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Can anyone help me with a charitable project I am involved in for the Centenary of the Great War. I need to know the locations of the following regiments etc, for the dates shown. It would be helpful if any member of the forum had War Diaries for these months so that I could have a copy.

17th Battery, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. March and April 1918.

9th Company, The Machine Gun Corp. September 1917.

22nd Company, The Machine Gun Corp October 1917.

111th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. June 1917.

147th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. August and September 1918.

21st Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. May 1917

21st Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. October 1917.

1st Batalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment. June 1916.

1st Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment. May 1917.

73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. September 1915.

54th Company, The Machine Gun Corp. May and June 1917.

10th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. May 1917.

53rd Battalion, The Machine Gun Corp. November 1918

9th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. May 1918.

O, Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. July 1918.

274th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. October and November 1918.

112th Heavy Battery, Royal Field Artillery. January 1917.

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10th Rifle Brigade 1917 - the R.B Chronicle has very little to report for May 1917 - " During May the Battalion carried out three tours of trench duty in the vacinity of HAVRINCOURT WOOD and south of LAGNICOURT".


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I’ve got the battalion history for 21st Manchesters.

It indicates they were in the line at Croisilles at the beginning of May, going into camps at Bagchnie and Mory between the 4th and 11th. They were back in action at Bullecourt between the 11th and 16th. Then to camp at Achiet le Petit for the remainder of the month.

In October, they were in action near Polygon Wood between the 2nd & 6th. They then spent most the rest of the month in various camps before returning to action south of the Menin Road on the 26th. They were relived the next day and moved to a camp at Ebblinghem.

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There are no official war diaries covering the periods you seek for three of the RGA batteries nor names mentioned. But for your Congleton men the battery positions were:

For Sgt Carter, 111 SB was positioned at Plogsteert

Lancaster re 112 HB (RGA not RFA) Q16a.5.5 vicinity of Beaumont Hamel

Re Johnson of 274 SB, battery gun positions were at Bermerain from 25.10.18.

And ref Fitzgerald, 147 HB were at U3d.8.9 (Sheet 51B) having pushed forward from Tilloy in preparation for supporting an attack on the Queant-Drocourt Line, but his death was the result of a premature.



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