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2nd Gordons Battle of Broodseinde 17


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Can someone help me with a copy of the War Diary and attachments of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders in the Battle of Broodseinde (period around 4th of October)?

Thanks

Erwin

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Erwin

I do not have the Gordon Highlanders, but have the 8th Devonshires. They were both 7th Division and were close during that attack.

Let me know if they are of any help

regards

John

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That would be kind of you. Do you have them in scan or transcribed?

I "ll send my email

Thanks

Erwin

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Erwin

I do not have the Bn diary but there are a couple of paragraphs on this in Falls' "Life of Regiment" vol IV 1914-19. If you would like me to transcribe them for you PM me an email address and I would be happy to.

Losses for 2nd Bn given as 3 officers and 50 other ranks killed, (9 officers wounded, 236 o/r wounded - 26 missing).

Also reports Gordons as taking 70 prisoners.

Chris

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Excuse me for butting in here boys ... but I have a question. In relation to the units you are speaking of where would the 44th Bn AIF have been? My uncle DOW 4th October and there is not much information in the battalion diary about this engagement.

Bright Blessings

Sandra

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Excuse me for butting in here boys ... but I have a question. In relation to the units you are speaking of where would the 44th Bn AIF have been? My uncle DOW 4th October and there is not much information in the battalion diary about this engagement.

Bright Blessings

Sandra

Hi Sandra

I do not think the 44th were engaged that day. They were part of 11 (Aus)th Brigade, 3rd ANZAC Div. I believe that only 9th Brigade took part. As he died of wounds, it could have been prior to 4th October when he was wounded. Were is he buried?.

I will be at Plugstreet in April and will get a better photo of Mellowship's grave (hopefully)

stevem

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Erwin

They are pdf files, so let me have your e-mail and I'll get them to you

kind regards

John

Hi John

Have PM'ed my email yesterday evening. Please let me know if you didn't receive it. Thanks

Erwin

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Hi Sandra

I do not think the 44th were engaged that day. They were part of 11 (Aus)th Brigade, 3rd ANZAC Div. I believe that only 9th Brigade took part. As he died of wounds, it could have been prior to 4th October when he was wounded. Were is he buried?.

I will be at Plugstreet in April and will get a better photo of Mellowship's grave (hopefully)

stevem

Hello Steve :)

He is buried in Nine Elms and you have already taken the photograph for me :)

Harold George DAY.

As I understood it he died of wounds received that day ... the letter from the Sister in Charge said he was brought into the hospital at 12 noon on the 4th and died at 5.30 the same day.

Have a safe trip Steve :)

Bright Blessings

Sandra

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Hi Sandra,

According to "The day by day account" Battle of Passchendaele by Chris MacCarthy

the 44th Bn did take part in the 4th October attack. The 3rd (aust) Division had taken over the line from the 3rd(Imp) Div on September 30th.

page 101 :

" The Division attacked at 5.25 am, zero hour, with two brigades.

11th Aus Brigade atatcked with the 44th Bn; the 41st were in support. They were held up by the Seine strongpoint, but this was rushed by parts of the 41st, who went on to the final objective and dug in."

Regards,

KOYLI

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Thanks KYOLI

I transcribed the respective page from the 44th unit diary today and sent it to Steve.

the War Diary entry for 44th battalion covers 1-2-3-4 October.

"Battalion resting. Battalion moved up to Ypres night of 3/4th. Attacking troops moved to points of assembly which was reached at 3-20am on 4th. Night was cloudy and overcast light rain falling during the three hours before zero hour (6am 4-10-17) Heavy enemy shelling took place prior to 6am but few casualties. The 3rd division attacked with 11th Brigade on right and 10th Brigade on left. 11th Brigade attacked with 43 and 42nd battalion, the 42nd bn leap frogging through during a 12 minutes halt of the barrage and halting on the RED LINE also the 44th and 41st battalions the later coming through to the final BLUE LINE and consolidating. The 44th BN attacked with ? Coy on right and ? Coy in the centre and D Coy on left and C Coy were in reserve.The battalion passed through 43 and 42nd battalions. After passing through 42nd battalion barrage halted for 47 minutes during which time companies and battalion generally reorganised into attack formation. Battalion moved forward keeping close up to the barrage. On arrival at DARING CROSSING ROAD we realised we were nearly at our objective, we went forward another 100 yards and commenced to consolidate the 41st battalion passing through us for their final objective. During the advance we suffered very slightly from enemy shelling. Occasionally fights were put up by enemy machine guns and a good number of prisoners were taken and sent back under escort. After consolidation had started no rest enemy shelling was on DARING CROSSING ROAD 100x behind our front line. C O ? calls went up frequently during the day and promptly answered by artillery and machine guns. Hot food and rations arrived and were issued within 24 hours after gaining objective. On the night of the 5th and 6th October the battalion was relieved by the 2/6th Manchester Regiment."

Bright Blessings

Sandra

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