War diary transcript June 1918- composite Bns. & end of 8th

War diary transcript June 1918- composite Bns. & end of 8th

Postby plbramham » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:31 am

War diary transcript for 8th Bn The Border Regiment June 1918

NAPPES

1st June
4.30AM- Orders were received from Bde to move to South West corner of BOIS DE EDLISSE and await further orders. The Bn with other details of the 25t Division then became 19th Divisional reserve.
4PM- Order were received that a Composite Battalion would be formed. This Battalion was called the 1/25 Divisional Composite Battalion and commanded by Major TRAIL of the 1st Bn Worcestershire Regt. The 8th Border Regt had to supply 4 Officers and all other ranks (104). The following officers were detailed: Lt C.A.SCOTT, Lt.V.BLOOMFIELD, 2nd Lt J.D.DEAS, 2nd Lt R.SCOTT.
One Coy was formed and called No 2 Coy (Border Co.)
6PM – The Border Co proceeded to BOIS DE COURTON where it remained until 9pm
9PM- During this time the wood came under heavy hostile fire inflicting five casualties.[CWGC lists three 8th Border deaths on 1-2 June: STABLES, A B.Private 34753.MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY. McCANN, J.Corporal 23452.SEZANNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. PERRIN, ERNEST ALFRED Private. 29563. Age: 21. RETHEL FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY.Son of Mrs. E. A. Perrin, of 55, Melbourne Rd., East Ham, Essex ] The Company was then moved to BOIS-De ECLISSE where it remained with the Bn in reserve.
2nd – 10AM The Company in conjunction with the remainder of the Bn took up a position in support to the French, the Border Company holding a front of 250 yds. 500 yds S of CHANTEREINE Fm. The remainder of the day was quiet.
3rd- With the exception of slight shelling during the day nothing important happened. In accordance with orders from 74 Bde. 2nd Lt J.D. DEAS went to 2/25 Divisional Composite Battalion. 9PM. The Battalion took up a position in depth holding the front of CHANTEREINE Fm. (Southern corner of BIS DE EDLISSE) the Border Company being in Close support.
4th- Remained in same position
5th- do. 2 patrols were sent out
6th -3.15 AM The Enemy put down a heavy barrage of HE and Gas on the right of our position, which was followed by an attack. The attack was successfully repulsed. Casualties (5 wounded) were inflicted on the Border Cos.
7th- Same position. The day was very quiet.
8th- Same position. The day was very quiet.
9th-10.30 PM The Battalion was relieved by 1/8 Divisional Composite Bn and went on completion on relief into reserve in the BOIS DE COURTON.
10th & 11th- Resting
12 & 13th -During the 12th & 13th the Border Company found a working party of 1 NCO and 20 men daily.
14th- 9.30PM. The BN. moved up to the front line and relieved the 2/25 Divisional Composite Bn the Border Company taking over the front line from CHANTEREINE Fm. To a point 300 yds west of the L in BOIS De ECLISSE.
15-17th- Holding the line
NAPPES, GERMAINE
18th- 1.30AM The Composite Bn was relieved by the 52nd Bn ALPE Regt (Italians) and on relief marched to GERMAINE arriving there at 12.30pm. 3pm The Border Company entrained and arrived at FERE CHAMPENOISE at 7.30pm. From here they were conveyed in lorries to ST LOUP and rejoined the remainder of the 8th Border Regt.
ST LOUP
19th- Cleaning up, Bathing & c.
20th- In accordance with instructions received from Bde The Bn. detailed 12 officers and 306 other ranks to form with the remainder of the 9th Loyal North Lancs, No 2 Bn of the 50th Divisional Composite Brigade. Two Coys were organised and on Completion were handed over to O.C.9th Loyal North Lancs.
21st & 22nd - Awaiting instructions.
CONNANTRAY
23rd –The remaining details of the Bn ( 16 Officers and 86 other ranks) marched to CONNANTRAY arriving there at 4pm
HAUSSIMONT
24th – Marched to HAUSSIMONT Arriving in at 1pm.
25th- 11pm. At 11pm the Bn, along with details of 75 Bde marched to the station at SOMMESOUS, where they entrained.
SOMMESOUS
26th- 3.30 AM . Left the Station at 3.30 AM. The train halted at 11.30AM at MONTEREUX for 45 minutes.
HESDIN
27th- Travelling. Another halt was made at US-MARINES. The train arrived at HESDIN at 1pm where the Bn detrained and after tea marched to billets at EMERY arriving there at 9pm.
EMERY
28th- Cleaning up
29th- The Staff of 25th Division left for England leaving the bn along with other details of the Division to await instructions from G.H.Q.
30th- Church Parade

Casualties during month:
Officers: killed 2nd Lt H.G.MACHELL [MACHELL, H G. 2nd Lt 12/06/1918 Age: 30. ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN.Son of Hugh and Helena Machell, of 69, Grosvenor St., Marylebone, London ]
Other ranks: wounded 15

Honours & Awards
2nd Bar to MC: Lt R.Strong
Military Cross: Capt A.J.BENTLEY, Lt J.F.DUGGAN DCM, Lt F.L.WILLIAMS,2/Lt F.W.DARVELL. Capt M.TURNBULL
DCM: CSM J.M.J GENT
Bar to MM: 10085 Pte ROBERTS, E.
Military Medal: 13513 Pte. BELL J., 260155 Pte. GELLING W.,13548 Pte. HERD J., 25420 Cpl O’CONNELL J., 33468 L/C WILKIE R., 25618 L/C TATTERSALL J. , 9100 Pte. DIXON R., 33265 Pte. VAUGHAN H., 27963 Pte. BELL (DCM) T., 23913 Cpl ROBINSON (DC) W.
MSM: 5793 RQMS KNIGHT J., 5526 Sgt WALKER J.
Mentioned in Despatches: 14869 Sgt BERRY J.

J.M. de la PERRELLE Lt Col Comdg 8th Bn The Border Regiment
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Re: War diary transcript June 1918- composite Bns. & end of

Postby kerchi » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:36 pm

Paul,

Thanks for passing on all the transcripts of the 8th's war diary for the wiki, appreciate it very much :-)

I can't believe how quickly you transcribed the entire war diary, quite an amazing feat.

I salute you!
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Re: War diary transcript June 1918- composite Bns. & end of

Postby kerchi » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:39 pm

When I have added the the remaining transcripts to the wiki I will make a start on transcribing some of the trench raid documents you photoshopped. That will keep me busy for a little while.
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