WAR DIARY

1/8th (ARDWICK) BATTALION MANCHESTER REGIMENT

AUGUST 1917


AUGUST 1 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Rain interrupted training. O.C. Coys. lectured N.C.O.s & men. MAJOR LINGS lectured the officers. Capt. HORSFALL returned from Company Commanders Course. Posted to D Company to Command.

AUGUST 2 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training again interrupted by rain. Lectures continued as yesterday.
Capt. WALLWORK rejoined the Unit from U.K. Posted to A Coy. as 2nd in Command.

AUGUST 3 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
On account of the rain the Church Service held in Divisional Theatre.

AUGUST 4 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training continued according to weekly programme. All men in the Battalion bathed at the Town Baths.

AUGUST 5 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training Continued. Battalion Tactical Scheme in the morning.
A draft of 24 O.R. arrived. Most of these men had already had 12 months Active Service in FRANCE before.

AUGUST 6 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training continued.

AUGUST 7 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Field Firing range allotted to this Unit - A Coy. in the morning, B afternoon. Orders issued for Brigade Scheme on 9th inst.

AUGUST 8 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training in morning, afternoon a half holiday.

AUGUST 9 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Brigade Scheme which was very successful.

AUGUST 10 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Church Service in Divisional Theatre. Heavy rain all day.

AUGUST 11 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Battn. training as usual.

AUGUST 12 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Training as usual.

AUGUST 13 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Bn. training.

AUGUST 14 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Battn. Training.

AUGUST 15 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Battn. Training continued.

AUGUST 16 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Battn. Training as usual in morning. Half holiday in afternoon. Heavy rain.

AUGUST 17 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Battn. Training in (?)ceremonial(?) in morning and Church Service in the Crater. Half holiday.

AUGUST 18 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Draft arrived of 19 O.R. All but two with previous active service (?)experience(?) and all with at least a year service. Corps Horse Show at BIHUCOURT.
Perliminary move orders arrived.

AUGUST 19 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Brigade Scheme at GOMMECOURT.

AUGUST 20 1917 - ACHIET-LE-PETIT
Advance parties left for HOPOUTRE and all baggage loaded at night.

AUGUST 21 1917 - AVELUY
The Bn. as part of 127th Bge. moved by road to huts at AVELUY arriving there about 2 pm. Afternoon Spent in (?)rest(?) and bathing.

AUGUST 22 1917 - AVELUY
Battn. remained at AVELUY. Short parade and bathing in the morning. Heavy baggage loaded at Station.

AUGUST 23 1917 - AVELUY
Battn. moved off from huts at 12.30 am and entrained at AVELUY less D Coy. who remained behind as loading party and rear party. They left AVELUY at 2 pm. Bn. arrived at HOPOUTRE (siding for POPERINGHE) at 2.30 pm and moved into camp just outside town. Division now part of V Corps, Fifth Army. Strict orders re lights owing to hostile aircraft bombing district.

AUGUST 24 1917 - POPERINGHE
D coy. arrived in camp at 4 am. Short parade in morning.

AUGUST 25 1917 - POPERINGHE
Battalion training in attack on strong points, etc. Coys. reorganised in the (?)three(?) strong platoon formation. Lt. Col. CROSS and reconnoitring party (?)when(?) up line for two days attachment to 15th Division.

AUGUST 26 1917 - POPERINGHE
Company training continued. Heavy rain most of the day.

AUGUST 27 1917 - POPERINGHE
Training continued particular stress being put on the training of platoons to deal with Strong posts, pillar boxes, etc. Rained most of the day. Party returned back from the line.
Capt. T. OWENS admitted to hospital from VI Corps, L.G. school.

AUGUST 28 1917 - POPERINGHE
Training continued. Lecture given in the afternoon to officers at WATTON on the recent fighting on the XIX Corps front by Brig. Gen. WHITE.

AUGUST 29 1917 - POPERINGHE
Training continued. Orders received for moving up Line. Rain most of the day.

AUGUST 30 1917 - POPERINGHE
Training continued. 2nd Lt. SMITH went on as Camp Commandant of ERIE and ST. LAWERENCE Camps. Various guards (?)taken(?) over from 15th Division in new area.

AUGUST 31 1917 - POPERINGHE
Bn. march off at 6.15 am as part of the 127th Bge. and marched via Switch road N. of POPERINGHE main YPRES road at G11 a (?)96(?) to ERIE camp. Camp taken over from 6th Camerons H. 2nd Lt. FRANKENBURG appointed Brigade (?)bombing(?) Officer.
Hostile Aircraft over camp about 9 pm.

 

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