January 1917 War Diary - 10th RDF

1 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer. Company training continued. The following officers arrived today and were added to the strength of the Battalion.

2 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer. Company training continued.

3 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer. Company training continued. The following officers received decorations

The following received temporary commissions and were posted to the battalion

4 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 9.15am the Battalion marched off in order to practice the attack over dummy trenches on the Noyelles to Sally-le-Sec road and returned owing to rain.

5 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 8.05am the Battalion marched off to the trenches at Ponthoile Wood and practiced the attack. Company training continued in the afternoon.

6 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 9am the Battalion paraded for battalion drill and then marched off to the dummy trenches on the Noyelles - Sailly le Sec road and practiced the attack, returning at 12 noon.

7 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 9.45 am the Brigadier inspected the battalion transport. 10am the Commanding Officer inspected the battalion in billets. Remainder of the day spent in rest and Church parades.

8 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 6.45 am The Battalion marched off and proceeded to the trenches at Vron where they practiced the attack in conjunction with the rest of the Brigade. Returning at 5pm. Heavy sleet on the return journey.

9 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer Company training continued. 4.30pm a lecture was delivered at the Divisional School Nouvion on aeroplane photographs and their interpretation

10 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 7.30 am the Battalion marched off for Ponthoile Wood trenches, but had to return owing to the rain. 2.15pm a lecture on artillery was delivered to the officers by Major SOLL. 12 noon the Battalion transport was inspected by the Corps commander on the Nolettes to Nouvion road.

11 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 8am The battalion marched off to the Ponthoile Wood trenches and practiced the attack, returning 12 noon. Heavy snow fell on the way back.

12 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer Day spent cleaning billets and preparing to move.

13 Jan. Noyelles sur Mer 9am the Battalion marched out of billets and proceeded via Sailly le Sec, Le Titre and Lamotte-Buleux to Neuilly l'Hopital, arriving 12.15pm and going into billets. Casualty amendments

14 Jan. Neuilly l'Hopital 9am the Battalion marched out of billets and proceeded to Conteville arriving at 1.15pm and going into billets.

15 Jan Conteville 11am the Battalion marched out of billets and proceeded to Longuevilette arriving 4pm and going into billets. Very cold and snowy

16 Jan Longuevilette Day spent in rest. Very cold.

17 Jan Longuevilette 9am the Battalion marched out of billets and proceeded to Puchevillars, arriving at 2.30pm and going into billets. Weather cold & snowy. News was received that

18 Jan Puchevillers 2pm the Battalion marched out and practiced the attack east of the Puchevillers - Rubempre road over dummy trenches

19 Jan Puchevillers 10am the Battalion marched out and practiced the attack on the same trenches, returning at 12 noon.

20 Jan Puchevillers 9.10am the Battalion marched out of billets and proceeded to Toutencourt, Harponville, and Varennes to Forceville arriving 12.45 pm and going into billets.

21 Jan Forceville Day spent in rest and cleaning up. Working parties supplied

22 Jan Forceville Day spent training. Cold and frosty. News was received that

23 Jan Forceville Day spent training. Cold and frosty

24 Jan Forceville 9.20am the battalion marched out of billets at 9.20am and proceeded through Acheux and Lealvillers to Argueves arriving 11.30am and going into billets.

25 Jan Argueves Day spent in preparations for going into the line. Very cold.

26 Jan Argueves Day spent in preparations for going into the line. Very cold.

27 Jan Argueves the battalion marched out of billets and proceeded via Lealvillers,Varenne, Hedauville, Bouzincourt, and Aveloy Wood to the support line of the Beaucourt Sector, arriving at 6pm and taking over from the Nelson Battalion. The relief was accomplished with out any incident of importance.

28 Jan Beaucourt Support Line 9.30am to 3pm intermittent shelling. HE and shrapnel (hostile) at new work at Redoubt Trench. Q12D70.. 17 whizbangs fell in the valley and bank Q10 B7.8. Situation very quiet all day. Map ref Trench Map 57D.

29 Jan Beaucourt Support Line Situation very quiet. Isolated shells fell at intervals throughout the day near our positions at Q12 D7.8. Casualty wounded in acton 1OR Casualty amendment - 1 OR previously reported wounded, now reported wounded and missing

30 Jan Beaucourt Support Line Situation very quiet, 6pm the Battalion proceeded to the front line via Redoubt Trench and relieved the left Battalion (4th Bedfords) of the Beaucourt sector. The relief was completed without incident at 8.30pm. At 10.30 pm a large flare was observed in the direction of Beaumont Hamel. There was intermittent hostile shelling over the Battalion area throughout the night.

31 Jan Beaucourt Front Line Situation normal. Intermittent hostile artillery activity took place throughout the day. 10pm, 2 white lights and a blue were sent up in the direction of Grandcourt. The enemy guns in the direction of Miraumont immediately opened a heavy fire which was immediately silenced by our own artillery. 10.30 pm an officer patrol under 2nd Lt A W JULIAN started out from no15 post. They were sniped at and returned, the moon being too bright for patrolling. Enemy snipers were active during the night, 1 man in E post being hit. B post was destroyed by a shell during the night and is being re-established.

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