1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby Muchtodo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:39 pm

Good afternoon,

Does anyone have the movements and actions for the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment from 1 Oct 1918 until the cessation of Hostilities please? If not, would someone kindly let me know where I can get hold of these please.

My gt grandfather Samuel Sidebotham (Pte, 38926) transferred into this unit, from the 8th Battalion, on 2 Oct 1918 and spent the rest of the War with them.

Thanks,

Jarrod.
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby plbramham » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:37 pm

Hello Jarrod, The full handwritten original 1st Btn War Diary from Feb 1918 to April 1919 is available to download as a PDF from the National archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline .
The Catalogue ref no is WO/95/2305 and I think they charge about £3.50- £4.50 for the download.
You should find everything in there,
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby Muchtodo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:13 pm

Thanks a lot Paul!
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby kerchi » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:50 pm

I had transcripts of the 1st Battalion war diary on the wiki but not for the period you are after. I have 1915, 1916 and some of 1917.

I am glad the NA decided to make available the whole thing as a download instead of a month at a time for £3.50 a pop. I wanted the 11th Battalion war diary and that wasn't available. A Border Regiment enthusiast (whom unfortunately we haven't heard from in a long time) managed to get the NA to scan the whole diary for a fee of £560 (I think); he very generously donated the whole diary to me.

Col. Wylly's book The Border Regiment in the Great War has the actions of all battalions and he used the war diaries to write it. You might find that interesting to read if you get a copy. They are reasonably priced.

Anyway, I hope you find something in the war diary you are looking for.
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby Muchtodo » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:56 am

Chris,

Many thanks, I see where I need to go next. I have the a unrelated question that you may be able to help with please.

We have two Military History Sheets for Samuel Sidebotham, showing in which Theatres he served and the dates for this service. Now these contradict each other! How and why could this happen?

Thanks again,

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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby plbramham » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:39 am

Chris,
Documents ordered from The National Archives are only available to read online for a month, but during that period you can save the downloaded PDF onto your system or a disc, hence you can keep whole file for future reference, rather than just printing off a few hard copy pages relevant to your research at that time, Paul.
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby kerchi » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:48 pm

plbramham wrote:Chris,
Documents ordered from The National Archives are only available to read online for a month, but during that period you can save the downloaded PDF onto your system or a disc, hence you can keep whole file for future reference, rather than just printing off a few hard copy pages relevant to your research at that time, Paul.

This I already know, although I haven't personally used the NA for a long time.

I think there might have been a misunderstanding with regards to my previous post. When I used the NA to download war diaries, they only had one month worth of war diary available per download; if I wanted to download a whole year I would have to download 12 separate months worth of diary at £3.50 each. Getting the entire war diary today in just one download is a heck of a lot cheaper (that is of course they have the one you want already digitised).
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby kerchi » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:51 pm

Muchtodo wrote:We have two Military History Sheets for Samuel Sidebotham, showing in which Theatres he served and the dates for this service. Now these contradict each other! How and why could this happen?

Which parts are a contradiction? Are they different Military History sheets or is one a continuation of the other with updated information?
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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby Muchtodo » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:52 am

Chris,

The dates and locations are different. Am I able to attach these records to posts on the Forum?

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Re: 1st Bn War Diary - Oct 1918 - Feb 1919

Postby kerchi » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:20 am

Yes, you can, by using the 'upload attachment' tab under the text editor window. If you can, make sure the resolution is quite high so it easier to read.
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