WAR DIARY

1/8th (ARDWICK) BATTALION MANCHESTER REGIMENT

JUNE 1917


JUNE 1 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
12.30 am. In order to ascertain definitely extent of enemy's works two fighting patrols B and C were sent out as part of a Bde. Scheme.
B Patrol consisted of 2 Lt. S. FRANKENBURG and 28 O.R. and their objective was to report on the enemy's work at Copse K33 b65.00 and on light railway in vicinity. After dispersing 3 enemy parties, two by rifle fire and one by bayonet, the patrol was eventually held up by a party of superior numbers at K33 d3.5 and to the approach of dawn the party had to return without reaching its objective. C Patrol consisted of 2 Lt. F.J. MATTHEWS and 25 O.R. Objective enemy's work at K33 central and on light railway in vicinity. After dispersing an enemy party killing one and capturing one, the patrol was held up about K33 c88 - K33 a64 but (sic) a larger party of Germans and were compelled to return without reaching objective. The Prisoner belonged to the 18 Division.
10.00 pm. Enemy (?unknown?) shelled position causing very slight damage to trenches and wounding 4 O.R. A few lachrymatory shells were included and (?)suspected(?) (?unknown?) (?)gas(?) shell.
12.05 am. During the night an Officer's patrol went again to reconnoitre light railway K33 a91 & K33 a7.5. Enemy patrols were (?)encountered(?) until position K33 c38 was reached when the patrol (?unknown?) large working parties to their front. The Patrol was unable to reach its objective.

JUNE 2 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
(?)Position(?) again shellled by enemy but few hits (?)obtained(?).
During the night two fighting patrols were sent out to cover a working party constructing a communications trench to a post at K33 a.70. (?)Our(?) covering party came under heavy rifle and M.G. fire (?)suffering(?) 2 O.R. missing and 1 wounded.

JUNE 3 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Enemy displayed less artillery activity today.
10.00 pm. Bn. relieved by 1/5 Bn. and came into Bde. Reserve two platoons providing minimum garrison of Intermediate line, Posts C1 and C2.

JUNE 4 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Bn. resting.

JUNE 5 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Working by night on trenches and communication trenches.

JUNE 6 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Ditto on Reserve Line - Q3 a23 & Q3 a34.

JUNE 7 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Rest.

JUNE 8 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
The Bn. employed by night to establish (as part of Bde. Scheme) a line from road K33 c43 inclusive to K32 d78 and wiring some with barbed wire previously made into coils as FRENCH WIRE System.

JUNE 9 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Work on new line continued as last night.
A patrol of 1 N.C.O. and 3 O.R. was sent out to endeavour to reconnoitre HAVRINCOURT. Much enemy movement was observed and enemy parties encountered and the patrol was unable to get into HAVRINCOURT.

JUNE 10 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Work on consolidating and improving new line and communications (?unknown?) was continued. An Officer's Patrol heard enemy working parties about K33 d central.

JUNE 11 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
Work on new line and communication trench.

JUNE 12 1917 - BDE. RESERVE HAVRINCOURT WOOD
10.00 pm. Bn. took over right half of new Bde. Line relieving portions of each of the other Bde. Bns. Two Coys. garrisoned front line including posts in New Line. One Coy. in Support and one Coy. in Reserve Line.

JUNE 13 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Work continued on improving occupied positions.
11.00 pm. Enemy put barrage over this Unit's area causing no damage.

JUNE 14 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Patrolling as usual. Work on occupied positions and Communication Trench K32 b07 - K33 c06. Situation quiet, chief activity (enemy) were TRENCH MORTARS.

JUNE 15 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Situation generally quiet. Enemy T.M. (medium and heavy) again shelled front lines, one direct hit.
Patrols encountered covering parties to enemy works.
Work as usual.

JUNE 16 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Enemy T.M. again chief activity. No damage done.
Work and patrols as usual.

JUNE 17 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Very quiet day. Work and patrolling as usual.

JUNE 18 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
4.00 am - 7.30 am and 9.00 am - 10.00 am. Enemy shelled area between Q2 a54 and Q1 b8.6 with about 200 shells. Only one hit, no casualties.
Work on new front line. Patrolling as usual.

JUNE 19 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Very quiet day. Work and patrolling at night as usual.

JUNE 20 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Quiet day and wet.
Relieved by 1.6 Bn. and took over garrison on Intermediate Line - Posts C2, C3 & C4 and BROWN LINE. Work at night as usual. Casualties 4 Killed 4 Wounded.

JUNE 21 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Rest.
Work at night under R.E.
Capt. C.G. MOORE assumed the duties of Adjutant vice Capt. E. HORSFALL M.C. who relinquished the appointment at his own request.

JUNE 22 1917 - JUNE 23 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
[Image too blurred to transcribe properly - Battalion was in Intermediate Line and was supplying working parties under R.E. supervision, as well as one company working on HENLEY LANE. There was some shelling and casualties on both days.]

JUNE 24 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
In Intermediate line. Quiet day. Usual working parties for R.E. (?)Remainder(?) worked on HENLEY LANE.

JUNE 25 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
In Intermediate line. Desultory shelling. (?)Most(?) working parties (?)all(?) to improve on HENLEY LANE.

JUNE 26 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
In Intermediate line. Quiet day. Work as usual.

JUNE 27 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
In Intermediate line. Quiet day. Work (?)progresses(?) as usual.

JUNE 28 1917 - [INTERMEDIATE LINE HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
In Intermediate line, quiet day. At 11.30 pm relief by 6th Manchesters commenced. We moved up into right section of Brigade front, B in right subsection of firing line, C in left subsection, D coy. in support. A in reserve.

JUNE 29 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
Relief complete at 1.30 am. Work was carried on as far as possible. Trenches in a very bad state owing to rain. Work on NEW firing line carried on at night.

JUNE 30 1917 - [HAVRINCOURT WOOD]
A very quiet day. Very little hostile shelling. Work was continued on front line at night.


Casualties (from above listings, are incomplete due to inability to transcribe June 22nd and June 23rd):
4 O.R. Killed, 9 O.R Wounded, 2 O.R. Missing.

 

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