2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:32 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st January 1917
New Year's Day Proclamation Parade under the G.O.C. 1st (Peshawar) Division.

3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st January 1917
Tactical schemes at Kacha Garhi under Brigadier L. C. 10th, Dunsterville, C.B. Battalion proceeded to and returned 24th, from Bara on “Kitchener's Test.”

3rd February 1917
Ten attached officers proceeded to Ambala.

4th February 1917
Mobilisation of the Battalion for the Mohmand Blockade Line.

5th February 1917
Inspection by the G.O.C. 1st (Peshawar) Infantry Brigade.

7th February 1917
The Battalion (17 officers and 642 other ranks), under the command of Lieut.-Colonel J. F. Haswell, V.D., proceeded, with the 5th Gurkhas, to Sadar Garhi, for service on the Mohmand Blockade Line; camped for the night in the Perimeter Camp, Adozai, the whole force being under Brigadier-General N. Woodyatt, C.B.

8th February 1917
Marched from Adozai to Sadar Garhi. Arrived at 13 hours, and took over blockhouses Nos. 4 to 16 (inclusive), in relief of the 1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry (“C” Company, Nos. 4 to 7; “A” Company, Nos. 8 to 11; “B” Company, Nos. 12 to 16; Headquarters, “D” Company, and one section Mountain Battery in the Perimeter Camp, Sadar Garhi).

14th February 1917
Lieut. L. MacGlasson appointed Adjutant vice Captain H. Thomson.

22nd February 1917
Communication trenches completed from Nos. 5 to 16 blockhouses.

1st March 1917
Lieut. R. T. Bruckman, 2 officers, and 100 other ranks, proceeded at 04.30 hours to join the column under Brigadier-General N. Woodyatt, C.B., for the destruction of the villages of Jahaugirpura and Wazir Kalai. Detachment returned at 18.45 hours, having marched twenty-six miles and destroyed the villages.

7th March 1917
One officer and 50 other ranks arrived at Sadar Garhi from the Depot.

8th March 1917
Ten officers arrived at the Depot at Peshawar for attachment to the Battalion.

10th March 1917
Enemy sniped No. 15 Blockhouse during the morning from sangars on the hill to the north-west.

13th March 1917
No. 7 Blockhouse and the listening post on the left attacked at 20.50 hours by tribesmen from the front and from the nullah to the east of the blockhouse. The tribesmen were driven off, the wire remaining intact.

22nd March 1917
Tribesmen attempted to break through the wire near No. 11 Blockhouse at 23.30 hours. Driven off by the listening post.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:37 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

5th April 1917
Detachment, supported by armoured car, demolished the sangars 1,700 yards in front of No. 11 Blockhouse.

9th April 1917
Five Afghans taken prisoners in front of No. 10 Blockhouse stated that they had come from Dakka and were proceeding to Peshawar to draw their allowance as pensioners of the Indian Army. Sent to Shab Kadr under escort.

10th April 1917
His Excellency the Viceroy, Baron Chelmsford, visited the Mohmand Blockade Line and inspected No. 12 Blockhouse. The Battalion picketed the Abazai Road near Matta, and the three hills to the north of No. 12 Blockhouse. Mohmands sniped the picket on Hill 1461 from 14.00 hours to 17.30 hours, when the pickets were withdrawn, the enemy following up the retirement until dispersed by the fire from No. 8 Mountain Battery.

18th April 1917
Took over Nos. 1, 2, and 3 Blockhouses from the Frontier Constabulary.

24th April 1917
Took over Munda Kala Post (1 officer and 25 other ranks) from the 35th Sikhs.

26th April 1917
Relieved at Munda Kala by the 35th Sikhs.

28th April 1917
Four or five Pathans entered the Bhoosa Agent's tent sixty yards outside the Sadar Garhi Camp. Sentry fired on the raiders, and the raiders dispersed, The Bhoosa Agent was brought into the camp seriously wounded and died shortly afterwards.

29th April 1917
Relieved by the 106th Hazara Pioneers, who took over Nos. 1 to 1C Blockhouses (inclusive) from the Battalion.

30th April 1917
Left Sadar Ghari and marched to Nagamou. Bivouacked for the night.

1st May 1917
Marched from Nagoman to Peshawar. Strength of Battalion returning 14 officers, 6 attached officers, and 627 other ranks. The Momand Blockade Line stretched for seventeen miles from the gorge on the Swat River to the Kabul River beyond Michni Fort. The line consisted of a chain of blockhouses from 300 to 1,000 yards apart, built on the north side of the Michni-Abazai Road, but clear of the foothills. A barbed wire entanglement was built from end to end of the line, with live wire placed in front. A communication trench was dug, connecting all the blockhouses, along which listening posts were stationed between dusk and dawn. Brigade Headquarters were established at Fort Shab Kadr, while Battalion Headquarters were established at Sadar Garhi, Shab Kadr, Suban Khwar, and Michni, a Detachment of the 35th Sikhs being at Abazai Fort and the Frontier Constabulary at Matta.

4th May 1917
One officer and 71 other ranks of “D” Company took over the duties of the Infantry Detachment at Fort Peshawar.

11th May 1917
Headquarters and “A” Company proceeded to Lower Gharial, Murree Hills.

12th May 1917
“D” Company proceeded to Gharial.

13th May 1917
Detachment of 2 officers and 150 other ranks proceeded to Nowshera.

17th May 1917
Headquarters and “A” Company arrived at Lower Gharial.

18th May 1917
“B” Company arrived at Lower Gharial.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:10 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st June 1917
Lieut. E. P. Hardy and 18 other ranks proceeded to Mhow on transfer to the 4th Machine Gun Corps.

15th June 1917
A draft of 40 N.C.O.'s and men arrived from the 3/4th Border Regiment, England.

1st July 1917
Lieut.-Colonel J. F. Haswell, V.D., relinquished the command of the Battalion on transfer to the R.A.M.C.

8th July 1917
Lieut.-Colonel J. F. Haswell, V.D., left Lower Gharial for Quetta.

25th July 1917
Lieut. J. L. Strang and 40 other ranks proceeded to Mhow on transfer to the Machine Gun Corps.

6th August 1917
Lieut.-Colonel F. W. Halton, T.D., from D.A.Q.M.G. 6th (Poona) Division, assumed command of the Battalion vice Major G. H. Heelis, relieved.

25th September 1917
A draft of 123 N.C.O.'s and men arrived at Bombay from England, and proceeded to Cherat, N.W.F.P.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:13 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st November 1917
“B” Company left Lower Gharial for Cherat.

2nd November 1917
Headquarters and “A” Company left Lower Gharial for Cherat.

5th November 1917
Peshawar Detachment left Peshawar for Cherat, by road. Nowshera Detachment left Nowshera for Cherat.

7th November 1917
The Battalion arrived at Cherat.

11th December 1917
“A” and “B” Companies proceeded to Dag on company training.

28th December 1917
Inspection by G.O.C. 1st (Peshawar) Division (Major-General Sir F. Campbell, K.C.B.).

29th December 1917
“C” and “D” Companies proceeded to Dag on company training; “A” and “B” Companies returned to Headquarters. A draft of 70 N.C.O.'s and men arrived from the 3/4th Border Regiment, England.

12th December 1917
Celebrated “Arroyo dos Molinos” Day. Sports in the afternoon, football match and concert at night.

28th December 1917
Brigadier-General G. D. Crocker assumed the command of the 1st (Peshawar) Infantry Brigade vice Brigadier-General L. C. Dunsterville, C.B., A.D.C., proceeded on service.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:18 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st January 1918
New Year's Day. Station parade.

12th January 1918
The Battalion (15 officers and 467 other ranks) proceeded to Jallozai for battalion training.

23rd January 1918
The Battalion left Jallozai and proceeded to Nowshera Thana.

24th January 1918
The Battalion left Nowshera Thana and arrived at Walai for brigade training with the 1st Infantry Brigade, consisting of 2nd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, the 15th Sikhs and the 35th Sikhs, No. 6 Mountain Battery, No. 263 Machine Gun Company; one squadron 33rd Cavalry and one section 1st Sappers and Miners were attached to the Brigade.

1st & 2nd February 1918
Inspection of the Brigade in the field by the G.O.C. 1st and 2nd (Peshawar) Division.

4th & 5th February 1918
Inspection of Brigade in the field by the Northern Army and 5th Commander (General Sir A. A. Barrett, K.C.B.).

7th February 1918
The Battalion left Walai. Arrived Nowshera Thana 7th, Pabbi 8th, Upper Dag 9th, Cherat 10th.

20th February 1918
Inspection of the Battalion by Brigadier-General G.D. Crocker, G.O.C. 1st Infantry Brigade.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:22 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

22nd April 1918
“A” Company left Cherat for Peshawar.

23rd April 1918
Headquarters, “C” and “D” Companies left Cherat for Lower Gharial.

24th April 1918
“A” Company arrived at Peshawar.

29th April 1918
Headquarters, “C” and “D” Companies arrived at Lower Gharial.

2nd May 1918
“B” Company marched from Cherat to Nowshera via the Manki Pass.

1st November 1918
Headquarters, “C” and “D” Companies left Lower Gharial for Cherat.

7th November 1918
Arrived Cherat and joined “B” Company, which had left Nowshera in October, marching to Cherat via the Manki Pass.

16th November 1918
Station parade to hear the Armistice terms read.

20th November 1918
The Battalion celebrated the signing of the Armistice.

22nd November 1918
Ten days' holiday by order of the Commander-in-Chief, India.

12th December 1918
Headquarters, “B” “C and “D” Companies left Cherat for Peshawar. Arrived 14th, quartered in the Khyber Barracks.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:27 am

The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st Januaury 1919
New Year's Day. Proclamation parade under the G.O.C. 1st (Peshawar) Division.

5th Januaury 1919
Brigade tactical scheme near Kacha Garhi and Jamrud.

6th January 1919
The Battalion moved into Taikal Camp.

19th February 1919
Tactical scheme under G.O.C. 1st Infantry Brigade west of Pallozai Khwar.

11th April 1919
Advance party proceeded to Lower Barian.

18th & 19th April 1919
Disturbances in Peshawar City.

6th May 1919
Received orders to mobilise against Afghanistan.

7th May 1919
Mobilisation completed. Strength, 17 officers and 548 other ranks.

8th May 1919
Detachment, 1 officer and 60 other ranks, proceeded to Risalpur as protection to the Royal Air Force aerodrome.

10th May 1919
Detachment, 1 officer and 64 other ranks, stationed at Camp-bellpur also proceeded to Risalpur.

13th May 1919
The Signal Section (1 officer and 26 other ranks) arrived from Lower Barian.

16th May 1919
The Battalion moved from Taikal Camp into Roberts Barracks.

20th May 1919
Detachment of 1 officer and 12 other ranks provided for the armoured train between Pabbi and Jamrud.

26th May 1919
One officer and 49 other ranks arrived from Lower Barian. A picket of 1 officer and 11 other ranks provided for the Bara Aqueduct nightly until 31st May.

28th May 1919
Captain A. W. Anderson, 2 officers, and 100 other ranks proceeded to Kohat at 14.00 hours to join the Thal Relief Force.

29th May 1919
The Detachment arrived at Kohat at 06.00 hours, and proceeded to Hangu by motor lorries at 10.00 hours.

30th May 1919
The Detachment joined the Thal Relief Force under Brigadier-General R. E. H. Dyer, C.B. Left Hangu at 16.00 hours and marched to Togh, arriving 23.30 hours.

31st May 1919
The Detachment left Togh at 04.00 hours, marched to Doaba (17 miles), arriving 12.00 hours.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

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The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

1st June 1919
The Detachment left Doaba at 06.00 hours as escort to the artillery. The artillery came into action near the aerodrome N.N.E. of Thal. Bivouacked for the night on the artillery position.

2nd June 1919
The armoured train between Pabbi and Jamrud was attacked and partly derailed by tribesmen between Kacha Garhi and Jamrud at 00.30 hours. Corporal Murray and Private Brown of “C” Company wounded. The Detachment with the Thai Relief Force moved out at 09.00 hours and attacked the enemy holding a small hill north of Thal, the enemy evacuating the position. Returned to camp at 14.30 hours.

3rd June 1919
The Detachment proceeded four miles on the Parachinar Road beyond Thal, forded the Kurram River, and marched to the Afghan camp at Yusuf Khel. The camp was found deserted except for two wounded Afghans. Returned to Thal.

4th June 1919
Captain Anderson, 4 officers, and 200 Indian ranks, proceeded to Yusuf Khel to clear the camp and ammunition dump abandoned by the Afghans. Returned 19.30 hours.

6th June 1919
The Detachment from Risalpur (2 officers, 120 other ranks) returned to Peshawar.

8th June 1919
The Thal Detachment left by train for Kohat and proceeded to Peshawar.

9th June 1919
The Detachment arrived Peshawar and bivouacked at the City Station.

10th June 1919
The Detachment proceeded to the Cholera Segregation Camp at Budni Bridge, returning to Headquarters on the 19th.

13th June 1919
Two pickets of 16 N.C.O.'s and men provided to form part of the cordon at night around the cantonment. Section taken over, Taikal Road to Jamrud Road.

21st June 1919
Fifteen officers and 282 other ranks proceeded at 01.30 hours to Bara, less 2 officers and 80 other ranks who preceded Headquarters at 20.00 hours on the 20th to picket the villages of Sarband and Pushta Khera during the night 20/21st, rejoining at Bara at 05.45 hours. The Battalion formed part of the force under Major-General Shepherd to clear the Kajauri Plain of raiders, who had been active at Peshawar, Kacha, Garhi, and Bara. Forty prisoners taken. Battalion left Bara at 11.30 hours, reaching Peshawar at 13.30 hours.

17th July 1919
The Armoured Train Detachment cancelled.

24th July 1919
Escort of 1 N.C.O. and 3 men provided for His Excellency and 26th the Commander-in-Chief during his visit to Dakka and the Peshawar area.

28th July 1919
Believed of the two pickets between Jamrud and Taikal Roads.
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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

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The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

10th & 14th August 1919
A guard of 1 officer and 54 other ranks provided for His Excellency the Viceroy during his visit to Dakka and the Peshawar area.

12th August 1919
Inspection of the Peshawar area troops by His Excellency the Viceroy.

23rd August 1919
Lieut. B. F. Chester appointed Adjutant vice Captain L. MacGlasson, resigned on transfer to Home Establishment. In addition to finding the Detachments for Thal, Risalpur, &c., the Battalion found the Infantry Detachment for Peshawar Fort, and a very large number of the garrison guards. At the commencement of the Afghan War, owing to the departure of the Regular Battalions, the Battalion had to find all the duties in the station, the men remaining on permanent guards from ten to fourteen days until relieved by battalions from other Divisions. Numerous escorts had also to be found to proceed to Dakka and Jamrud with the Northern Army Commander, Afghan Envoys, prisoners, ammunition, &c. The Battalion was from time to time under the command of Major G. H. Heelis whilst Lieut.-Colonel Halton, T.D., was employed as Commanding Peshawar Station, Administrative Commandant Peshawar, on the Lines of Communication, vice Brigadier-General Lane, and commanding Peshawar Divisional Area vice Brigadier-General L.Y. Campbell, C.M.G.

8th September 1919
Peace Treaty with Afghanistan signed.

13th September 1919
Six officers and 200 other ranks proceeded to Cherat.

20th September 1919
A draft of 27 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.

30th September 1919
Six officers and 200 other ranks returned to Peshawar from Cherat.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: 2/4th Border Regiment War Diary 1914-1919

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The following is from Diary of 2/4th Battalion The Border Regiment 1914-19, published by Chas. Thurnham and Sons of 11 English Street, Carlisle, 1920.

13th October 1919
A draft of 53 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.

19th October 1919
A draft of 77 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.

23rd October 1919
A draft of 4 officers and 104 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.

26th October 1919
A draft of 1 officer and 111 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.

7th November 1919
A draft of 3 officers and 69 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.

11th November 1919
The Battalion, consisting of 13 officers and 202 other ranks, left Peshawar for demobilisation, having been on the North-west Frontier for 3 years and 8 months without the loss of a single rifle or a round of ammunition. The band of the 2nd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry played the Battalion to the railway station.

15th November 1919
The Battalion embarked at Bombay on H.M.T. Friedrichsruh for England.

9th December 1919
The Battalion disembarked at Plymouth and proceeded to its various dispersal stations, with the exception of a Cadre of 3 officers and 7 other ranks, which entrained for Kendal. The Cadre was subsequently moved to the Infantry Drill Hall, Carlisle, and from there dispersed on the 31st January, 1920.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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