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10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment War Diary

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bigronhartley

Hello,

Does anyone have copies of the 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment War Diary they would be willing to share please ? Thanks.

Regards

Ron

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bigronhartley

Hello again,

Just bringing my earlier request back for your attention, hoping someone can help. Thanks.

Hello,

Does anyone have copies of the 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment War Diary they would be willing to share please ? Thanks.

Regards

Ron

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Havrincourt

Hello Ron

Closest I can get is Wyralls West Yorks Rgt, it does review the 10th diaries ,what period do you need?

Andy

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bigronhartley

Hello Andy,

Thanks for your reply and your kind offer. I'm looking for copies of the Official War Diary for the 10th Battalion, actually it's for the West Yorkshire Regiment Archive as they don't have a copy for this particular Battalion. Hope someone can help out. Thanks again for your offer.

Regards

Ron

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GrenPen

Here are some elements of the War Diary from April to September 1918

 

5th April Pernois
On the 5th the Battn received a draft of 7 officers and 174 O.R.
Temp Capt A.A.Adams, Temp Capt H F Lawton, Temp Lt F Firth, Temp 2nd Lt H Knight M.C., Temp 2nd Lt S Moulson, Temp 2nd Lt M Daysh, Temp 2nd Lt B Baker
8th April Montrelet
The Battn received a draft of 185 O.R
10th April Montrelet
The Battn received a draft of 79 O.R
17 April Mesnil
Battn relieved the 6th Dorsetshire Regt in the front line, right battn left brigade at 830pm
21 April Mesnil
..enemy captured our advanced posts situated along the Railway (Q29d4-5 to Q29d4-0)
22 April Mesnil
At 9am the line ran Q29a2-3 to Q29c5-0, and the 10th Battn Notts & Derby Regt held from Q29c5-0 to Q35b1-7
23 April Mesnil
The Battn was relieved at 9pm by the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, and marched into billets at Forceville.
29 April Mesnil
The Battn relieved the 7th Battn Border Regt at 830pm. th eline ran from Q35c3-8 to Q29c8-0
8 May Mesnil
The Battn was relieved by the Artists Rifles, and deployed to billets at Arqueves
26 May Arqueves
The Brigade deployed to Acheux Wood
31 May Acheux Wood
The battalion was relieved by the 7th Lincolnshire Regt, and deployed to the Purple Line
09 June 
50th Brigade to relieve the 52nd Brigade, 10th Battn to relieve Duke of Wellington's Regiment specifically. (Q15c24)
15 June
The battalion was relieved by the East Yorks Regt, and deployed to the Purple Line (Q13b28)
18 June
The battalion relieved the East Yorks Regt [around Hawthorn Ridge], deploying via Newbury Avenue and Trigger Avenue.(Q15c24)
23 June
The battalion was relieved by the Hood Battalion,RND, and proceeded to billets at Acheux Wood
1st July Rubempre
Battalion training and route march
24th July
The Battalion relieved 7th (S) Bn East Yorkshire Regt
27th July
The battalion was relieved by the 7th (S) Bn East Yorkshire Regt in the main forward zone, and deployed to the reserve, map ref V12c40 ref map 57DSE [between Beaussart and mailly-Maillet]
05 Aug
The battalion was relieved by the 10th South Wales Borderers, and proceeded to Herissart
12 Aug
The 50th relieved the 10th Australian Brigade
16 AUg
The Battalion was relieved by the 55th Australian Battn, and proceeded to Aubigny.
21 Aug Arqueves
Moved to Mailly Maillet. The Bn occupied a portion of the Purple System in front of that village.
22 Aug
Relieved the 7th Leicester Regt in the old British front line& posts in Q16 & Q17 (Ref Map 57DSE)
23 Aug
Battalion deployed to Common Lane in Q24 & R19.
24 Aug
Battalion attacked Thiepval Ridge, and subsequent capture of Pozieres
27 Aug
Fighting at Flers
2am Enemy first encountered at M36 & S6a  
29 Aug
The battalion was relieved by the 10th (S) Notts & Derby Regt in the main forward zone, and deployed to the rest area at Martinpuich

1st Sept,Objective was to attack Le Transloy.
So on the 1st Sept at 5a.m the 10th attacked and finding the village stronly held by the enemy, was unable to reach the Bapaume-Peronne road. The attack was to be resumed on the morning of the 2nd so during the night the 10th moved closer and took to the high ground west of Le Transloy.

2nd Sept,So was again the attack on the village was begun at 5a.m.Soon after mid-day the whole of Le Transloy was captured.
5p.m. received orders to attack Rocquinny at 8p.m.
6.25p.m. moved off to assembly positions.(south-west of Villers-au-Flos.map ref."O.13.d.5.0 to 0.14.C.2.9.,")North -West of Rocquigny.
8.08p.m. The attacking infantry began their advance,Rocuingny was found weakly held, and after some hand to hand fighting ,the village was captured by 10p.m.

3rd Sept,Advance to the Western banks of the Canal du Nord, between Ypres and Etricourt.(heavy machine gun fire from the eastern bank).

4th Sept,Crossed the canal and reached the North-Eastern edge of Vallulart Wood.
Gradually the line advanced but the West Yorks were not involed in any major attacks.

10/11th Sept, Relieved and moved back to Rocquigny.

16th Sept, After six days rest in Rocguingny moved forward and took up assembly positions for the operation to begin on the 18th.(assembled on the Fins Ridge)
0520 Zero [Hour].Bn moved forward to the attack behind a creeping barrage. A, B & C Coys in front line, C in support. Going forward rapidly, first objective was reached at the same time as the 12 th Manchester Regt. Pushing on the Bn met with little oposition & reached the final objective in the Green Line
The objective was consolidated & the dugouts cleared. Prisoners amounted to 4 officers & 315 ORs, 11 MGs & 1 Trench Mortar were captured. Bn HQ established at W5d13. Bn HQ moved to w6db2
19 Sept
At daybreak C & D Coys moved forward across X1c & occupied Gauche Alley. Heavy shelling all day. At dusk A & B Coys relieved the 6th Dorset Regt & units of the 51st Inf Bde in Lancashire Trench & Somme Alley (x1 & 2 map ref 57CSE). C & D took up a position in support in Somme Alley
20 Sept
At dawn a patrol of A Coy pushed up & occiped a further 120 yards of Lancashire Trench in X2. Intermittent shelling throughout the day.
AT dusk enemy attacked up Lancashire Trench & madea frontal attack on it uner cover of a heavy barrage. Attack was broken up by artillery, Lewis Gun & rifle fire but the enemy succeeded in retaking 50 yards of Lancashire Trench. Lt S G Isherwood died of wounds.
to 21st Sept
0130 Enemy made a determined bombing attack supported with flammenwerfer up Lancashire Trench (X2) & gained 200 yards of this trench. Here it was held up by Stokes [mortar] & Lewis Gun fire & 100 yards of trench regained by a bombing attack. Bombing continued up and down the trench for 12 hours.
0530-1130 Heavy shelling of Lancashire Trench

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bigronhartley

Hello GrenPen

Thanks very much for the information from the War Diary, much appreciated

Regards

Ron

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