June 1917 - 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Having left the line at the end of May 1917, the Battalion was in 3 camps just back from the line at St Catherine until 17 June. Their time in these camps was taken entirely with training, then on 18th June they moved to a camp closer to the line, in order to supply working parties to dig a new communications trench, that was required for a big attack by 5th Division. This was done mainly at night and the area was under shellfire.

The on 18th June a secret order came through that they were to be transferred to 16 Division, 2nd Army and should make themselves ready to move within 4 days. So on the 22 Jun 1917 they marched out of camp, the Band of the 4th Bedfordshire Regt played the battalion into Anzin and here the Band of the 7th Royal Fusiliers was in waiting to accompany the Battalion into Maroevil. Here the Battalion entrained. Divisional and Brigade Staff were present to bid the Regiment goodbye. At 8.30pm the train left Maroevil, the Royal Fusilier Band playing "Auld Lang Syne".

Their train took them to Bavinchove Station, and from there they marched to the village of Nooropeene where they were billeted. The battalion was inspected by Brig Gen F W Ramsey CMG, DSO. He welcomed them, saying he was proud to have it in his Brigade, which would now be a Dublin Fusilier Brigade. They were to have a few weeks rest before joining the brigade proper.

June 1917 War Diary

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