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London Regiment War Diary

 

 

The Regimental War Diary

1/16th London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

1914

25th Dec       No 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 ? ]

                   Casualties- 0          Missing - 3

 

1915            [The QWR are in trenches named ORDER HOUSES]

6th Oct         On the 6th the Battalion was relieved at night by the 2nd Sherwood Ferrestors and went into billets at Popperinghe. 

7th Oct         In billets

8th Oct         ½ were in billets and  ½ were in reserve. 

11th Oct       The 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.

12th Oct       Killed O.R. - 3       Wounded – 2  [O.R. = Ordinary Rank]

13th Oct       Wounded – 1  O.R.

14th              Another day of the usual shelling

15th              A certain amount of shelling all around in usual   ??? in trenches.

                   Casualty – 1  O.R.wounded

16th              Enemy ?? shelling and heavy sniping at night.

17th              At night battalion went into dug outs in canal ?bomb? with our company in Potijze  ??? defences.

                   Casualty –2 wounded

18th              Casualty – O

19th              Canal bunch? At night

                   Casualty – 1  O.R.

20th              Casualty  -  1  O.R. wounded.  ??? at night into Wieltje trenches ??? the Yorks and ?? A8, B9, 10.  A company of E.Yorks in 3, 9a.

21st              Considerable shelling ?? trenches.       Casualty – O  Normal day with shelling.

22nd             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.

23rd              Battalion ?? E.Yorks went into billets at Popperinghe

24th              4 wounded

25th              The Battalion moved into camp B

26th              Work on cleaning camp B

27th              In camp B

28th              Camp B cleaning up

29th              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.

30th              Fair amount of shelling all around. The parapets suffered and snipers.

                   Casualty – O

 [All 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. ]

 

 

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