|War Diary of the 1/5th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1916source:Public Record Office (|
Trenches 4 5th R War R relieved by the 6 R War R and took over dispositions of 8 R War R at FONQUEVILLERS as in OO 24
L G H SKIRROW taken on strength of Battn Jan 3rd 1915
FONQUEVILLERS 5 2/L AREND adn 2/L BUCK and 33 ORs transferred 15 Bde M G Coy
12 5 R War R relieve 6 R War R in trenches as in OO 25
The following officers arrived and taken on strength of Battn Jan 11th 1915
2/L C E Carrington 2/Lt P A Grove - 2/Lt L R Terry -
2/Lt R J H Simpkin - 2/Lt F T Wakeman
Trenches 13 2 ORs wounded
20 5 R War R relieved by the 6 R War R and took over billets of 8 R War at BAYENCOURT - OO 26
BAYENCOURT 24 2/Lt J R HOUGHTON taken on strength of Battn
25 21 ORs arrived and taken on strength of Battn
28 5 R War R took over trenches from 6 R War R as in OO 27
Trenches 30 A raid on enemy trenches was attempted in conjunction with 144th Bde main right - but owing to the darkness and fog it had to be abandoned after reaching the enemy wire.
2 ORs wounded.
Strength of Batten on Jan 31st 31 Officers, 775 ORs
Charles Rettallack (he now has a stamp) - 'Capt. and Adjt. 5th Batt. R Warwickshire Regt.'
OPERATION ORDERS 24-27 NOT COPIED
Trenches 4 4 O.R.s wounded
FONQUEVILERS 5 5th R War R relieved in trenches by 6th R War R and took over dispositions from 8th R War R at Fonuevillers and LA HAIE as in OO 28.
11 One O.R. wounded
12 One O.R. wounded
TRENCHES 13 5th R Warw R relieved 6th R Warw R in trenches as in OO 29
One O.R. wounded
15 5th R Warw R took over trenches 13, 14 and 15 from 7th R Warw R
17 One O.R. wounded
20 Six O.R. wounded
21 5th R Warw R relieved in trenches by 6th R Warw R and taken over billets of 8th R War R at BAYENCOURT as in OO 30
BAYENCOURT 28 2nd Lt F.C.ALABASTER and 2nd Lt W E CURTIS taken on strength of Battn.
29 5th R War R relieve the 6th R Warw R in the trenches as in OO 31 and 32
Trenches 16, 17 and 18 are also taken over from 8th R Warw R on our left
TRENCHES 29 1 O.R. accidentally wounded
Strength of Battalion - 30 officers 761 O.R.s
|Operation Order 28|
3 February 1916
Horses for the Travelling Kitchens of C and D will be at ARTILELRY CROSS ROADS at 8am to take the kitchen to LA HAIE.
The Garrison of FORT DICK JUNCTION KEEP and NORTH KEEP - Guards and Duties will be taken over from the 8th R Warw R at 9.30am.
Via ARTILLERY CROSS ROAD and along CEMETERY RD. as far as metalled. Then across country to a covered route N. of the SOUASTRE BOYEAU to the DUMMY GUN VALLEY (D 30(a))
Then to LA HAIE approaching LA HAIE CHATEAU from the west.
|Operation Order 30|
B, C and D Coys, with the exception of posts will hand over all Gum Boots in possession to Sergt THURSFIELD at the Pioneer Shop Thorpe St by 9am.
A Coy will hand them over to the Pioneer Stores in the village by the same time.
CAPT A P WATSON will be with the advanced party at Battn H.Q. BAYERCOURT and he will take over the defences of BAYERCOURT.
Trenches 3 1 O.R. wounded very slightly
7 2nd Lt J CRAWFORD 20th Batt LONDON Regt attached and taken on strength of Battn.
8 5th R Warw R relieved in trenches 1-12 to the 6th R Warw R and in trenches 13-18 by the 8th R Warw R as in OO. 333
On relief the dispositions of the 8th R Warw R were taken over at LA HAIE and the Southern ILET of FONQUEVILLERS
FONQUEVILLERS 9 1 O.R. wounde
12 2nd Lt A J FARRINGTON arrived and taken on strength of Battn
14 4 O.R. wounded
15 1 O.R. wounded
TRENCHES 16 Relieved 6 R Warw R as in OO 34
19 1 O.R. wounded
2nd Lt L C BUCK arrived and taken on strength of Battn.
21 2nd Lt G R POYNTER
23 Enterprise against Evening trenches Appendix A
Lt H L R GROOM and 2nd Lt E HOLD and 15 O.R. wounded
24 Battn relieved by 6th R Warw R and took over billets of 8th R Warw R in SOUASTRE
As in OO 35
Strength of Battalion 32 Officers 723 other ranks
|Operation Order 33|
Major W H FRANKLIN will be in command at LA HAIE
|Operation Order 34|
The Lewis Automatic Rifles will be placed at - 1 each in 1, 4 and 6 post and 3 in Thorpe St
|REPORT ON ENTERPRISE CARRIED OUT BY 1/5 R Warw R 23 March 1916|
Whole party paraded at 10.30am and after being carefully checked moved up to the front line to take up their positions. At 11.30am an officers patrol went out with a drum of white tape and laid a trail to within 150 yards of the German wire.
Having done this a message was sent back to bring up the advanced storming party.
The party was in position by midnight and was followed by the main storming party which came up behind it...
SOUASTRE 1 Relieved 6 R War R in trenches as in OO 37
Trenches 3 2 other ranks wounded (one at duty)
5 28 ORs arrived and taken on strength of Battn
8 1 other rank wounded
9 Battn relieved in trenches by 6 R War R and took over dispositions of 8 R War R at Fonquevellers and La Haie
FONQUEVILLERS 17 Battn relieved 6 R War R in trenches
Trenches 18 2 ORs wounded (at duty)
19 4 ORs arrived and taken on strength of Battn
23 1 OR wounded
24 1 OR killed 2 ORs wounded
25 1 OR killed and 1 wounded (and at duty)
26 Relieved by 8th Battn the Lancasters Regt and marched into billets at SOUASTRE in Divisional Reserve as in OO 40
SOUASTRE 28 16 ORs reinforcements arrived and taken on strength
30 2 Lt S C Squires, 2 Lts H H Pine 2 Lts O Cragg arrived and taken on strength
Strength of Battn on April 30th 1916
34 Officers and 733 ORs
Operation orders copied but not transcribed.
SOUASTRE 2 Two coys relieved 2 Coys R War R at La HAIE as in OO No 41
6 Battn marched to Bivouacs near SAILLY as in OO No 42
J17 C 1 7 Battn digging cable trench at HEBUTERNE
7 " " " " "
8 Battn took over billets of 8 R War R at AUTHIE as in OO No 43
AUTHIE 11 Battn marched to billets at GEZAINCOURT as in OO No 44
GEZAINCOURT 12 Training commenced
22 To men killed and 2 injured owing to Premature explosion of a trench mortar shelf
25 Battn moved to Bivouacs at COUIN for tactical exercise OO 45
COUIN 26 Battn took over in Bde scheme and billetted at AUTHIE
AUTHIE 27 Battn marched back to billets at GEZAINCOURT
GEZAINCOURT 21 Battn marched to huts at COUIN as in OO 46
Strength of Battn 33 Officers 862 ORs
Capt and Adjt 5 R War R
Operation orders copied but not transcribed.
Ref Mat 57d NE 1/20,000
COUIN 1 Battn relieved 4th ~Glosters in trenches as in OO 47
K17c 30 35 3 1 OR wounded
- K 17 a 1.8 4 6 ORs wounded
5 1 OR wounded
6 New saps put out from front line trench - wire laid out by 6 `R War R
These saps pts joined up form new front line
7 Lt E C WROTH and Lt E P G CARTER and 13 ORs wounded
8 Battn relieved by 6 R War R and marched to Bivouacs at J 16d
Bivouacs J 16 d 12 Battn went to huts at COUIN
COUIN 22 The Battn less A and B Coys relieved the 4th Battn The Royal Berkshire Regt in H Sector - A and B Coys bivouaced at J23a - OO 49
Trenches U day 24 2 Lt F C ALABASTER and 4 ORs wounded
V day 25
W day 26 Smoke candle demonstrations from front line of H simultaneously GAS was let off from G sector - time 10.15am
A raiding party under Capt W A P WATSON - 2 Lts H HAMBRIDGE and 2 Lt F W MARVIN attempted to enter enemy trenches at K 17 b 02 but was unsuccessful. Time 10.30 pm. Continuous bombardment commenced
X day 27 A further raid under Capt WATSON and Lt MARVIN was attempted at same point and again unsuccessful. Time 2 am 27/28
Casulaties wounded 2 Lt F W MARVIN and 20 ORs 3 ORs missing
Y day 28 Smote candle demonstrations from front line at 7.15am
The 7th Worcesters attempted to enter trenches again
29 The 4th Glosters made a further unsuccessful raid on trenches at K17 b 11
Casualties 3 ORs
30 A further attempt by B Coy under Capt ALABASTER to raid enemy trenches was unsuccesssful - casualties 1 OR
Strength 27 Officers 782 ORs
Major R War R