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2 Kings Royal Rifle Corps April May 1915

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wulsten

Can anyone help with the war diary entries to the 2nd KRRC 25th April 1915 and their involvement on the 9th May 1915, the war diary i have is from June 1915

 

any help as ever appreciated,

 

Geoff

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GraemeClarke

     The War Diary records,

    “9 May 1915 - A lovely clear day and much cooler. The battalion had tea at 1.30am and then rested till 5am when a heavy bombardment of the enemy’s lines commenced. The orders to the battalion were to follow the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment and, on reaching the German trenches, to secure the right flank by clearing the trenches for a distance of about 800 yards.

     At 5.25am the battalion began to advance under cover of an intense bombardment which commenced at 5.30am. “A” Company was on the right and “C” Company on the left, each with 2 platoons in the firing line and 2 in support. “B” and “D” Companies followed in reserve in the same formation. H.Q. moved up to our front trench with the reserve.

     It was soon evident that our task was going to be very difficult. The enemy’s wire showed no sign of being cut and the Northants Regiment were held up by machine gun fire; moreover the enemy’s shelling was very heavy. However our two leading companies went forward with great dash to reinforce, but, although the leading platoons got within about 30 yards of the wire, they were unable to get on. Captain Harris was wounded and 2nd Lt. Farmer took command of “C” Company. Captain Upton was killed by machine gun fire immediately after, and the men in front were falling rapidly.

     A report was sent to Brigade H.Q., and a further bombardment was ordered but without much effect. Eventually about 7.30, the battalion received orders to withdraw to the north side of the Rue du Bois. The two leading companies were withdrawn to the front trench as far as possible and by 11.20 the whole battalion had reached the support trenches, being relieved by the 1st Brigade.

     Another assault was ordered for 4pm, to be carried out by the 1st Brigade. “B” and “D” Companies were sent to occupy the front trench, whilst the assault was going on. The assault failed, and about 6.30pm these companies rejoined the battalion north of the Rue du Bois.

     At 12.20am we received orders to move back to Essars into Corps Reserve.

     The shelling was very heavy all day, and there were many casualties on this account besides those in “A” and “C” Companies. During the night 2md Lt. Collins with the battalion stretcher bearers and a party of volunteers searched the ground in front of our trenches and brought in 28 wounded belonging to the two regiments. They also brought in the pay books of some 20 dead.

     Casualties:- 4 officers killed, 5 wounded and 2 missing. Other ranks 42 killed, 118 wounded and 80 missing.”

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wulsten

Graeme,

 

thanks for the reply very much appreciated, i have also found a bit of info from the battleground Europe series book on Aubers Ridge, so compliments your info greatly, again very much appreciated,

 

Geoff

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