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as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


GU1LLEMONT.

14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

          6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

          up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

          to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

          Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

          over Command of A Coy.

DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

           objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

           and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

           A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

           Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

           7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

           between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

           gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

           about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

           Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

           8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

           The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

           support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

           9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

           Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

           trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

           1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

            efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

            Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

            6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

            North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

            was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

            the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals.

            Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.


16th.    All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

              at Day break.

              7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Infantry Brigade 

             would relieve us toight,

             12 m.n. there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect

 

DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH

17th.   Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to

             MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a

             well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable

             there being very little cover.

18th.    Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go

              back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut

              F. J.Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade

             will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.

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as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


GU1LLEMONT.

14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

          6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

          up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

          to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

          Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

          over Command of A Coy.

DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

           objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

           and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

           A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

           Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

           7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

           between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

           gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

           about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

           Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

           8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

           The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

           support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

           9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

           Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

           trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

           1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

            efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

            Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

            6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

            North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

            was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

            the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals.

            Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.


16th.    All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

              at Day break.

              7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Infantry Brigade 

             would relieve us toight,

             12 m.n. there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect

 

DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH

17th.   Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to

             MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a

             well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable

             there being very little cover.

18th.    Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go

              back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut

              F. J.Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade

             will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


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  • November 2, 2018 15:36:12 Sara Fresi

           

    as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

              6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

              up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

              to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

              Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

              over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

               objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

               and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

               A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

               Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

               7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

               between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

               gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

               about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

               Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

               8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

               The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

               support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

               9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

               Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

               trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

               1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

                efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

                Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

                6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

                North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

                was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

                the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals.

                Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.


    16th.    All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

                  at Day break.

                  7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Infantry Brigade 

                 would relieve us toight,

                 12 m.n. there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect

     

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH

    17th.   Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to

                 MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a

                 well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable

                 there being very little cover.

    18th.    Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go

                  back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut

                  F. J.Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade

                 will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 2, 2018 15:36:06 Sara Fresi
  • November 1, 2018 11:16:44 Gregoria Evripidou

             as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

              6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

              up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

              to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

              Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

              over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

               objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

               and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

               A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

               Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

               7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

               between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

               gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

               about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

               Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

               8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

               The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

               support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

               9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

               Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

               trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

               1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

                efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

                Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

                6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

                North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

                was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

                the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals.

                Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.


    16th.    All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

                  at Day break.

                  7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Infantry Brigade 

                 would relieve us toight,

                 12 m.n. there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect


    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH

    17th.   Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to

                 MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a

                 well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable

                 there being very little cover.

    18th.    Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go

                  back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut

                  F. J.Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade

                 will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 1, 2018 11:10:58 Gregoria Evripidou

             as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

              6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

              up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

              to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

              Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

              over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

               objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

               and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

               A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

               Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

               7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

               between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

               gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

               about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

               Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

               8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

               The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

               support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

               9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

               Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

               trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

               1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

                efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

                Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

                6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

                North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

                was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

                the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals.

                Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.


    16th.    All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

                  at Day break.

                  7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Brigade in an attack timed to

                  take place at 730 p.m. last night These were cancelled later.

    1. p.m. Orders received from Brigade stating that the 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt. 18 Infantry Brigade

    12 m.n.there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect DUGOUT T.20JB.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH.

    17th. Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable there being very little cover.

    18th. Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut F J .Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 1, 2018 11:07:03 Gregoria Evripidou

             as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

              6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

              up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn

              to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

              Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

              over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st

               objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

               and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

               A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

               Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

               7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

               between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

               gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

               about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

               Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

               8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

               The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

               support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

               9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

               Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

               trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

               1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

                efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

                Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

    6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals. Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport

    16th. All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especaiOy at Day break.

    7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Brigade in an attack timed to take place at 730 p.m. last night These were cancelled later.

    1. p.m. Ordeis received from Brigade stating that the 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt 18 Infantry Brigade would relieve us tonight,

    12 m.n.there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect DUGOUT T.20JB.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH.

    17th. Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable there being very little cover.

    18th. Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut F J .Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 1, 2018 11:01:24 Gregoria Evripidou

             as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to             continue the line to the left.


    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th. All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head                                         Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The                                 Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O. to                                     come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for                                    Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

              6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved

              up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden- A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support

    7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front We had not gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

    8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire. 9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded 1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left All efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

    6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals. Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport

    16th. All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especaiOy at Day break.

    7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Brigade in an attack timed to take place at 730 p.m. last night These were cancelled later.

    1. p.m. Ordeis received from Brigade stating that the 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt 18 Infantry Brigade would relieve us tonight,

    12 m.n.there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect DUGOUT T.20JB.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH.

    17th. Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable there being very little cover.

    18th. Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut F J .Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 1, 2018 10:53:35 Gregoria Evripidou

                as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to               

               continue the line to the left

    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th.   All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head

                Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The             

                Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O.

                 to  come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for     

                 Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

                6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved 

                up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn   

                to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw

               Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took

              over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st   

                objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured

                and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden-

                A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front.

                Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support.

                7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards

                between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front. We had not

                gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of

                about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn

                Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

                8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right.

                The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any

                support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire.

               9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from

              Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported

              trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded.

              1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left. All

              efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from

             Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

             6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a

             North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack

             was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards

             the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals. Sent a

             wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport.

    16th. All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especailly

               at Day break.

               7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Brigade in an attack timed to

               take place at 730 p.m. last night These were cancelled later.

               9. p.m. Orders received from Brigade stating that the 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt 18 Infantry Brigade

               would relieve us tonight,

              12 m.n.there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect


    DUGOUT T.20JB.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH.

    17th.  Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to

                MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a

                well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable

                there being very little cover.


    18th.   Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go

                 back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut

                 F J .Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade

                 will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


  • November 1, 2018 10:41:50 Gregoria Evripidou

                as possible taking in the remaining men of "D" Company. "Β" and "C" Companies were also ordered up to               

               continue the line to the left

    GU1LLEMONT.

    14th.   All fairly quiet last night On account of Enemy Machine Guns commanding the approaches to Bn Head

                Quarters Dugout, H.Q. reired about 200 yards and took up a position in a trench at about T.20.A.10.6. The             

                Brigadier sent for the C.O. to go to Brigade for a conference and arranged for Major E.R. Street D.S.O.

                 to  come up from the Transport line and take over command of the Battalion for the time being. Except for     

                 Machine Gun fire all fairly quiet during the day.

                6 p.m. The C.O. having returned Major Street rejoined the Transport line. 8.45.pjn. Battn. H.Q. again moved            up to the German Dugout under the Railway. Operation orders were received from the Brigade for the Battn                  to Support the 1st Leicestershire Regt in an attack tomorrow morning at 6.20 am. 9.15 p.m. The C.O. saw Company Commanders and gave verbal orders to them. Lt Taylor came up from the Transport line and took over Command of A Coy.

    DUGOUT T.20.B.2.8.

    15th. 6.20 am. All fairly quiet last night 1st Leicestershire Regt passed through the Battalion to attack their 1st objective. The Battn. got into position in attack formation ready to advance and take over positions captured and vacated by 1 st Leicestershires 1 hour and 30 minutes after their 1 st advance, in the following orden- A Company with remainder of D Company in front line and a Two Platoon in front Β and C Companies each two platoons strong on a one Platoon front in Support

    7.30 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to where Battn were formed up. 7.50 am. Battn advanced 150 yards between Companies and immediately came under heavy Machine Gun fire from our right front We had not gone far before we heard the Leicesters were held up by M.G. fire and unable to get on. After an advance of about 500 yards we found the Leicesters about 150 yards in front of us so dug in in rear of them. 8 am. Battn Head Quarters moved up to a SheD hole immediately in rear of the Battn.

    8.15 am. Orders were sent to O.C. "A" Company to tiy and get in touch with the 9th Sufifolks on our right The Battn dug in in shell holes. 8.28 am. C.O. went up to O.C. Leicesters and asked if he required any support from us. No support was required. Both Battalions have suffered heavily, mostly from M.G. fire. 9.30 am. A Patrol was sent out from "A" Company to reconnoitre German trench running N. from Quadrilatral in front of Leicesters where men in our helmets could be seen on our left front Patrols reported trench held by the Boche and heavily wired. N.C.O. i/c Patrol killed and 2 men wounded 1.30 p.m. Two Platoons of "A" Company were sent forward to get in touch with the Guards on our left All efforts to get in touch with 9th Suffolks on our right were unuccessfilL 5.40 p.m. Orders were received from Brigade to dig in and remain where we are.

    6.20 p.m. About 200 of the enemy were seen coming over the rise West of LESGOEUF, advancing in a North Westerly direction. We opened fire at 1,400 yards which seemed to be effective, this counter attack was broken up by the Guards on our left 7 p.m. A large number of the enemy were seen advancing towards the Guards from LESBOEUF. 10 p.m. The Battn were heavily shelled during the day at short intervals. Sent a wire to Brigade asking for Major Street and Lt Mellor to join from Transport

    16th. All fairly quiet last night and very cold. At several periods during the day we were heavily shelled especaiOy at Day break.

    7.17 am. received orders from Brigade for our Battn to co-operate with the 18th Brigade in an attack timed to take place at 730 p.m. last night These were cancelled later.

    1. p.m. Ordeis received from Brigade stating that the 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt 18 Infantry Brigade would relieve us tonight,

    12 m.n.there being no signs of relief sent a wire to Brigade to that effect DUGOUT T.20JB.2.8. - MALTZ HORN FARM TRENCH.

    17th. Received orders from Brigade to vacate the portion of the line held by us immediately and proceed to MALTZ HORN FARM trenches where we arrived about 5.30 am. After having breakfast the Battn had a well deserved rest and sleep. Commenced to rain during the afternoon which made things uncomfortable there being very little cover.

    18th. Still raining, plenty of mud, and everybody most miserable. Orders received for 1 Officer and 30 O.R*s to go back to the position vacated by us to collect wounded and salvage Machine and Lewis guns etc. Lieut F J .Mellor wounded and 1 man killed by SheD fire with this party. 730 p.m. Received orders that the Brigade will march to VELLE-SUR-ANCRE tomorrow leaving here 10. am.


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