Grandad's War
Cheshire Regiment Colour
1st Battalion War Diary - December 1914

Copyright: G E Conway, 2007
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To be summed up, Dec 1st - 7th Corps Troops at BAILLEUL:       
1 + 64 joined Dec 6th.

1st December
                BAILLEUL
Battalion in billets. Parades, drill & Musketry instruction

2nd December
Battalion in billets. Parades, drill & Musketry instruction.
Received news that Lt. Elliott & 2/Lt. Atkinson had been given D.S.O.

3rd December
Battalion paraded & was received by H.M. King George V.

4th December
Battalion in billets. Parades, drill & Musketry instruction.

5th December
Battalion in billets. Parades, drill & Musketry instruction.

6th December
Battalion paraded for divine service
Reinforcements of 64 N.C.O.s & men under 2/Lt. Vance arrived.

7th December
Battalion in billets. Parades, drill & Musketry instruction.

8th December
Battalion marched from Bailleul to DRANOUTRE & formed Brigade Reserve.
DRANOUTRE

9th December
Battalion inspected by Brigadr. Gen. Count Gleichen, K.C.V.O., etc

10th December
Batt. Marched from Dranoutre to St Jans Cappel (Brigade in Divn. Reserve)
ST. JANS CAPPEL

11th December
Battalion in billets. Route march. Capt. W Martin Leake (Res. Off.) joined in.

12th December
Bn. in billets. Route march.

13th December
Bn. paraded for divine service.

14th December
Bn. marched to DRANOUTRE in reserve. Returned to billets 1 miles E. of BAILLEUL.

15th December
Bn. Parade.

16th December
Bn. Parade.

17th December
Bn. parades morning. Marched to NEUVE EGLISE Bn. in trenches.

18th December
                NEUVE EGLISE
'A' & 'C' Coys in trenches, H.Qtrs. & 'B' & 'D' Coys in billets
Party of 5th Bn. Cheshire Regt. (Territorials) accompanied Bn. in trenches.

19th December
'B' & 'D' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'A' & 'C' Coys in billets.

20th December
'B' & 'D' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'A' & 'C' Coys in billets.

21st December
'A' & 'C' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'B' & 'D' Coys in billets.  3 men wounded.

22nd December
'A' & 'C' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'B' & 'D' Coys in billets.

23rd December
'B' & 'D' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'A' & 'C' Coys in billets.

24th December
'B' & 'D' Coys in trenches at WULVERGHAN. 'A' & 'C' Coys in billets.

Capt. Lloyd, Lt. Mares, 2/Lt. Hazeon, 2/Lt. Rhodes & 2/Lt. Michener & 444 N.C.O.s & men joined from England. 1 man wounded.

25th December
Brigadr. Gen. Count Gleichen, K.C.V.O., etc. inspected draft.

Their Majesties Presents & Xmas Card issued.

Bn. in trenches at WULVERGHAN

26th December
Bn. in trenches at WULVERGHAN.

27th December
Bn. in trenches at WULVERGHAN.

28th December
Bn. in trenches at WULVERGHAN.

29th December
                BAILLEUL
Bn. in billets at BAILLEUL. (Marched in from WOLVERGHAN).

30th December
Bn. in billets at BAILLEUL.

31st December
Bn. in billets at BAILLEUL. Went for a route march.

J. A. BUSFIELD, Capt.

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Introduction:

In August 1914 the 1st Bn. was in Londonderry, Ireland. At the outbreak of War it became part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division.  The War Diary was begun on the day War was declared, 4th August 1914, and is transposed below as written at the time by the C.O.






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