|War Diary of the 1/5th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1915source:Public Record Office (|
Battn disembarked HAVRE from ENGLAND 23.3.15
143rd Inf. Bde 48th Div.
ARMENTIERES 1 Battalion marched from BAILLEUL into billets at ARMENTIERES and attached to
19th Infantry Brigade for instruction in trench warfare.
BAILLEUL 6 Battalion marched from ARMENTIERES back into billets at BAILLEUL
DOUVE TRENCHES 12 Battalion marched from BAILLEUL and took over DOUVE trenches
casualties – one man wounded
13 casualties – one man killed
- one man died of wounds received same day
14 casualties – two men slightly wounded
15 casualties – two men wounded
16 casualties – three men killed, two men wounded
on being relieved in DOUVE trenches the battalion marched into hutments near NEUVE ECLISE in divisional reserve.
NEUVE EGLISE 20 Battalion marched from Hutments and took over DOUVE trenches
casualty – one man wounded
DOUVE TRENCHES 22 casualties – one man killed, two men wounded
24 Battalion marched into billets at PETIT PONT 63
PETIT PONT 28 Battalion took over DOUVE trenches
casualty – one man wounded “at duty”
DOUVE TRENCHES 30 casualty – one man wounded
Capt and Adjt C E DAVIES
TRENCHES 1 casualties – 4 men killed, 8 men wounded
2 Battalion marched to hutments at JONESVILLE
HUTMENTS 5 digging parties
casualty – one man wounded
TRENCHES 61-65 7 casualty – one man killed
8 casualty – two men wounded
Capt J A Seymour wounded
2Lt D L Owen accidentally wounded
9 casualties – 7 men killed, 18 men wounded
11 casualty – one man wounded
12 Battalion marched into billets at PETIT PONT point 63
PETIT PONT 13 digging parties
casualties – two men killed
2Lt W A P Watson went to hospital as a result of being thrown from his horse
14 digging parties
casualty – one man wounded
15 digging parties – L’CC Riddell went to hospital for an operation
Capt and Adj C E DAVIES went into hospital
Capt C RETALACK appointed adjutant VICE Capt. C E DAVIES
16 Major D W F PAULI T D returned to ENGLAND
16 Battalion returned to trenches
one man wounded
18 one man accidentally wounded
19 one man wounded
20 one man wounded and one man accidentally wounded
Battalion marched to JONESVILLE
JONESVILLE 21 digging party
22 digging party
23 digging parties
24 Battalion returned to trenches – one man wounded
TRENCHES 61-65 25 one man wounded
26 one man killed and one wounded
27 one man wounded
28 Battalion marched to COURT DREVE
COURT DREVE 29 digging parties
30 digging parties
31 digging parties
The weather during May has been fine except the week beginning May 9th – the later 3 weeks have been very hot.
Battalion strength on May 31st
Other ranks 889
Charles Retallack capt and adj.
COURT DREVE 1 Battn returned to trenches
MAJOR GENERAL R FANSHAWE assumed command of the Division
TRENCHES 61-65 2 CAPTAIN J H FRANCIS killed – one man wounded
3 2/LIEUT R W L EDGINGTON killed – one man wounded
4 one man killed
5 one man wounded
Battalion marched into huts at JONESVILLE
JONESVILLE 6 digging parties
7 Battalion marched into COURT DREVE
Capt J R M MINSULL for RORAL WELSH FUSILIERS assumed duties of B___ Major
one man accidentally wounded
COURL DREVE 8 digging parties
9 Battalion went into trenches taking into a new line
5 new trenches being taken in the night on the old line
and 2 trenches given up on the left
36-40, 61-63 10 The following officers have arrived from ENGLAND and taken on strength of the Battn.
CAPT K JENNENS 2 LIEUT A F ADKIN
2 LIEUT R W AREND MAJOR W H FRANKLIN
1st NEWFOUNDLANDERS REGT to be Sen Major
11 one man wounded
Battalion marched into Billets at ROMARIN
14 Battalion (in Divisional Reserve) turned out at 3.5 am for an alarm occasioned by the explosion of a min but the situation dealt with by the garrison in the trench. The Batt was inspired in the afternoon by GOC Division.
15 Battalion took over the line of trenches between FRELINGHIEN and PLOEGSTREERT No. 1-19
TRENCHES 1-19 16 a company of 7 Norfolks in our trenches for instruction throughout our tour
17 three men wounded – one man died of his wound
The following day – on night of 17/18 an effort to take a prisoner in accordance with 3rd Army Corps order was made by a party under 2nd Liet H W L GROOM who patrolled with a ___ party – no prisoner was taken but the party threw bombs when they encountered enemy – retired when forced to do so by superior fire in numbers of enemy, having penetrated nearly as far as enemy trenches.
18 Two men wounded 2 Lt GROOM made another sortie on night of 18/19 but no Germans were to be found in front of their line.
19 Two men wounded – Battn went into Brigade Reserve with HQ at The Convent PLOEGSTEERT
PLOEGSTEERT 20 )
21 ) Drill and working parties
23 Battn returned to trenches 1-19 one man wounded
25 Two men wounded – one man died 26.6.15 of his wounds
BALLEUL 26 Batt left trenches at 12.30am and marched to BAILLEUL – inspection by Liet General Sir W P Pulteney KCB DSO commanding 3rd Corps – Battn marched to VIEUX BERQUIN
VIEUX BERQUIN 27 Battn marched to HAM EN ARTOIS
2nd Lts E HOLT and W E WALSH arrived from ENGLAND
and taken on strength of Battalion
HAM EN ARTOIS 28 Battn marched to AUCHEL and goes into CORPS reserve
Weather during June has been fine and hot. Battn strength on June 30th
Officers 25 Other Ranks 886
AUCHEL 1 Battn in Corps Reserve
3 Battn inspected by General Sir Douglas Haig Commander First Army
8 Battn inspected by Earl Kitchener
11 Lt Col G.C.SLADEN (The Rifle Brigade) took over command of the Battn
12 Battn marched to Bivouacs at HOUCHIN
HOUCHIN 16 Battn returned to AUCHEL
AUCHEL 18 Battn marched to Bivouacs at BEAUQUESNE
BEAUQUESNE 21 Battn marched to COURCELLES and went into Brigade Reserve 143rd Inf Bde
took over trenches at BEAUQUESNE
COURCELLES 25 Battn marched to trenches and took over line as in Operations Order 2
26 Three men killed and seven men wounded.
27 Three men wounded
28 LIEUT P E ROBINSON and 2/LT W J BUCK arrived
from HAVRE and taken on strength of Battn
29 One man accidentally wounded.
30 Battalion marched into billets at BAYENCOURT
31 Battalion remained in billets at BAYENCOURT
Strength of Battn on July 31 1915
O R 828
Charles Retallack, Capt and adjt
|Operation Orders No 2|
Operation Orders No 2
July 25th 1915
1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiments
The 1/5th Battn will take over the right section of the Trenches at HEBUTERNE now occupied by the 1/6th Battn to night.
A+B Coys will be in the front line Trenches.
A. Coy. on the right, B coy on the left.
C. Coy will be in support of the NEW TRENCH and
D. Coy in reserve at ROLAND and DUGUESCLIN
Battalion HQ will be at ROLAND
Dressing Station is in DUGUESCLIN near RANDON
signed : Charles Retallack
Capt and Adjt. 1/5th R. War. R.
issued at ___ p.m July 25th 1915
Copies (1) A Coy (2) B Coy (3) C Coy (4) D Coy (5) War Diary (6) War Diary (7) Office
BAYENCOURT 1 Battn on Divisional Reserve
3 Battn. inspected by L.Gen.Sir T.D.O. SNOW KCB Commanding VII Corps
COLIN CAMPS 7 Battn relieved 4 Glosters in trenches and took over line and dispositions as in OO No 4
10 1 man wounded (at duty) one accidental injury
13 one O.R. wounded
15 Battn relieved by the 4th Glosters and marched to billets at BAYENCOURT
BAYENCOURT 17 Working parties of 375 per day and baths during stay in billets
19 One man accidentally wounded
20 2 men accidentally wounded
2/Lieut W.A.P. WATSON rejoined from England and taken on strength of Battn.
COLIN CAMPS 23 Battn relieved 4th Glosters in trenches taking up same dispositions as on 7/8 Aug
24 1 OR Killed 3 wounded (1 at duty)
25 2 OR wounded Battn relieved by 2nd Battn Essex Regt
and marched to bivouac in BOIS DE WARNIMONT
WARNINMONT 26 ]
28 ] working parties and baths
30 Battn went into billets at BOS
BOS 31 Working parties and baths
Strength of Battn on 31 August - 29 Officers OR 777
Signed : Charles Retallack (Capt and Adjt)
|Operation Orders No 4|
Operation Orders No 4
August 7th 1915
1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regiments
Ref Maps 1/80,000 Trench May
1. 1/5th Battn R.W.R. will relieve the 4th Battn Gloucester Regt. on Aug 7th 1915 and will take over all their dispositions.
2. The Front Trenches - the Battn will take over are at follows
From 2 ARBRES ABBATTUS inclusive to 303 inclusive
From 'A' Coy in Battn reserve Trench
B C D in the Front Trench
3. The Battn will relieve vai COURCELCES Point 180 (at C of Colincamps)
COLINCAMPS and BOVEAU EX UPERY
4. The Transport of the Battn will be brigaged at COIGNEUX and will take over the Transport lines at 11am
5. All personel of the Grenadier Coy. will go into Trenches with their respective units.
6. Reserve M.G. Treams will join their companies.
7. The "S.O.S." signal for artillery support is one RED followed by one GREEN rocked fired from the Trenches and repeated until support is received.
8. The Dressing Station will be in MOINE Trench
9. The Battn H.Q. will be in MOINE TRENCH
Issued at 11am Aug 7th 1915
Capt and Adjt 1/5th R.War.R.
BUS 1 Working parites and Bathes – Capt J K Rabone died at
No 1 Red Cross Hospital TE TOUQUET from ??? after an operation for appendicitis
2 Baths – The Battn took over trenches from the French 56 Division as in OO No 6
TRENCHES 5 Reinforcements of 30 OR taken on strength of Battn
BAYENCOURT 6 Battn relieved in trenches by 6/2 War R and took over Billets in BAYENCOURT
?? casualties in trenches
“ 7 1/2 Coy under Major Carter at work to continue defences of BAYENCOURT
Trenches 10 Battn took over trenches from 6 War R as in OO No 7
FONQUEVILLERS 14 Battn relieved by 6 R War R and took over dispositions of 8 R War R as in OO No 8
15 One OR accidentally wounded.
Working parties in ?? defences of FONQUEVILLERS
TRENCHES 18 Battn relieved 6 R War R in trenches as in OO No 9
19 One OR killed
22 Battn relieved by 6 R War R and took over billets of 8th R War R at BAYENCOURT
as in OO Not 10
BAYENCOURT 23 Battn Route March – Capt E V JEAVONE appointed acting QM vice QM and
Major W Taylor to England sick 6-9-15
26 Battn relieved by 6 R War R in trenches and took over devences of Fonquevillers
and La Haic as in OO No 12 from 8 R War R
The weather in September has been generally fine and hot.
Strength of Battn on Sept 30th
Officer 26 OR 796
Charles Retallack Capt and Adjt 5 R War R
|OPERATIONAL ORDERS NO 6|
OPERATIONAL ORDERS NO 6
1/5th Battn Royal Warwickshire Regt
Sept 1st 1915
48th Division will take over, as below, by Sept. 4th
(a) A portion of the line now occupied by the French 56th Divn. Ie.e the frontage of two Battalions, already designated to O.C. 5th and 7th R WAR R respectivel.
(b) The Southern devences of FONQUEVILLERS, i.e. that part of the Village South of and including the road which runs S.E. below “FONQUEVILLERS” (on Plan Directure) to CROSS ROADS in centre of Village, and thence just South of Church as far as edge of Village on CHURCh-CALVAIRE road.
(c ) CHATEAU-de la HAIE
143rd Infantry Brigade will take over this portion of the line and will be permanently disposed as follows:-
1 Battn in line on right
1 Battn in line on left
1 Battn as follows : -
Hd. Qrs. and 2 Coys defences of FONQUEVILLERS
2 Companies CHATEAU de la HAIE.
1 Battn in BAYENCOURT
Grenade Coy. (less platoons of 2 Battns in line)
Permanently at CHATEAU de la HAIE.
86th Trench Mortar Battery : -
1/2 in line
1/2 in billets in FONQUEVILLERS
(a) 5th R.WAR.R. will take over the right sub-section of the line on the night of 2/3rd September, moving via BAYENCOURT and CHATEAU de la HAIE. Guides will meet this Battn. At entrance to FONQUEVILLERS at 1.15am 3rd September.
(b) The Battn after passing Chateau de la HAIE, will move in silence by platoons, and no smoking will be permitted. The Coys will be closed up under cover of the Village by 1.15.
(c ) 1 Officer per Coy. And 1 N.C.O. per platoon of French Brigade, will remain in Trenches until mid-day 3rd Sept.
(d) The Battn. Will be disposed as follows:-
A. on right )
B. in centre ) in front line
C on left )
D in Battn. reserve.
Battn. H.Q. will be in the reserve line
The " Special Instruction" (No 17) Platoon will be attached to "D" Coy, and a platoon of "D" Coy will be attachec to "B" Coy whilst in Trenches.
The Grenade Coy. will be permanently billeted at LA HAIE, and will consist of platoons of 2 Battns out of the line, and in addition, 10 men of each of these 2 Battns for instructions.
M.G. Sections of all Battns, with limbers, will be at CHATEAU de la HAIE at 7 pm. on 2nd. September, and will proceed to FONQUEVILLERS at intervals of 500 yards. They will be met by Brigade Machine Gun Officer and Guides at entrance to FONQUEVILLERS.
Machine Guns will be Brigaded.
Machine Gun Sections will consist of 26 men (including Cook and Officers Servant). and 5 N.C.O.s.
8 Guns will be in front line, (2 guns from each Battn) i.e. 4 guns in right sub-section and 4 guns in left sub-section. Disposal of remaining guns will be directed by Bde. M.G.O.
Each Section will bring with it necessary degchies etc.
Rations will be dumped at Ration dump, about 600 yds west W of FONQUEVILLERS on CHATEAU de la HAIE - FONQUEVILLERS road at an hour after dark, which will allow of all wagons being clear of this road by 11pm. on the night of 2nd. September.
7. Cookers will be brought into FONQUEVILLERS by 10pm. on Sept. 2nd.
No horses will be kept in the village.
8. Orders re position of Brigade Transport will be issued later.
9. The French dispositions will be followed untill the ground is better known. (and arrangements. )
10. Great care is to be taken with regard to moving Troops and Transport. All movements for the present will be under cover of darkness, and with intervals between units and vehicles.
Single vehicles, horses, and parties of men not larger than sections, may move from LA HAIE to FONQUEVILLERS, if necessary, by day, but there is very grave risk of machine guns firing on this road.
Issued at 5pm Sept 1st 1915
Capt and Adjt. 1/5th R.WAR.R.
|OPERATION ORDERS NO 9|
OPERATION ORDERS NO 9
The 1/th Battn. Royal Warwickshire Regt.
Ref. AMIENS Sept 10 1915
1. The 1/5th R.War. R will relieve the 1/6th R.War R. in Trenches to-day, and will take over their dispositions.
2. A Company will march off at 2.p.m.
D Company will march of at 2.10.p.m.
B at 2.20pm
C at 2.30.p.m
. and will go by Platoons.
3. Route. Leave BAYENCOURT and move across country along valley N. of M in MIN 162 past Battery of dummy Guns across the SQUASTRE - FONQUEVILLERS road across valley until under cover of village of FONQUEVILLERS - into village by road S of CHURCH.
Guides will be placed out, and these will be picked up by Officer in rear of C. Company
4.Separate orders have been issued to Transport.
September 10th 1915
Signed Charles Rettallack (typed)
1/5th R WAR R
|OPERATION ORDERS NO 8|
OPERATION ORDERS NO 8
By Lieut. Col. G.C.Sladen
Commanding 1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regt. Sept. 14th. 1915
|OPERATION ORDERS NO 9|
OPERATION ORDERS NO 9
By Lieut. Col. G.C.Sladen
Commanding 1/5th Royal Warwickshire Regt. Sept. 18th. 1915
Refernce Map. AMIENS 1/80,000
1. The 5th R WAR R. will relieve the 6th R WAR R in the Trenches to-day.
2.(a) B and C Companies will relieve the centre and left Companies of the 6th R War R at 2.30pm
(b) The centre and left Companies of the 6th R War R will then relieve A and D Companies in the defences of FONQUEVILLERS.
(c) A and D. Companies will then relieve the right and reserve Companies 6th R War R in the Trenches.
3. The Companies from CHATEAU LA HAIE will go via the communication Trench to FONQUEVILLERS.
4. Separate orders have been issued to Transport Officer and Machine Gun Officer.
Issued at 9.30am
Sept 1st 1915
Capt and Adjt. 1/5th R WAR R
Operation orders numbers 10-12 not transcribed.
FONQUEILLERS 3 Lt Col G.C.SLADEN wounded whilst in M. Sector rejoining (ind?) command
8 5th Battn relieved 6th R.War.R as in OO No 13
TRENCHES 11 H 4s and AandB Coy of 15 Battn R.L.Inf. attached for instruction until 17th
16 5th Battn. relieved by 6 R.War.R and took over billets of 8th R.War.R at BAYENCOURT as in OO No 4.
BAYENCOURT 18 Battn Route march
19 Working parties on Bayencourt defences for R.E.
24 5th R.War.R relieved 6th R.War.R in trenches as in OO NO 15
TRENCHES 27 14th Batten R.Irish Rifles in for instruction until Nov 2
29 25 OR. arrived as reinforcement draft from base
Strength of Battn on October 31 1915
24 Officers 805 other ranks
C R (capt)
|OPERATATION ORDERS No 13|
Operation order by Lieut Col G.C.SLADEN (C.O.)
1/5 Battn The Royal Warwickshire Regt (Oct 7th 1915)
MAP AMIENS 1/80,000
1 The 5th R War R will relived the 6th R War R tomorrow 8 Oct 1915 and will take over the billets and disposition.
2. The Battn in the line is now disposed as follows -
Two companies in the front line
One company in support of the Pilon
(FONQUEVILLERS - HEBUTERNE ROAD)
One company in reserve billets near the Entrance to the village on the FONCQUEVILLERS-SOUASTRE Road.
3. D. Coy will take over the Right Company in the line.
C. Coy will take over the Left Company in the line.
B. Coy will be in support.
A. Coy will be in reserve.
4. BandC Coys 5th R War R will relieve the Support and Left Coys at the 6th R War R at 2.30pm
These 2 companies of the 6th R.War.R will then relieve AandD Coys 5th RWarR in FONCQUEVILLERS.
AandD Coys 5th RWarR willthen relieve the Reserve in Right Coys of the 6th RWarR.
5. D Coy will take over complete the cooker and limber of A Coy.
A Coy will take over complete the cooker and limber of D Coy - manhandle it back to the village.
Receipts must pass between the officers concerned stating that the cooker are handled over and taken clean and complete.
6. When taking over and handling over any trench or billet from another Battn. receipts must pass for all Stores, S.A.A., Grenades etc and also certificate that the trenches or billets are left clean.
7. Separate orders have been issued to Machine Gun and Transport officers.
Issued as 9pm October 7th 1915t
Signed C.R. Capt and Adj
8 Copies sent to 1. Office, 2and3 War Diary, 5 A, 6 B, 7 C, 8 D.
|OPERATION ORDERS NO 15|
OPERATION ORDERS NO 15
23rd October 1915
Lt Col G.C. SLADEN
1. Trench map
The 5th R War R will relieve the 6th R War R in the trenches tomorrow Oct 24th
2. Coys will march by Platoons using the DUMMY GUN ROUTE
3. A Coy will parade in time to relieve at 2.30pm followed by C,D and B
4. Companies will be disposed as follows
A on the Right
C on the left
D in support
B on Reserve in FONQUEVILLERS
5. The Quarter Master will obtain a certificate from an Officer of the 6th R War R that each cooker and limber is handed over clean and complete.
6. O/C Coys will before taking over inspect the cookers and limbers and give a certificate to the effect that they are clean and complete and this to include the ground them
7. When taking over, or handing over any Trench, or Billet from another Battn. Receipts must pass for all Stores, S.A.A. Grenades etc and also certificates that the Trenches and Billets are left clean.
Separate orders have been issued to the Transport and M/G Officers
Signed Charles Retallack
Transport Officers will collect officers' baggage for the Trenches at 10pm and another wagon will collect officers' Valises for the Transport lines. These cases must be sent to Officers' Billets
TRENCHES 1 5th Batt Relieved by 6th Battn and took over dispositions of R War R as in OO 16.
FONQUEVILLERS 2 Lt Col G C Sladen 1/5 R WAR R assumed tempy. command of 143 ??Bde
during absence of Brigadeer General C H L James on leave
9 5th Battn relieved 6 R WAR R in the trenches (L sector) as in OO No 17
The trenches now occupied by 143rd Bde are opposite GOMMESCOURT
- and L sector front line is from E27d76 - K 3d38 Ref Map France 57D 1/40000
On the right is 144 ??Bde and on the left is 37th Division
TRENCHES 14 One OR wounded
15 A Coy of 12 Bn. R.?? Rifles attached for instruction
17 5th R War relieved by 6 R War R and marched to BAYENCOURT as OO No 18
BAYENCOURT 18 Draft of 26 ment arrived
22 2/Lieut E P G Carter taken on strength of Battn
25 R War R Relieved 6 R War R in trenches as in OO No 19
TRENCHES 27 Capt A S ALABASTER and one OR taken on strength of Battn
28 One OR wounded
?? and 2 Coys of 2st Manchester Regt in for instruction
30 L' J W W Hudson Killed
The weather has been very bad indeed during the greater part of the month, and the trenches have suffered from constant rain.
Strength as Nov 28th 26 Officers 798 ORs
OPERATION ORDERS 16, 17, 18, 19 NOT COPIED
Attached - Battns OOs Nos 20, 21, 22 and 23
3 5th Battn relieved by 6th Battn and took over dispositions of 8th Warwicks at FONQUEVILLERS.
11 One company of the 17th Battn Manchester Reg attached for instruction
12 a draft of 32 O.Rs arrived
18 H.Q. and one company of the 19th Battn LIVERPOOL regt attached for instruction.
19 5th Battn relieved by 6th R War R and took over billets of 8th R War R at Bayencourt
BAYENCOURT 23 2/Lt J H WILSON taken on strength of Battn
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
27 5th Battn relieved the 6th R Warw R in the trenches - as in O.O. No 23
The weather during Dec. has been very bad - the trenches have been discarded and held by six posts.
Communication trenches are all blocked except 4 -
Strength on Dec 31st
28 Officers and 823 other ranks
|OPERATION ORDERS No 20|
OPERATION ORDERS No 20
Dec 2nd 1915
Major CARTER will be in command of Detachment LA HAIE
Route for LA HAIE Detachment .is Via VALLEY ROAD to CROSS ROADS a 9b and SUNKEN ROAD to S.E.. corner of La Haie
The Blankets of La Haie Detachment will be rolled by Sections and be at ARTILLERY CROSS ROADS at 10am where a wagon will be ready to take them to CHATEAU.
The Cooker of the 6th R Warw R will be brought by that Battn to FONQUEVILLERS and LA HAIE for use of the 5th R Warw R.
Separate orders have been issued to Machine Gun and Transport Officers.
The Transport Officer will arrange to take officers' valises of AandB to FONQUEVILLERS and CandD to LA HAIE. A wagon will be at ARTILLERY CROSS ROADS at 10am to take CandD companies officers' kit, messes etc. from Trenches to LA HAIE.
Officers' servants will carry kits then to the wagon and after loading up proceed to Communication Trench to LA HAIE meeting the wagon there.
2 G.S. Wagons will call at LA HAIE at 9am as soon as possible at FONQUEVILLERS to collect surplus blankets to BAYENCOURT. 1 Limber Wagon will be at La Haie at 9am to carry officers' kits to Bayencourt and one for officers mess at FONQUEVILLERS.
Only the platoon that are in the firing line will draw Gum Boots direct from 6th R War R. O.C. Companies will send a receipt to HQ showing the number taken over by them for their platoons.
All other Gum Boots now in possession of 6th R Warw R will be collected at Battn HQ under supervision of Sergeant Major J.S. CROSSKNIGHT.
|OPERATION ORDER No 22|
All ranks to be warned that they are not to take short cuts across the country.
Dec 18th 1915