London Regiment War Diary
London Regiment (Queens Westminster Rifles)
war today. Much conversation with enemy between trenches.
The 107th Regiment opposite us.
Trenches strongly held. Their
men of good military age for the most part though few very young ones.
Seemed happy and healthy and well fed.
Some, however, were despondent and some said they were just outside
Paris having been brought up the line in closed railway carriages. They also believed the Germans were occupying London.
[c.f. letter written
by Pte. Morley I think he mentions guards and Buckingham Palace ? ]
Missing - 3
[The QWR are in trenches named ORDER HOUSES]
On the 6th the Battalion was relieved at night by the 2nd
Sherwood Ferrestors and went into billets at Popperinghe.
½ were in billets and ½
were in reserve.
whole Battalion went into support trenches.
½ company in Potjize ??? 2 ½ company in
x4, x5, Squad 8A [These
are, I think map references to places in the trenches.] ??
1 Platoon in S.Jean.
O.R. - 3 Wounded 2
[O.R. = Ordinary Rank]
Another day of the usual shelling
A certain amount of shelling all around in usual
??? in trenches.
Casualty 1 O.R.wounded
Enemy ?? shelling and heavy sniping at night.
At night battalion went into dug outs in canal ?bomb? with our
company in Potijze ??? defences.
Casualty 2 wounded
Canal bunch? At night
Casualty 1 O.R.
Casualty - 1
O.R. wounded. ??? at night into Wieltje trenches ??? the Yorks and ?? A8,
B9, 10. A company of E.Yorks
in 3, 9a.
Considerable shelling ?? trenches. Casualty O
Normal day with shelling.
At night Lt.Adams, with Lt. Agate and Rifleman Davidson went out on
patrol in front of A8 & B9. Found
no abandoned German trench. Lying
in shell hole they saw a German ?? which was bombed and sniped.
Casualty 3 killed, 4 wounded.
Battalion ?? E.Yorks went into billets at Popperinghe
The Battalion moved into camp B
Work on cleaning camp B
In camp B
Camp B cleaning up
Battalion went into Poitjze. Section
11 Essex taking on A6, 7 & 1st A + ORDER HOUSES and Warwick
Line. Headquarters in ?? and
dumps and shelled at night
Casualty 7 wounded O.R.
Fair amount of shelling all around. The parapets suffered and
written in pencil on very thin exercise book paper with blue lines and
margin line too. The last
page of the month had a tally of all men accounted for.
Only men of rank were mentioned by name except a few Riflemen (i.e.
Privates) for example going out on Patrols.
Officers Killed or wounded were mentioned by name.
The writing was not hurried, but I had trouble reading it, being
old fashioned. Some sketches
were included of the military ground. ]