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1st Royal Fusiliers Nov 1915


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I have a copy of the 1st RF War Diary dated 1/11/15 and I'm trying to identify the whereabouts of the regiment from the 1st to 3rd of Nov. They are in the trenches on the 1st, 2nd and relieved on the morning of the 3rd by the 12th RF when they then head to 'Camp D' near Renninghelst.

The 'Place' column of the diary states the following for the 1st Nov with nothing denoted for the 2nd or 3rd:

I.33. Central

Belgium

Shut 28.

Can anyone identify this location? I'm assuming that it's referring to somewhere near Hooge?

Help appreciated!

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24th Division, which 1st R.F. had recently joined, was holding the trenches at St.Eloi, near Ypres, at this time.If you've not seen it, you may find Lord Moran's 'Anatomy of Courage' of interest. He served with the battalion as their M.O. at this time.

Michael

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Have you got the whole diary or one page?

If you have the whole diary does it go back before the dates you are interested in.

If so it might name the place or a sector ref.

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24th Division, which 1st R.F. had recently joined, was holding the trenches at St.Eloi, near Ypres, at this time.If you've not seen it, you may find Lord Moran's 'Anatomy of Courage' of interest. He served with the battalion as their M.O. at this time.

Michael

Thanks Michael, I'll hunt down a copy of that one. I've since found the earlier diary at a very reasonable £3.60...prior to this the document hadn't been scanned by the National Archives and I recieved a quote for £360 so chose to wait. The earlier document reveals all and will update on this post shortly. Many Thanks, Stan

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Have you got the whole diary or one page?

If you have the whole diary does it go back before the dates you are interested in.

If so it might name the place or a sector ref.

The diary started on the 1st Nov so earlier diary evidence was required. I'm now in possession of that document and all has been revealed. The 1st Royal Fusiliers were in the 2nd line trenches near Chapelle D'Armentieres and moving forward to the location of Pigote Farm. I'm still uncertain as to the place reference in my opening post and which specific position it referes to but am happy with the detail the war diary has revealed. Many Thanks, Stan

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Stan. This may be of some help to you, but you may already have used it. JIM. http://Full text of "The Royal fusiliers in the great war" - Internet Archive

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