November 1917 War Diary - 10th RDF

SDGW shows 20 Killed in Action and a further 4 died of wounds

Vol 16. 10th RDF War Diary for Nov 1917 . The photos of the actual diary for November 1917 are here.

1 Nov. At Hemelincourt. In accordance with Battalion Operational Order (copy herewith) the Battalion relieved the 7th Battalion (S.I.H) Royal Irish Regt in the left sub section. The relief was complete by 8 p.m.

2 Nov. Enemy very quiet except on Lump Lane which was covered with M.G. throughout the night

3 Nov. Enemy's line subjected to Gas bombardment from 9 pm to 10 pm during which time our MG and 18 pounder batteries were very active. After the bombardment the enemy put up a succession of single Very Lights, each going up before the preceding one. This was apparently the "all clear" signal

4 Nov. Enemy still inactive. It is believed that the enemy relief is taking place. Our Artillery active throughout on his support line and Communication Trenches

5 Nov. Nothing to report

6 Nov. At midnight we opened a Gas Bombardment on the enemy's line which was apparently quite unexpected. Gas gongs an other alarms could be heard all along his line and several hundred red Very Lights were put up. As the cloud gradually passed over his line and dispersed, these were succeeded by green lights. At 12.30 pm when enemy precautions had probably somewhat relaxed 800 further gas cylinders were released

7 Nov. In accordance Battalion Operations Order no 17 (copy herewith) the Battalion was relieved by the 8/9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Relief was complete by 5pm and the Battalion marched back to Clonmel Camp, Hemelincourt.

8 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hemelincourt. The following officers were taken on the strength of the Battalion

9 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hemelincourt. The Battalion engaged in "Intensive Training" with a view to forth coming operations

10 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued "Intensive Training"

11 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

12 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

13 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

14 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

15 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

16 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

17 Nov. Clonmel Camp, Hamelincourt.The Battalion continued training

18 Nov. In accordance with B.O.O. no 17 (copy attached) the Battalion moved to the right sub-sector.

19 Nov. During the night we cut gaps in the wire with a view to attacking Tunnel Trench. Evening very quiet: probably a relief was taking place.

20 Nov. At 6.20 AM (zero hour) we assaulted and captured Tunnel Trench from U14a7.1 to U14a3259 . Lt.Col G McM Robertson's first report of this operation is attached.

21 Nov. The consolidation of the captured trench is now complete. An appreciative message from the GOC 48th Infantry Brigade was ? ? thanking all ranks for the neatness and precision with which the attack was carried out and congratulating the assaulting troops upon their success.

22 Nov. In accordance with B.O.O. no 20 (copy herewith) the Battalion was relieved by the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers On relief the Battalion marched to Enniskillen Camp, Ervillers

23 Nov. Enniskillen Camp, Ervillers. The Battalion was visited by Major General W B Hickie commanding 16th (Irish) Division who congratulated the Commanding Officer upon the professionalism of the battalion during the recent operations. This message on being relayed to the O/Rs.was received with great enthusiasm

24 Nov. Enniskillen Camp, Ervillers. The Battalion remained in camp. Congratulatory message ? by Major General .W B Hickie C.B Commanding 16th (Irish) Division attached.

25 Nov. In accordance with B.O.O. no 21 (copy herewith) the Battalion relieved the 8/9 Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Support. Relief was completed by 5 pm.

26 Nov. The Battalion supplied numerous working and ? parties to the front line. The Battalion also wired the whole Brigade front: the nature of the obstacle being barbed concertina wire

27 Nov. The Battalion supplied numerous working and ? parties to the front line. The Battalion also wired the whole Brigade front: the nature of the obstacle being barbed concertina wire

28 Nov. The Battalion supplied numerous working and ? parties to the front line. The Battalion also wired the whole Brigade front: the nature of the obstacle being barbed concertina wire

29 Nov. The Battalion supplied numerous working and ? parties to the front line. The Battalion also wired the whole Brigade front: the nature of the obstacle being barbed concertina wire

30 Nov . In accordance with Operation Order no 22 (herewith attached) the Battalion was relieved by the 7/8th Royal Inniskilling Fuliliers, the relief being complete by 3 pm. On relief the Battalion marched back to Clonmel Camp. During relief one Platoon suffered severely from enemy shell fire. The casualties were.

 

 

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