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Thought I would put some of these down from my database.

8th Rifle Brigade

20th May 1915 crossed to France and went into rest camp at Boulogne

28 Officers 826 other ranks

21st Left for Watten, on arrival Btn marched to Merckeghem

22nd - 25th Route Marches

26th Battalion marched to Zuytpeene

27th Battalion marched to Le Cos de Paille

28th Battalion marched to billets in farms, 1 mile east of Bailleul.

29th - 30th "B" and "C" Companies attached for trench instruction

"B" Coy to 5th North Staffordshires

"C" Coy to 5th South Staffordhire Regiment

"A" and "D" Coys attached to 2/6th South Staffordshire Regiment



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where did you get this information from? very interesting!


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Hi Steve,

The returns come from the War Diary and the shortened version of events comes from the 1918 Rifle Brigade Chronicles and the War Service Record.

Have prepared most months of a good deal of the Battalions of the Regiment, each time I go to Kew bring another months or two returns and field returns home and then enter them in my database.


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8th Battalion June 1915

1st - 5th: "A" and "D" Companies went into trenches for their four days instruction. The remainder of the Battalion employed in digging G.H.Q. line

6th: Battalion marched to Rozenhill huts near La Clytte.

7th: Battalion marched into trenches and took over from the 85th Brigade.

8th - 9th: In trenches

10th: Battalion marched into Dickebusch and became Brigade Reserve.

11th: Pioneer Farm in Brigade Reserve

12th Battalion relieved by 1st Cheshire Regiment and marched to Rozenhill huts

13th: Cleaning billets.

14th: Marched into billets about two miles west of Pperinghe.

15th: Battalion with remainder of Brigade marched into C and D hutmanrts one mile south of Vlamertinghe.

16th: Preliminary bombardment for attack by 3rd Division commenced at 2.50 a.m. continued until 4.15 a.m. At noon Battalion was ordered to be ready to move and at 12.20 it was ordered to march into G.H.Q. line. At 4 p.m. the 42nd Brigade mived up to reinforce 3rd Division attack.

17th - 18th: G.H.Q. line in reserve

19th: Battalion marched to C and D huts west of Vlamertinghe

20th: Battalion marched into A and B huts at Vlamertinghe. Battalion digging shelter trenches, water found less than three feet below surface. Camp shelled in the afternoon.

21st - 25th: Spent in omproving shelter trenches, route marches and Company training. Camp shelled daily.

27th: Digging communication trenches from G.H.Q. line to support trenches at night.

28th: 3 men wounded in camp

29th: Battalion moved into trenches north of Hooge.

30th: In trenches.


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July 1915

1st Trenches east of Ypres

2nd North Midland Artillery fired into our trenches

3rd Heavy Shelling

4th Heavy Shelling

5th After heavy bombardment Germans blew in our advanced barrier by trench 12

8th Relieved by 5th Oxs & Bucks L.I.

9th Arrived at rest camp 2 miles south of Poperinghe

10th & 11th In billets

12th GOC Commanding Brigade inspected sanitary arrangements of the billets

13th GOC Commanding Brigade inspected bombs and bombing arrangements

15th GOC Commanding Brigade came and opened a snipe range made by the Battalion

16th & 17th Work as usual

18th to 21st In billets. Route marching etc

22nd Battalion marched into Brigade reserve billets via Poperinghe. "A" and "B" Companies in the ramparts, "C" and "D" Comanies in dug outs north and south of the Ypres - Poperinghe road about 1 mile from Ypres.

23rd Billets

25th Division transferred for Vth to VIth Corps

28th Gingerbread Chateau

29th Battalion took over trenches held by 7th RB's at Hooge, 2 Companies in firing line, 2 in support, take over complete by 2 a.m. on 30th

30th Liquid Fire Attack

31st 2 a.m. Battalion relieved, bivouac east of Pperinghe

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Hi Christina,

The casualty lists and field returns come from the war diaries, the shortened version of the battalions movements and what they actually did and where comes from the Chronicles and the War Service Record of the relevant battalion.

I am glad that they are of use as they are an invaluable resource as to wounds etc etc, unfortunately as if so often the case after the Somme the entries as to the nature of wound is not quite as detailed.


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8th Rifle Brigade, August 1915

1st Resting

2nd Inspected by Lieutenant - General Sir John Keir who thanked the Battalion for its steadfastness at Hooge during the recent Flamethrower attack.

3rd Battalion marched to cellars in Ypres

4th Diggig G.H.Q. lines

5th Whole Battalion mustering 200, digging. Draft of 50 arrived at transport lines

6th - 9th Digging, on the 9th a draft of 110 arrived.

10th Left cellars at Ypres and marched to bivouac one and a half miles east of Poperinghe.

11th Fourteen officers arrived for the Battalion.

13th Canal bank north of Ypres

23rd In trenches - quiet day

25th Party of six R.E. attached for technical advice in wiring fronts

26th General officer in command visited trenches. A letter received from the King through Lord Stamfordham sympathising with the Rifle Brigade on it's losses.

27th New patent gas helmet issued to certain specialists such as machine gunners.

29th A representative of the Munitions Board visited the trenches

30th New pattern iron sniper scope taken into use.

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Rather topical at the moment

September 1915

1st Usual German artillery retaliation for the bombardment by the 3rd Division.

2nd - 4th Weather very bad, trenches flooded.

5th Draft of twenty seven N.C.O.'s and thirty Riflemen arrived at Transport camp.

6th Battalion relieved at night by 8th KRRC, marched to Gingerbread Chateau, picked up by omnibus and taken to Watou.

7th Watou. Officially announced that the V.C. has been awarded to Lieutenant S.C. Woodroffe, the D.S.O. to Captain Sheepshanks, and the D.C.M. to Rifleman F. Hamilton.

8th - 9th At 9a.m. careful medical examination of Battalion took place, thirty five were found absolutely unfit, ten under age, fifteen suffering from nervous breakdown.

10th - 12th Spent digging etc

13th Battalion moved into Brigade Reserve

14th - 15th Weather fair in the trenches. Lt. - Gen. Sir John Keir, Commander VIth Corps inspected transport on the 15th

17th - 18th Working parties

21st Battalion marched back and bivouacked

22nd - 24th Battalion in bivouac. A.D.M.S. inspected and med under 17 sent back to England.

25th Suddenly ordered at 10 a.m. to move forward

26th Battalion ordered to stand to in case of an attack by the Germans.

27th C.O., Adjutant and Coy C.O.'s reconnoitred trenches of DOCLI.

28th Machine gunners, Bombers and signallers moved at 9 a.m. to relieve DOCLI in trenches opposite Bellewarde Farm. Battalion moved from Menin Gate at 1 p.m. to take over.

29th Pouring wet day, trenches waterlogged.

30th Heavy rain.

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8th Rifle Brigade

October 1915

1st Trenches drying up

2nd - 5th In trenches, usual bombardments, on the 5th a draft of twenty arrived.

6th Heavy rain again. Relieved at night by 7th KRRC

7th Relieved KRRC in support trenches

10th Quiet Day

11th Battalion relieved by the 7th RB, marched to billets. The problem has arisen as to how to deal with men whose nerves have become broken in the trenches.

12th In huts. Fine and warm

13th Marched with H.Q. to Kaaie Salient. "A" and "D" in support of the 9th RB

14th - 15th Nothing doing. Woking parties etc etc.

16th Darft of thirty four arrived at Transport lines. Received sudden orders at 8 p.m. to take over a section from the 9th RB which had suffered heavy casualties.

17th Potijze - Trenches

18th Relieved at dusk by 8th KSLI

19th Moved to L Farm and trenches in rel;ief of 7th RB who went to Railway Wood.

20th - 21st L Farm, Quiet days

22nd Fine and quiet, relieved in farm by 1st KSLI. Fatigue party of 250 men suddenly warned at 6 a.m. to take mining companies stores to Railway Wood. Battalion entrained at Asylum, Ypres railed to Poperinghe.

23rd Copperhollehoek - In rest cmp of 49th Division

24th General Officer in command issued cards for gallantry and meritious services.

25th Pouring wet day. All companies bathed at Poperinghe

26th - 27th Captain Sheepshanks and twenty five Riflemen represented us in an inspection of the VIth Corps by the King near Abeele.

28th Medical Officer, VIth Corps held enquiry into the fact that we had thirty seven cases of trench feet during our last trench tour.

29th Route March

30th Battalion in Camp.

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No casualty list survives regarding this month. However going through the war diary we can find these.

7th February 1916

7th: Direct hit on Battalion H.Q. Mess wounded

Major C.H.N. Sheepshanks DSO

Capt A.C. Sheepshanks DSO

Capt H. Dunkerley (RAMC)

20 other ranks wounded by shelling

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March 1916

In March the Battalion was in the Arras sector two tours of trench duty were carried out.


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April 1916

During April the Battalion continued in the Arras are. Two tours of trench duty were carried out.


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8th Rifle Brigade


The Battalion remained in the Arras area until the 16th May when it marched via Savy and Mont St. Eloy to La Targette. Most of the reaminder of the month was employed on mining work.

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June 1916

During the first part of June the Battalion was at La Targette whence trench duty was carried out.

On the 19th the Battalion moved to Ecoivres and on to St. Nicolas, whence trench duty was carried out in the trenches east of Roclincourt.

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January 1918

3rd. The Battalion moved from Esquerdes to Sailly-le-Sec on the right bank of the Somme, some 12 miles east of Amiens.

22nd. Marched to Mezieres, and thence by Roye and Bienes, arriving on the 25th at Clastres, 5 miles south of St. Quentin on the east of the Cozat canal.

26th. Took over a portion of the front line near Itancourt from the 413th and 416th French Regiments.



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February 1918.

3rd. The Battalion was relieved and returned to Clastres. It was again in the line on the 9th to 20th. During this tour the enemy attempted a raid, but it was repulsed.

All this month aeroplane activity was great.

This is the last month casualty returns in the War Diary. I was going to post a couple more Battalions casualty returns on peoples requests, but, unfortunately I will be unable to due to be inability to place uploads on the forum as of the 1/12/05 and I am not going to sit here typing page after page of casualty returns.

To those of you who have followed these casualty returns, I hope that they have been of use.



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