Guest Posted 17 October , 2013 Share Posted 17 October , 2013 Hello - I am doing a small amount of research on the 1st Bn Cameron Highlanders in 1914 from mobilisation to the end of 1914. Having crunched some data, it would appear that the 1st Bn Cameron Highlanders had a particularly hard campaign at the start of the War. According to SDGW and CWGC data the battalion lost 584 all ranks killed by the end of Dec 1914. Assuming at least a similar number were wounded or POW this would effectively mean that the battalion wastage was in excess of 100% in this period. Given Killed: Wounded ratios in France and Flanders were typically in excess of 1:2 this might be a very conservative estimate and the real figure could be significantly higher. I am trying to piece together the numbers in an attempt to find out when the trained reinforcements ran out. I have the War Diary but not the published history. The War Diary is patchy and the section covering 14 Aug 1914 (disembarkation at le Havre) to 20th Sep 1914 is missing. CWGC data shows the Cameron Highlanders had 161 men killed before this date including 148 on the 14th Sep alone. Edit: The Official History: Military Operations France and Belgium 1914 Vol I page 416 claims that "On the whole the results of the 14th September were disappointing.....1/Cameron Highlanders lost six hundred officers and men..." Which would suggest the ratio of KIA to (WIA + POW) was 1:3.....I am trying to piece together the reinforcement drafts and the living casualties (WIA, POW) for the whole of Aug-Dec 1914. Finding the KIA and DOW is straightforward using SDGW. From the War Diary I have the following fragments of the reinforcement drafts and major events 20th Sep 14.....Second reinforcements: 2 officers and 161 ORs 22nd Sep 14....Third reinforcements: 1 officer and 90 - 95 ORs 28th Sep 14.....8 Officers arrive. 9th Oct 14........Draft of 1 officer and 250 All Ranks (sic) 30th Oct 14......"Battalion losses 14th-30th October 38 Officer & 1,000 men" [note: CWGC data shows 104 killed between this dates, so this might be an exaggeration as it suggests a killed:wounded ratio of 1:9 which seems highly unusual] 6th Nov 14.......Draft of 106 ORs 11th Nov 14......Adj and three Officers reported missing "C & D Coys were nearly all reported missing" 13th Nov 14.....Draft of 50 ORs and 1 Officer 18th Nov14......Draft of 150 rank & file 22nd Nov 14.....Draft of 2 Officers and 100 rank and file 1-20th Dec 14...Refitting 22nd Dec 14.....Ofiicers K/W/M 0/6/3 ....OR K/W/M 6/64/132 24th Dec 14.....Draft of 1 Officer and 161 ORs arrive. List of Officers in Dec shows 15 Officers of which 8 are from other Regiments. From the above, 1,058 OR reinforcements arrived between 20th Sep and 24th dec 1914. Given the forst record is or the second reinforcement clearly there was an additional reinforcement draft. Cross referencing with other units, the first reinforcements were almost universally 1 Officer and 93 ORs. Assuming the Cameron Hldrs were no different, this might imply 1,161 OR reinforcements arrived between disembarkation and the end of Dec 1914. ...which might go some way to balance the losses of 1,000 men in the second half of October 1914. Edit. The OH states that virtully every battalion received its first reinforcements on the 4th/5th September 1914. If anyone has the 1st Bn Cameraon Highlanders' published history and can add any significant data points and in particular any numbers on strength during the period, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks in advance. MG Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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