1/9th Battalion War Diary - January to March, 1916

[Trench map 35c N.W.3. and parts of 1, 2 and 4 and BETHUNE COMBINED SHEET] JANUARY
G.23 and G.24 1st In reserve trenches. One other rank wounded.
5 p.m. - Moved into front line trenches from H 25 a S5 to H 19 a 08 and took over from 6th WELCH. 1st GLOUCESTERS on right, 1st BLACK WATCH on left. High wind from the south.
7 p.m. - 4 platoons of 9th ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS attached for instruction.
H.25A to H.19A 2nd Improvement and repair of trenches.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Germans shelled front and support lines rather heavily with heavy and field guns. No great harm done. Our artillery replied. Weather fine till evening. Wet night. One other rank killed and five wounded.
3rd Fine day. German guns more active than usual. Ours retaliate.
4th Same as 3rd. One officer Lt. N. R. PERRY wounded.
6.30 p.m. - Relieved by 6th WELCH. Handed over detachment of ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS to them and returned to reserve in G23 and 24.
G.23 and G.24 5th Fine.
7.30 p.m. - Relieved by 2nd ROYAL SUSSEX and marched to billets at PHILOSOPHE in G.20A
PHILOSOPHE 6th Resting and cleaning equipment, etc.
7th Battalion left 3rd Brigade.
8 a.m. - One Company left billets and marched to BETHUNE
9 a.m. - M.G. Section & Transport left billets and marched to BETHUNE
11 a.m. - Remainder of battalion left billets and marched to BETHUNE
12.30 p.m. - One company entrained.
3.30 p.m. - Remainder entrained.
Proceeded by train to PONT REMY and thence by route march towards HOCQUINCORT, 7 miles south of ABBEVILLE.
[France 1/80,000 ABBEVILLE 11]
HOCQUINCOURT 8th 1 a.m. - Arrived at HOCQUINCOURT and went into billets. Rest, cleaning etc. Battalion now forms part of 165 Brigade, 55 Division, 14 Corps, III Army. Received draft of 40 other ranks.
9th Inspections etc.
10th Inspections and training
11th Training
12th Training
13th Training
14th Training
15th Training
16th Training
17th Training
18th Training
19th Training
20th 1.30 p.m. - Marched to MERELESSART, 2 miles due south of HOCQUINCOURT and went into billets.
MERELESSART 21st Training
22nd Training. Received draft of 2 officers - 2nd Lt. H.A. RILEY and 2nd Lt. W.A. REID and 19 other ranks.
23rd Rest.
Lt. Col. F.W. RAMSAY, DSO relinquished command of battalion in order to take over command of 48th Infantry Brigade. Captain H.H. COVELL assumed command of battalion.
24th Training
25th Training
26th Training
27th Training
28th Training
29th Training
30th Training
31st Training
(Intld) E.D.H.S.
Commanding 9th KING'S
[Ref. Maps Sheet 11 - ABBEVILLE 1:80,000, Sheet 12 - AMIENS 1:80,000, Sheet 11 - LENS 1:100,000] FEBRUARY
MERELESSART 2nd Battalion inspected by Lord DERBY
3rd Lieut. R.S. WOODWARD, 16th KING'S, posted to this battalion, but attached to 1st Divisional Miners, transferred to England 21.1.16 and struck of strength 2.2.16
5th 10.0 a.m. - Battalion marched to billets at LONGPRES
LONGPRES 7th 9.0 a.m. Battalion marched to billets at BERTEAUCOURT.
Captain and Adjutant P.G.A. LEDERER rejoined battalion.
BERTEAUCOURT 9th Major C.P. JAMES, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders arrived and assumed temporary command of battalion.
12th 7.40 a.m. - Battalion marched via CANDAS, DOULLENS to shelters at AMPLIER. 2/Lieut. L.H. COCKRAM joined battalion.
13th 10.50 a.m. - Battalion marched via THIEVRES, - PAS, - HENU, - St. AMAND, - and POMMIER to BERLES-AU-BOIS. Transport at POMMIER.
BERLES-AU-BOIS 15th 4.30 a.m. - Battalion marched via BAILLEULMONT to MONCHIET. Transport marched independently there.
4.40 p.m. - Battalion marched via BEAUMETZ to WAILLY and relieved the supporting battalion of the 71st French Regt. 'A' and 'B' Companies, and 'C' Company (less 2 platoons) in TERRITORIAL TRENCH, and 'D' Company with 2 platoons of 'C' Company in WAILLY.
[Ref. Maps. FRANCE - Sheet 51c 1:40,000, FICHEUX - 51c S.E. & 51b S.W. (parts of) 1:10,000 FRENCH MAP]
WAILLY 16th Capt. C.H. STEWART and 2/Lieut. E. JONES joined battalion.
18th Four LEWIS guns issued to Battalion.
19th Relieved 7th KING'S (LIVERPOOL REGT.) in M1, M2, M3 and M4, MARBOEUF Sector of Trenches. One other rank killed (22nd).
23rd Battalion relieved by 7th KING'S and moved into support at WAILLY.
26th 2/Lieut. F.E. BOUNDY (1st & 2nd KING'S) left this Battalion, to which he was attached, to join 17th KING'S.
27th Relieved 7th KING'S (LIVERPOOL REGT.) in left half M2, M3 & M4, MARBOEUF Sector of Trenches.
29th Major C.G. BRADLEY, 1/5th K.O.Y.L.I. arrived and assumed command of Battalion in succession to Lt. Col. C.P. JAMES.
(Intld) P.G.A.L.
Major Commanding
9th The Kings.