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5th Royal Scots - July 1915


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Im interested in piecing together as much information as possible about the 5Th Royal Scots' activity in June and July 1915, specifically the period between july 1 and july 11.

Which battalion relieved them on 11th July?

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Which battalion relieved them on 11th July?



I believe that it was the 6th Bn Loyal North Lancashire


Their WD [WO/95/4302 Image ref 280 p.164] has this entry for 11th July 1915


“3pm Took over trenches ….......from Royal Scots firing line & support”


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does it mention anything about the death of Capt Picot of Royal Scots who was killed whilst showing relieving officers around the trenches on the 11th?

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No, there is no ref to this incident in their WD

Even the WD of the 5th RS [WO95/4312 image ref 467 p.67] does not go into much detail

“Captain Picot who commanded Battalion in absence of Lt Colonel Wilson (sick) when showing officers of relieving Battn. round trenches in the afternoon was killed by sniper.”

However, Westlake in his 'British Regiments at Gallipoli' does add the following tiny bit of info

quote - Captain P S Picot (14th Notts & Derby, attached)

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From Britsih regiments at Gallipoli. July Withdrew to X beaxh (3rd) The battalion had been reduced to less than the strength of one company. None of the original officers except Lt Col Wilson remained. Relieved 1st KOSB in firing line (7th) top of Gully Ravine to right. Relieved and to X beach 4pm. (11th) Capt P.S.Pricot ( 14th Nots and Derby attached) killed by sniper whilst showing relieving batt around trenches. To V beach10pm and embarked for Mudros. Sailed for Gallipoli (28th) Landed V Beach Helles during evening and to X beach. Moved forward to Eski Line in reserve ( 30th).

The 5th got an hammering In June.

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The 1/5th Royal Scots War Diary on 1st July 1915 records Capt Picot's arrival:

Still in trenches.

The following Officers joined to-day from the 14th Notts and Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)

3 Captains: P S Picot, R H Griffith, J M McCloud

Lt G W Frost

2 Lt J S Robinson

And Lt A V C McPherson from 14th Highland Light Infantry.

All names and initials tally with the May 1915 Army List. An interesting example of Kitchener men joining a TF Battalion in mid 1915. The Sherwood Foresters had no battalions in theatre until 6th August (9th Bn with the 11th (Northern) Div, part of the K1) MG

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