

1/11/15 Batalion in Area A Corps reserve – men employed on fatigues with Ordnance Depot – Provost Marshal and Fd Ambulance
2 & 3/11/15 -do.
4/10/15 Do.Surprise Alarm 6.30 pm. Men turned out very well fully equipoped with arms, ammunition, respirators, F. dressings Emergency ration and full water bottles complete,
5-7/11/15 - do.
10/11/15 – do - 2 Lt Armstrong,?Lincolnshire Regt 9th Nov
11/11/15 Relieved Devon Yeomanry in firing line trenches sections 50 to 53 inclusive. Lt Sampson wounded by H.E. 2 Lt Patterson to hospital sick
12/11/15 Very heavy shelling on Jepson Post about 10 am 5 men hit 2 sent to hospital – 1 coy taken out of firing line & put in supports on Preston Ridges.
13/11/15 Quiet day only a little sniping. Listening post went out 100 yds in front of fire trench.
14/11/15 Very little sniping. Machine gun in HAYMARKET got a good target in Turkish communication trench at a range of 1750 yds. Gas alarm practice.
SUVLA 15/11/15 Jepsons Post shelled by Turks about 9am - 3 men (cooks) wounded by one shell in trench. 9.30 am 2 stretcher bearers wounded by shell. All went to hospital. 2 Lt Wood to hospital G.O.C. 11 Division inspected trenches in our area, Practice gas alarm
17/11/15 CSM Gibson killed & one man wounded
18/11/15 One man killed & 3 wounded21/11/15 Lt Montgomerie and 58 men joined Btn
25/11/15 Relieved in firing lines by South Staffordshire Rgt – Battalion moved into Divisional Reserve at Holburn. 1 man killed 1 wounded.
26/11/15 Heavy thunderstorm today and 27th inst. Faulty work in building dug out brought [???] down
27/11/15 Snow storm
28/11/15 Snow storm 27 men to hospital result of storm
29/11/15 Frosty weather 15 men to hospital result of storm
30/11/15 Frosty weather sick down to [???] – 5 sick

December 1915

1-4/12/15 Cold frosty weather especially at night. Btn employed on work on 2nd line defences and in draining communication trenches – Three officers to hospital sick 2 Lt Morris Fulton – [Ingledow?]
5-7/12/15 Weather milder. S.W. wind Bright Sunshine
8/12/15 1 man wounded 6 men evacuated unfit
9/12/15 1 man wounded 41 men evacuated unfit
10/12/15 1 man wounded 4 men evacuated unfit
11/12/15 24 m3n evacuated unfit
12/12/15 58 men evacuated unfit
12/12/16 1 man wounded
18/12/15 Left Divisional Reserve Area 18.00 embarked 21.00 on SS “Huntsgreen” – no casualties.
19/12/15 Disembarked at Imbros 07.00 encamped at No 6 Area

Dec 20 1915 to Jan 27th 1916
IMBROS 20/12/15 In camp at Imbros . Training. Serbian band. [ two words illegible ] 2nd Lt [Ivison? ] to hospital on 11th Jan. Following officers rejoined on 10th Jan from hospital Capts C.K.James. R.N.Carr. 2 Lt K.A.Morris Jan 10th Capt K.M.Chance to be 2nd in Command Capt C.K.James to be Adjutant. Capt R.W. Carr took over command and [????ment} of B Coy. Vice Capt Chance.

Jan 27th - Feb 3rd 1916

IMBROS 27/1/16 Embarked at 20.00 on board SS Brighton
MUDROS 28/1/16 left Imbros 11.00 arrived Mudros 15.30 and went straight on board SS Tunisian.
AT SEA 29/1/16 Left Mudros. Troops on board 6th Border, 6th Lincolnshire, 33rd Bde HQ and about 250 details
30 & 31/1/16 At sea- calm weather- voyage very pleasant & much enjoyed by all
ALEXANDRIA 1 & 2/2/16 Arrived at Alexandria 14.00 Disembarked last at 16.30 marched to [Rowlah?] station and came out by train to Sidi Bishr Arrived 21.00
SIDI BISHR 3/2/16 Arranging camp 184 other ranks marched in. Officers 2 Lt A Fulton from hospital. Lt Davies 2 Lt Healy & [All???] attached from Manchester Regt. 2 Lt McCreer Royal Warwickshire Regt also attached

I haven't tried to make an grammatical corrections, and some phrases don't seem to make sense, but I've left them as written, Paul
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Re: Gallipoli war diary

Postby kerchi » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:02 pm

Interesting read Paul.

When I did the transcriptions for the 1st and 11th Battalions I left many of the grammatical mistakes as they were simply to keep it as real to the original as possible. That's when I used notes to specify where the mistakes were. That's what I love about the war diaries, there were several different officers writing these diaries (with different handwritings and styles of writing) that some were very specific in their 'Queen's English' and others weren't that bothered.
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