G Hammond letter Feb 16

Moorside

Crowborough

Friday

2.16

Dear Gladys,

I had a letter from Fred during the week he has gone back to the trenches.  It is beastly weather for him.  I had a letter from Elsie this week telling me that Aunt Sarah had been over.  How are you getting along with the scholarship.   I have some very interesting news for you this week.  Last Sunday to Monday I was in bed again with influenza but am quite alright now.

Well last Wednesday 3 of us were absorbed into the Battalion strength – this means that I am no longer an additional officer liable to be moved to any other unit, but am a fixture.  In peace time this is considered to be promotion on the first step towards real promotion.  Well to improve matters there was an examination on Thursday for junior officers by the Divisional Board unless this exam is passed they will not send us out.  To get on with the tale there was an oral exam and we had to parade again at 5pm for a written exam only those who had passed the oral were allowed to stay, you will be surprised to hear that only 14 out of the whole Brigade passed – 3 were from out Battalion and I was one of them.  I have been working very hard lately as I wanted promotion as much as anyone.  My OC Company, the junior Major, was delighted and congratulated me.

The greatest event of all is that Burn’s marriage is off.  Mr. A wrote to his father telling him what A had called his mother his father has ticked him off.  Then Mrs. A went over to Stockport and saw Mrs. Brocklehurst and told her everything she possible could – result Arthur the juggler is rejected and all arrangements had been made for a wedding to take place the first week in March.  I will give you more details when I come home, I rather dislike the thought of meeting AB again.  He will be sure to think I am the originator of all of this however it serves him right.

Well I have no more news at present, next time you write make it a bit longer & find out how much Harding will let me have 500 of my special cigarettes for.  I am enclosing 10/- for a birthday present, can’t raise more at present

Fondest love to all

Your loving brother

George

 

PS Many happy returns dear. G

55th West Lancs Artillery Order 7

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Appendix I

Copy No 14

 

55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

Order No 7

 

29th February 1916

Ref: 1/20,000 sheet 51c S.E. and 1/100,000 sheet 11. LENS

 

  1. The 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde is to be relieved in the 55th Divisional Artillery by the 14th Bde R.F.A., 68th & 88th Batteries R.F.A. (each of 6 – 18 pr guns) from the 4th Division.
  2. The 68th and 88th Batteries will take over the positions at present occupied by the 12th, 13th and 14th Lancs Batteries and will be under the tactical control of Lt. Col J.P. Reynolds, Comdg Left Group, but will continue to be administered by C.C. 14th Brigade R.F.A.

The 13th Lancs Battery will replace the 1st Staffs Battery and remain in the Left Group.

The 12th Lancs Battery will replace the 2nd Staffs Battery under tactical control of Lt. Col L.J. Osborn, Comdg Right Group.

The 14th Lancs Battery will replace the 3rd Staffs Battery under tactical control of Lt. Col. T.E. Topping D.S.O. Comdg Left Centre Group.

C.C. 3rd West Lancs F.A. Bde will continue to administer 12th and 14th Lancs Batteries.

  1. To effect the above the following moves will be carried out by sections on the nights 1st/2nd & 2nd/3rd March, to commence at 7.30 p.m. each night.

Night 1st/2nd March

(a) Right section 88th Battery will relieve Right Section 13th Lancs battery at R.10.a.2.7.

Right section 68th Battery will relieve Left Section 14th Lancs Battery at R.10.a.4.8.

Centre Section 68th Battery will relieve Right Section 12th Lancs Battery at R.10.a.6.9.

 

(b) Sections thus relieved will then relieve corresponding sections of 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde.

13th Lancs Bty – 1st Staffs Bty at R.9.c.2.9.

14th     “       “      3rd     “      “   at R14.b.8.9.

12th   “        “      2nd     “      “   at Q.24.a.9 ½ 2 ½.

(c) Sections of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Staffs Batteries will on relief move to wagon lines.

Night 2nd/3rd March

(a) Centre Section 88th Battery will relieve Left Section 13th Lancs Battery.

Left Section 88th Battery will relieve Right Section 14th Lancs Battery.

Left Section 68th Battery will relieve Left Section 12th Lancs Battery.

(b) sections thus relieved will then relieve corresponding sections of 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde.

13th Lancs Battery – 1st Staffs Bty at R9c.2.9

14th Lancs Battery – 3rd Staffs Bty at R14b8.9.

12th Lancs Battery – 2nd Staffs Bty at Q24a.9 ½ .2 ½.

(c) Sections of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Staffs Batteries will on relief move to the wagon lines.

No movement of vehicles will take place E. of BEAUMETZ before 5.45 p.m. on each night.

No section will move from its present position until arrival of relieving section.

  1. H.Q.14th Brigade R.F.A. is to move to billets at BEAUMETZ arriving 12 noon March 1st O.C. 14th Brigade R.F.A. will take over from 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde by direct arrangement with the later.
  2. O’s C. relieving batteries will not take over command at their new positions until the relief has been completed.
  3. Wagon lines for 68th and 88th Batteries will be at SAULTY.
  4. On March 1st the 14th Brigade Ammunition Column is to move to SAULTY and section 4th Divisional Ammunition Column to GRINCOURT where it will be attached to 55th Divisional Ammunition Column.
  5. Instructions regarding supply of ammunition and moves of units of 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde will be issued later.

 

 

  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th Divisional Arty.

 

 

Issued at 8.30 p.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group Comdr. 1st W.L. F.A. Bde.

  1. Centre Group Comdr 2nd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  2. Left Group Comdr 3rd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  3. 4th W.L. F.A. Bde.
  4. 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde.
  5. 4th North Midland F.A. Bde.
  6. 55th Div. Amm. Col.
  7. 55th Div (G)
  8. 4th Div Arty
  9. 14th Brigade R.F.A.
  10. do
  11.              do
  12. File.
  13. War Diary.
  14. Staff Capt.
  15. Signals.
  16. 7th Corps Arty.

 

55th West Lancs Artillery

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Appendix I (a)

Copy No 14

 

55th (West Lancs:) Divisional Artillery

 

 

29th February 1916

Reference Map 1/100,000 Sheet no 11 LENS

 

  1. The following moves will take place tomorrow March 1st, in accordance with instructions from 7th Corps.

2nd North Mid. Ammn. Column at SAULTY and section 46th D.A.C. (attached 55th D.A.C.) at WARLINCOURT, will move at 7 p.m. to billets at a place to be notified later.

  1. The 14th Bde A.C. from 4th Division is to arrive at SAULTY at 2 p.m. March 1st and will be responsible for supply of ammunition to its own sections and those of the 18 pr Bde (3rd W. Lancs) which it is relieving at and after 7 p.m. March 1st.

 

O.C. 3rd W. Lancs Ammn. Column at SAULTY will provide guides as required by O.C. 14th B.A.C.

  1. The 3rd West Lancs Ammn. Column will be responsible for supply of ammunition to its own sections which relieve those of 2nd N. Mid Bde and to sections of the 2nd N.M.F.A. Bde at and after 7 p.m. March 1st.
  2. Sections 4th Divisional Ammunition Column is to join 55th Divisional Ammunition Column at GRINCOURT near WARLINCOURT at 2 p.m. March 1st and will commence supply of ammunition at and after 7 p.m. March 1st.
  3. Wagon Lines of one Battery 2nd N.M.F.A. Bde will move from BAVINCOURT to billets at SAULTY vacated by 2nd N.M. Ammn. Column under Brigade arrangements.

 

 

  1. Benson

Major R.A.

Brigade Major

55th Divisional Arty.

 

 

Issued at 9.15 p.m.

Copy no    1.  Right Group Comdr. 1st W.L. F.A. Bde.

  1. Centre Group Comdr 2nd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  2. Left Group Comdr 3rd W.L. F.A. Bde.
  3. 4th W.L. F.A. Bde.
  4. 2nd North Midland F.A. Bde.
  5. 4th North Midland F.A. Bde.
  6. 55th Div. Amm. Col.
  7. 55th Div (G)
  8. 4th Div Arty
  9. 14th Brigade R.F.A.
  10. do
  11. do
  12. File.
  13. War Diary.
  14. Staff Capt.
  15. Signals.
  16. 7th Corps Arty.
  17. Town Major SAULTY

 

 

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Dec 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Dec 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Wednesday 1st December 1915:  Shelled.  Rain.  Dec opens wet.  Rations 10.30 – 3.30.  Promoted to Paid a/c Bdr. (4 ½ d extra per day) Harry Eagle & Barber pro a/c Bdrs (unpaid.)

Thursday 2nd December 1915: Rose at 8 pm [8 am].  Rations 11 – 3.20.  Wet day.  Oilskin fine.  Early to bed.

Friday 3rd December 1915:     Rose at 8 am.  Went for rations from 10.30 – 3.30.  Wagon stuck.  Building new winter bivouac.  Bed at 9 pm.

Saturday 4th December 1915: Rose at 8.  Rations at 11 – 4 pm.  Wagon stuck in mud.  On H.Q. guard.  Rum issue.  Nice guard.

Dec 1st.  Whilst proceeding through Poperinghe at 1.30 pm, the Germans bombarded the town.  First two shells 100 yds behind the wagon, just off the road.  20 or more shells burst.  Population terror-stricken.  Terrible sight.

Sunday 5th December 1915:    Fine in morning.  No rations.  Building new bivouac. “Tres bon”.  Raining later.  Letter from home.

Monday 6th December 1915:  Rose at 5 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Drew rations at 8 – 11 am on Elverdinghe Road at new Railhead.  Rather slow, but will prove a success.

Tuesday 7th December 1915:  Rose at 5 am.  Joined A.S.C. 6.45 am.  Rations 8 – 930.  “Home” at 11.  Saw one of our aeroplanes brought down by enemy.  Landed on tip of wings.  Pcl from Scarbro’.

Wednesday 8th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined A.S.C. at 6.45.  Away with rations at 8.30.  Remarkably quick.  Spent afternoon building new bivouac & writing letters.  On Guard.

Thursday 9th December 1915: Went for rations 5 am – 11 am.  Coal 12-30 – 4 pm. Capt Walker goes on his 2nd leave.  Rotten Day – Raining all day.

Friday 10th December 1915:  Rose at 6.30 am.  Late for train.  Walked to A.S.C.  Back at 10.30.  Transferred all ammunition to H.Q.    Heavy work.

Saturday 11th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Drew rations & back at 10.30. Reading & writing rest of day.

N.B.  I have been acting Q.M.S. for the whole D.A.C., Q.M.S. Shearman being too idle to get up at 5 am!

Sunday 12th December 1915:  Rose at 5.30 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45.  Back at 11 am.  Received two pcls from home.  On Guard at H.Q.  Beastly Cold.  (Redge Dean comes over to see us again.  Jolly good tea).

Monday 13th December 1915: Rose at 5.30 am.  Drew rations and returned at 11.  Cold weather & a change to first!

Tuesday 14th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am.  Cold & dark morning.  Back at 10.30 am.  Had a jolly good tea. Invited Clough & Forsythe.  Ham, Sausage, Cake etc.

Wednesday 15th December 1915: Rose at 6 am.  Joined Div Train 6.45 am. Drew Rations & arrived back at 10.30 am.  Rest of day writing & reading in farm.  Beastly cold & frosty.

Thursday 16th December 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 am.  Back at 11 am.  Spent afternoon reading & writing.  On Guard at night.

Friday 17th December 1915:   Went for rations at 6.30.  Back at 11.  Great aeroplane duel over us.  Thrilling at night in farm house.

Saturday 18th December 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 & back at 11.30.  Very quiet.

Poperinghe – Ben Rhydding.

Sunday 19th December 1915:  3.30 am.  Germans launch big gas attack & come over 3 times.  Big artillery duel.

Monday 20th December 1915:                        Rations.

Tuesday 21st December 1915:             Rations.

Wednesday 22nd December 1915:      Rations.

Thursday 23rd December 1915:           Rations.

Friday 24th December 1915:   Went for rations at 6.30 am.  Back 10.30.  Spent aft preparing for Xmas Dinner at Farm.  Excellent dinner at 6 pm – steak & kidney pie – plum pudding etc.  At 9.30 Capt Walker gave me pass for leave.  Exciting.

Saturday 25th December 1915: Left Camp 3.30 am with Sergt Becket.  Left Poperinghe 4.50 am.  Arr Boulogne 2 pm.  Left Boulogne 3.3 0 & arr Folkestone 5.15 pm.  Arrived Victoria 10.30 pm.  Left St Pancras at 12 midnight &             arrived Leeds 4.50 am.  Went to Y.M.C.A. until 7.45.  Left Leeds 8 am & arrived Ben R. 9.10 am.  Great excitement.  Dad & mother Cries with joy.  Grand in “Blighty”.

Ben R.

Sunday 26th December 1915:              Arrived Ben R 9.10.  Slept 18 hours.

Monday 27th December 1915:                        Visiting.

Tuesday 28th December 1915:            Visiting.

Wednesday 29th December 1915:       Went to Scarbro’ for the day.

Thursday 30th December 1915:           Visiting.

Friday 31st December 1915:                Left Ben R. at 10 pm. for Belgium.  Good bye dear old Ben R.

 

 

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Nov 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Nov 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Wagon Lines (1st) Poperinghe

Monday 1st November 1915:  Rose at 9.30.  Nothing doing all day.  Said “Goodbye” to Arnold & left the guns at 6.30 pm in the mess cart.  Terrible night.  Raining hard.  Wet through.  Stayed at wagon lines.

Tuesday 2nd November 1915: Up at 7.  Raining hard.  Nothing to eat.  Already “fed up” with the wagon lines.  Very ungenerous.  Mud awful.  Bdr Forster & Wilde leave for D.A.C.

Wednesday 3rd November 1915: Up at 7.  Spent whole at wagon lines.  Raining.  Mud terrible.  Miserable doing nothing.  T.O. Butler leaves with his kit & mine.  Had an awful night.

Thursday 4th November 1915: Left wagon lines at 7 am on forage wagon & arrived back at 9.30.  Had a wash! (1st time for 4 days).  Rowdy interview with P.W.H.  Working all aft.  Went to Elverdinghe 6 pm – 12 pm.

Friday 5th November 1915:     Up at 6 am to go for forage & rations.  Mud terrible. Back at 10.30 am.  Letter writing until dinner.  Working on new stables in afternoon.  On Guard.  Raining hard.  Cold.

Saturday 6th November 1915: Went for rations at 6.30 & back at 10 am.  Letters noon.  New stables in afternoon.  All camp awakened at midnight to fetch 4 wagons out of ditch.  They were returning from Elverdinghe full of bricks.  Poor night’s sleep.

Poperinghe.

Sunday 7th November 1915:   Up at 6.30 for rations.  Back at 10.  “Woodbines” issued (35).  Raining hard.  Mud 9” deep.

Monday 8th November 1915:  Rose at 6 am to go for rations.  Back at 10.  Roads simply treacherous.  Fine day.  Working & filling sandbags all afternoon.

Tuesday 9th November 1915:  Rose at 6 am to go for rations.  Back at 10 am.  Breakfast.  Letters noon.  Working at new stables.  On Guard.  Terrible night.

Wednesday 10th November 1915:  Went for rations at 6.30.  Back at 10 am & then had breakfast.  Letters noon.  Working on new stables.  Good night’s sleep.

Thursday 11th November 1915: Rose at 5.30 am to go for rations.  Back at 11.  Letters 12.  Working hard all afternoon at new stables.  Parcel & letters from home.

Friday 12th November 1915:   Rose at 6.30 am & went for rations.  Back at 11. Letters noon.  Working at new stables all afternoon.  Early to bed.

Saturday 13th November 1915: Rose at 5.30 to go for rations.  Joined Div. Train at 7.  Back at 11.  Went for coal in afternoon.  On Guard.  Wet & cold.  Beastly.

Sunday 14th November 1915: Rose at 6.30.  Went for rations.  Good tobacco & cig issue.  Fine day.  Building new (winter) bivouac.

Monday 15th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Went on Sick Parade with 5 boils on my neck.  Dressed them 3 times during day.  Early to bed.  Made fire in bivouac.

Tuesday 16th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 am.  Received 3 letters & 3 papers.  Writing letters & reading all afternoon.  German shelling a good deal.

Wednesday 17th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 & 2 pm.  Boils improving.  Wet day.  Letter writing & reading all day.  Early to bed.

Thursday 18th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9 & 2 pm.  Boils getting on much better.  Plenty of matter issuing.  Wet day in aft.  Great Air raid by 10 German planes.  Bombs dropped quite near us.

Friday 19th November 1915:   Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 9.  Went with Harry Eagle for letters at noon. Reading & writing in afternoon.  Paid 25 francs.

Saturday 20th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor at 10 am.  off duty.  Spent day in reading & writing.

Sunday 21st November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  On duty again although alt doctor.  Went to Amm Col with Amm Stuck.

Monday 22nd November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Neck healing up.  Went for rations.  Back at 4.  Good dinner.  Early to bed.              Frosty.

Tuesday 23rd November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Went for rations at 11 am.  Back at 4 pm.  Roads terribly treacherous.  On         Guard.  Very mild. – Rain.

Wednesday 24th November 1915: Got two teams off to Ypres at 6 am.  Saw Doctor at 9.30.  Neck nearly better.  Went for rations at 11.  Back at 3.30 pm.  Writing letters until tea.  Early to bed.

Thursday 25th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30 pm.  Roads simply awful.  Letter writing before tea.  Bed 7 pm.

Friday 26th November 1915:   Rose at 8 am.  Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30 pm.  On H.Q.            Guard.  Spent night in ** Bed 8 pm.

Saturday 27th November 1915: Terribly frosty.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Rations 11 – 3.30. Recd Gum boots, So’ Wester & waterproof waistcoat from home.

Sunday 28th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Out for rations 11 – 3.30.  Terribly frosty.  A.S.C. wagon stuck 3.30 – 5 pm.  Received Oilskin from home.

Monday 29th November 1915: Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor 9.30.  Terribly wet.  Raining all day.  Oilskin etc simply grand.  Received weekly pcl from home.

Tuesday 30th November 1915:  Rose at 8.  Saw Doctor for the last time at 9.30.  Neck quite better.  Rations at 10.30 – 3.30.  On Guard.  Not so cold as of late.  Decent guard on.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Oct 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Oct 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Friday 1st October 1915:         Went for rations at 9.15.  Cold wind.  Bad headache.  Stomach upset.  Afternoon at the latrines & in the bivouac.

Saturday 2nd October 1915:    Went for rations at 9.15.  In bed with chill.  Shivering all over.  Bed all day.  Feeling rotten at night.

Sunday 3rd October 1915:       Still rotten.  Rations 9.15.  Back at noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Cold day. Reading & writing.

Monday 4th October 1915:      Went for rations 9.15.  Back at noon.  Helping to put up stables in aft.  Poperinghe bombarded.  41 shells.

Tuesday 5th October 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15.  Back at noon.  Football match.  We won 3-2, I scoring last goal.  Afternoon letter writing.

Wednesday 6th October 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Back at noon.  Helping Dick Clarkson to put up horse jumps.  On H.Q. Guard.  “Stood to” at 4.30 am. Cold.

Thursday 7th October 1915:    Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11 am.  In afternoon helping Cpt P.H. Walker with the horse jumps.  P.H.W. jumping later.

Friday 8th October 1915:         Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11 am.  Wrote 3 letters before dinner.  Helping T.O.B. in aft with new stabling.

Saturday 9th October 1915:     Went for rations 8.30.  Back 11 am.  Made some jelly & custard.  Afternoon – playing football.

Poperinghe & Brielen.

Sunday 10th October 1915:     Went for rations 8.30.  Afternoon holiday.  Fine & warm.  Football H.Q. guard – 15 Shells into “Pop”.

Monday 11th October 1915:    Rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Won 3 1st prizes with mules, N.C.O’s mount & harness.  Out at Pop. For P.H.W.

Tuesday 12th October 1915:    Went for rations at 8.30.  Back at 11.  Afternoon holiday.  Football & writing letters.  Evening we had a sing-song.

Wednesday 13th October 1915: Went for rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Helping T.O.B. with Stabling.  Afternoon holiday.  Played football.

Thursday 14th October 1915:  Rations 8.30.  Back at 11.  Stabling with Butler.  On H.Q. guard.  Not a wink of sleep.

Friday 15th October 1915:       Rations 8.30.  Went up to Battery for gun-drill.  Saw Arnold.  Attchd to B gun with Cpl W. Dawson.  Good night’s sleep amongst the shells.

Saturday 16th October 1915:   Rose at 9.30.  Cleaned B gun with W.L.D. and Ray Renwick.  Fired 6 shell per gun.  All batteries round about firing.  Terrific din.  Result: stopped German attack 3 times.

Brielen near Ypres.

Sunday 17th October 1915:     Got up 9.30.  Went potato digging with Butler.  Gun laying & drill.  Out at night with Arnold.

Monday 18th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  Gun laying practice.  German planes give battle to some of ours.

Tuesday 19th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  German start “clodding” Dawson’s corner & kill R.E. Colonel.  Fired 8 shell from B gun in aft.  Went to Elverdinghe bricking 12-2 am.

Wednesday 20th October 1915: Got up 9.30.  German aeroplanes over.  Air duel.  Clodding the wood by the enemy.  Fired 10 shell per gun.  Went to Brielen village with Arnold.

Thursday 21st October 1915:  Rose at 5.30. & went with Horace Tennant down to O.P. & beyond.  Heavy artillery fired on both sides.  11th Battery in action.  Tenant & I between 2 fires.  30 shells near us.

Friday 22nd October 1915:      Rose at 9.30.  D gun firing 40 lb shells.  Quite a success.  We fired 8 rounds 50 lbs.  Playing at games at night.

Saturday 23rd October 1915:   Up at 9.30. Dawson goes to Wagon lines.  Sergt Gee back from leave.  Quiet day.

N.B. We knocked two trench mortars out of action on Friday.

Sunday 24th October 1915:     Got up 9.30.  My 19th Birthday.  Had a lovely tea with Arnold & Sergt Gee.  Beautiful cake from home.  Grand day.

Monday 25th October 1915:    Got up 9.30.  Terribly wet, 1st wet day for weeks.  Stayed in dug-out writing letters & playing games.            Gramophone on.

Tuesday 26th October 1915:    Rose at 9.30.  Potato digging.  Wet day.  Amused ourselves all day with gramophone, letter writing &           reading.

Wednesday 27th October 1915: Rose at 9.30.              Went to billets for meals.  In Brielen with Arnold shopping.  Fine day.  Many aeroplane fights.  Very thrilling.

Thursday 28th October 1915:  Rose at 9.30.  “D” gun firing 40 lb shells.  Quite a success.  Firing at German transports at Pilkem Cross Roads.

Friday 29th October 1915:       Rose at 9.30.  Fine day.  Firing 40 lb shell by aeroplane observation.  Went bricking to Elverdinghe 12 – 2 am.

Saturday 30th October 1915:   Rose at 9.30.  Fine day.  Aeroplanes up again & fighting enemy planes.  Fine sight.  2 “Archies” in action at billet.

Wagon Lines (1st) Poperinghe

Sunday 31st October 1915:     Rose at 9.30!  Potato digging.  Fine day, indeed, the last fine day for some time to come.  Aeroplane battles.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Sept 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Sept 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Lovie Chateau

Wednesday 1st September 1915: 7.15 am went to 3 Towers Chateau in motor & laid cable to Briele.  Went to 11th Batt.  Saw Dove etc.  4 shells burst near in a field.  Back at 4.15 pm.

Thursday 2nd September 1915: Very wet.  Practicing speaking & morse telegraphy on Portable D.  In aft we made a Ladder Cable but abandoned it.  Wet.

Friday 3rd September 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells on Code Time.  Using telephone all day.  Good practice obtained.  Very wet.

Saturday 4th September 1915: Practicing with Telephone all day.  Recd parcels from Alan Todd & Mr. Hanson.  Also Letters from them & home.

Wretched weather.  Wet through Thurs, Friday & Sat.

Lovie Chateau nr Poperinghe

Sunday 5th September 1915:   Reveille 6 am.  Full Dress Parade at 9 am before Major Grubb D.S.O.  Raining hard all day.

Monday 6th September 1915:  Using “Wired Wireless” i.e. two D’s & two WW’s on the same line.  Wonderful invention.  Using Portable D phone.

Tuesday 7th September 1915:  Took down air line from Cable Camp to Signal Office.  Practicing on Buzzer.  Repairing a length of Cable.  Football at night.

Wednesday 8th September 1915: Left Cable Camp at 9 am – 4th Sect arrived at 10.30 am.  Afternoon holiday.  On Guard at H.Q. at night.

Thursday 9th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Back at 11.45 am.  Letters at 7 pm.  Afternoon spent in writing letters.

Friday 10th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Went to Poperinghe with G. Smith to see “Fancie”.  Met Mr. Kaye.  Lovely evening spent.  Back at 9.15.

Saturday 11th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at 12.  Aft holiday.  Football Match with R.A.M.C.  Letter from Arnold to say he is sick in base hospital.

Poperinghe.

Sunday 12th September 1915: Went for rations 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.  Had a good bath.

Monday 13th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.    Went to 49th Div Baths & had a good hot spray bath.  Good joy ride in wagon.

Tuesday 14th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Writing letters in afternoon.

Wednesday 15th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon. Reading & writing in afternoon.

Thursday 16th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft spent reading.  Went to Elverdinghe at night for bricks.

Friday 17th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Went to Elverdinghe at night.  M.P. killed in aft there.  Ruins terrible.  Sights! yes.

Saturday 18th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Went to Elverdinghe to prepare for wagons for tile.  30 shells dropped in.  Exciting time.  Souvenir hunting.  Plenty of unexploded shells about.  Church in awful condition.

Sunday 19th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon. Afternoon spent writing letters &making a good tea.  Early to bed.

Monday 20th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Received ** from home & fountain pen.  On Guard H.Q.  Cold night.

Tuesday 21st September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters 12.  Moved position into a neighbouring farm field.  All day spent in making bivouac. Butler joins in.

Wednesday 22nd September 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters 12.  Taube over & dropped 3 bombs on road near by.  Chased away by 7 Vicker’s Biplanes.  Escaped easily.

Thursday 23rd September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  General visits us & has inspection.  Taube over us at tea time flying fast & very low.

Friday 24th September 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon reading.

Saturday 25th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.

Sunday 26th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Afternoon spent in bivouac writing & reading.

Monday 27th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Harness cleaning in afternoon.  Went for ride to Couthof with Capt. R.H.W.

Tuesday 28th September 1915: Rations 9.15.  Raining hard.  Letters noon. On H.Q. Guard.  Wet through.  Cold & damp.

Wednesday 29th September 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Raining hard.  Got wet through & caught a chill.  Went to bed in afternoon.  Feeling rotten.

Thursday 30th September 1915: In bed all day.  Caught a chill.  Stomach upset.  Sick at night.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Aug 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Aug 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Poperinghe.

Sunday 1st August 1915:        Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  H.Q. 11 am.  Letters 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Writing.

Monday 2nd August 1915:      Went to place past 1st Sect for rations at 7.  Afternoon reading & writing.  Exercising at night.

Tuesday 3rd August 1915:       Went “sur la route a West Vletern” [Westvleteren] for rations at 7.  Interpreter at trial of A. & S.H. charged with stealing from Belgian.  On Guard H.Q.

Wednesday 4th August 1915: Midnight.  Poperinghe shelled.  23 “Jack Johnsons.” Anniversary of Declaration of War!  Went for rations at 7.  Afternoon holiday.

Thursday 5th August 1915:     Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  Out exercising mules at night.  Fell off!  Poperinghe shelled.  23 “Jack Johnsons”.

Friday 6th August 1915:          Went for rations at 10 am.  Back at 11.30 am.  Letters noon.  Afternoon writing & reading.

Saturday 7th August 1915:      Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Fine.

Sunday 8th August 1915:        Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Aft asleep. Out at night with Eagle.

Monday 9th August 1915:       Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Fine day.  Terrific bombardment from 2.30 am – 6 am.  British retake all lost trenches.

Tuesday 10th August 1915:     Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Out with Eagle & Lawson near P.  Cigars & wine.

Wednesday 11th August 1915: Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters noon.  Aft holiday. Reading & writing.  Went out exercising at    night.

Thursday 12th August 1915:   Went for rations at 10 am.  Letters at noon.  Wet.  Thunderstorm all afternoon.  Almost flooded out.

Friday 13th August 1915:        Went for rations at 10 am.  Raining.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon writing letters.

Saturday 14th August 1915:    Went for rations at 10.  Went to Poperinghe with G. Smith for Mr Walker.  Shelled by Germans ½ hour          after.  14 17 in.  In bed at 8 pm.

Sunday 15th August 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Received pcl from Home & Mrs Harrison.  Letter from A. Beaumont, Miss Baines & J Decelle.

Monday 16th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Parcel from Home.  Out exercising at night.

Tuesday 17th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.              Went to see Arnold up at guns.  Exciting time 20 shrapnel burst over Dawson & I.  Narrow escape.

Wednesday 18th August 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon out with Sergt Hewitt finding a forge.

Thursday 19th August 1915:   Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon reading & writing.  On Guard at H.Q. at 6 pm.

Friday 20th August 1915:        Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Afternoon asleep.  Out at night with Lawson & Eagle.

Saturday 21st August 1915:    Went for rations at 9.15.  Raining fast.  Wet through.  Afternoon spent writing letters.

Sunday 22nd August 1915:      Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.              Arnold & Wilf Dawson visit me.  Ripping day.  6 German aeroplanes over.

Monday 23rd August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  On guard at H.Q.  Row with C.Q.M.S. about sack of f***.

Tuesday 24th August 1915:     Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Brought 2 cooks up before P.H.W.  Result: – 5 days C.B. for both.  Out exercising at night.

Wednesday 25th August 1915: Went for rations at 9.15.  Letters noon.  Aft spent reading & writing.

Thursday 26th August 1915:   Went for forage & rations at 9.15 am.  Letters at noon.  Aft holiday.  Exercising at night.

Friday 27th August 1915:        Went for forage & rations at 9.15 am.  Letters 12 noon. Aft holiday.  On Guard at H.Q.

Saturday 28th August 1915:    Went to Lovie Chateau H.Q. R.E. Sigs for a 10 days’ course in Telephony.  Arrived there 12 noon.  Walked to Proven in aft.  Concert at night which was excellent.  Made a bivouac with Bomber Chris Hatch (11th) & Meakes (10th Bt).

Lovie Chateau

Sunday 29th August 1915:      Reveille 5 am!!  Full Dress Parade before Major Grubb at 9 am. Holiday Rest of Day.  Fine weather.

Monday 30th August 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells.  Went out & laid a cable to Convent St. Sixte.   Back at 3 pm.  Tired.  Rested &         went to bed early.

Tuesday 31st August 1915:     Lecture by Lieut Wells.  Out with cable cart fixing air line to Convent St. Sixte.  Long job.  Tired.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary July 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary July 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires – Caestre – Watou.

BELGIUM.

Thursday 1st July 1915:           Went to H.Q. for forage & rations.  Packing up all day.  Moved off 8.15 pm. with A.S.C. wagons & cooks’.       Staff  4th Section set off at 9.  Passed through Neuve Berquin, Vieux Berquin, Strazeele & arrived Caestre 11.45 pm. & found billets & watering place.

Friday 2nd July 1915:               Got up 6.45 am.  Went for forage & rations at 8 am.  3 miles away.  Came back in motor.  Left Caestre at 8 pm. via, Steenvoorde & arrived 1 mile from Watou at 12 pm.  On Guard.

Saturday 3rd July 1915:           Awake all night.  Drew rations & forage at 8 am.  Went, for first time, into Belgium, 3 Kilos past Watou.  Asleep all aft.  Shifted position 1 Kilo away (nearer Winnezeele.  Slept in the open.  Saw Reg Rhodes in Belgium.

Watou – Poperinghe.

Sunday 4th July 1915:             Reveille 7.  Went for forage at 8 to 3 Kilos past Watou in Belgium.  Saw Arthur Bilbro’.  Church Parade at 12.  Visited Arnold.

Monday 5th July 1915:            Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  Parcel from home.

Tuesday 6th July 1915:            Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11 am.  2 spies attack Holmes on guard & steal his rifle.  Alarm in Camp.

Wednesday 7th July 1915:       Went to Watou for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  On Guard at night.  12 extra on Guard.  Sharp look out kept.  Nothing doing.

Thursday 8th July 1915:           Went to Watou for forage at 7.  Back at 11.  Left Winnezeele at 6.30 pm. & went via Poperinghe to camp near Woesten.  Arrived there 11.30 pm.  4th Sect arrived 3.30 am.  Bed at 3.45 am.  A*** at 4.45 am.

Friday 9th July 1915:               Went to Watou for rations.  Set off at 5.30 am & arrived there 8.45 am.  Left 11.30 am & arrived Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] (A.S.C. H.Q.) at 2.30 pm.  Left 5.30 pm & arrived “home” 7 pm.  Had tea & went to bed, requiring a well earned rest.

Saturday 10th July 1915:         Reveille 6 am.  Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.30 am.  3 shells drop near at 7.10 am.  44 shells burst ½ mile away in late afternoon.

Sunday 11th July 1915:           Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.15 am.  Back at 11. Stables at 12.  H.Q. in afternoon.  Moved position to another field ½ mile away.

Monday 12th July 1915:          Went to Pezelhoek for rations at 7.15 am.  Back at 11.  Stables 12.  Afternoon holiday.

Tuesday 13th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] for rations & forage at 7.30.  Back at 11.  Went for letters in afternoon.  Terrific attack by Germans at Ypres.  (Took 400 shells).

Wednesday 14th July 1915:     Went to Peselhoek for rations.  Moved position to a place 1 mile from Poperinghe: (near Peselhoek).  Left 8.30 pm. & arrived 11.30 pm.  Raining hard.  Wet through.  Terrible.

Thursday 15th July 1915:         Rose at 5 am.  Wet through.  Went to Pezelhoek for forage & rations at 8 am.  Back at 11.  Filled nosebags.  Wrote letter home.

Friday 16th July 1915:             Went to Peselhoek [Pezelhoek] for forage & rations. Filled nosebags all day long.  Went to H.Q. for stores.

Saturday 17th July 1915:         Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations at 7 am.  Back at 9.30.  Afternoon holiday.

13th N.B.  There was a terrific bombardment of German heavy artillery on Tues night for 5 hrs.  Poperinghe was also bombarded almost each day with “Jack Johnsons”  Tues we took up 400 rds.

Sunday 18th July 1915:           Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Tobacco & cigs issued.  Afternoon holiday, spent writing.

Monday 19th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Back at 9.30. Received large pcl from home & letter.  On Guard at night.  Turner fired a shot.  Guard turned out.

Tuesday 20th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for forage & rations.  Moved position once again; this time into a wood 2 miles from Poperinghe.  Rumours about leave.

Wednesday 21st July 1915:     Went for forage & rations to Peselhoek at 7.  Back at 9.30 am.  Filled nosebags.  Cpl Wilf Dawson came over tovisit me.  Champion aft spent.

Thursday 22nd July 1915:        Went for forage & rations at 7.  Filled nosebags.  Wet day.  Letter & blanket from home.

Friday 23rd July 1915:             Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Put up 50 tents for Kitchener’s Army in wood & painted them.  No breakfast, no dinner, no tea.

Saturday 24th July 1915:         Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Received blanket from home.  Cpl Clarkson goes on leave.

Sunday 25th July 1915:           Went for rations & forage at 7.  Raining.  Aft sleeping writing & reading.

Monday 26th July 1915:          Went to Peselhoek for rations.  Received pcl.  Free Press                                          & letters from home.  On Guard at H.Q.

Tuesday 27th July 1915:          Went for forage & rations at 7.  Received parcel from Miss Whitaker.  Out exercising at night on a mule.

Wednesday 28th July 1915:     Went for forage & rations at 7 am.  Raining.  Went to interpreter at farm house with Jack & Luke R.  Went for letters at 12 noon.  Afternoon holiday.  Wrote letters.

Thursday 29th July 1915:         Went for forage & rations at 7 to Peselhoek.             German aeroplane over us.  Shrapnel drops in our camp.  Out with wagons at night.

Friday 30th July 1915:             Went for forage & rations to Peselhoek at 7.  16 Jack Johnsons fired at Poperinghe.  Saw one burst.  3 ***.  Afternoon holiday.

Saturday 31st July 1915:         Went to Peselhoek for rations at 7.  Cpl Clarkson comes back from home leave.  Brings a letter for me.  Afternoon holiday.  Writing letters & reading.  2 Taubes over us.  Heavily shelled.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary June 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary June 1915

 

1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.

 

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires.

Tuesday 1st June 1915:            Went to Estaires for forage.  Received letter from W. Jennings.  Also parcel from home.

Wednesday 2nd June 1915:     Went to Estaires for forage.  Received letter from Mr. Atkinson & Aunt Etty.

Thursday 3rd June 1915:          Went to Bac St. Maur for forage, via Estaires. Afternoon “nothing doing”.

Friday 4th June 1915:              Went to Bac St. Maur for forage.  In afternoon went to Estaires on a mule for papers.

Saturday 5th June 1915:          Went to Bac St. Mann for forage at 7.30.  Back at 12.30.

Sunday 6th June 1915:             Went to Estaires at 6.30 am for forage.  Back at 9.30. Reading & sleeping rest of day.  Bathing.

Monday 7th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am.  Got some fishing tackle for Mr Walker & myself.  Grand bathe in pool.  Heat terrible.

Tuesday 8th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage 6.30 am.  Washed blankets & trousers.  Afternoon thunderstorm.  In bivouac all aft. At night, we beat H.Q. (5-1) at football.

Wednesday 9th June 1915:      Went to Estaires (6.30) for forage.  Doing nothing special during rest of day.  Out at night.

Thursday 10th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 6.30 am for forage.  Fishing at night at swimming pool.  Caught very large eel: also a small one.  Smith 6 small ones.

Friday 11th June 1915:                        Got up at 4 am & went fishing but had no luck.  Only caught small roach.  Went to Estaires for forage in morning.  Out at night.

Saturday 12th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am.  Made a “Reserve” forage place.  Working all day.  Out at Estaminet at night.

Sunday 13th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30.  Church Parade 9.30.  Rest of day spent resting & reading.  Sang Hymns at night round camp fire.

Monday 14th June 1915:         Went to Estaires for forage at 7 – 9 am.  Received pd & letter from home asking me to get a photo taken of the grave of J.W. Kettlewell, only son of a M.R. Goods Guard at Ben Rhydding.

Tuesday 15th June 1915:         Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am.  Filling nosebags in morning.  Went to Estaires for bran.  Found out cemetery & also a photographer.

Wednesday 16th June 1915:    Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am. Went to Doulieu at 10 am for clover.  Back at 1 pm.  Went to Estaires cemetery & had the grave of J.W. Kettlewell (2nd West Yorks) photographed.  He died at Neuve Chapelle.

Thursday 17th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Back at 9 am.  Went to Doulieu for clover, but there was none today for us.  Filling nosebags at night.  On Guard.

Friday 18th June 1915:                        Went to Estaires for forage at 7.  Back at 9.              Filled nosebags.  Went to Estaires for photos of grave.  Disappointed with result “no bon”.

Saturday 19th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 7 for forage.  Went to Fleurbaix to see Arnold.  Left 10.30 arrived 12.45.  Left 3.40 arrived home 5.50.  Beautiful up altho.  Ruins etc visited.

N.B. Estaires Cemetery, with the numerous graves of heroes who all fell at Neuve Chapelle, looks indeed a piteous, yet glorious, spectacle.

Sunday 20th June 1915:           Went for forage at 6.30.  Church Parade 9.30. Reading & writing.  Sunny & fine.

Monday 21st June 1915:          Went for forage at 7.  Back at 9.  Wrote to Arnold.  Grand day.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  Out at night.

Tuesday 22nd June 1915:         Went to Estaires  at 7 am for forage.  Back at 9.  Filled nosebags.  On Guard.  Raining.

Wednesday 23rd June 1915:    Went to Estaires at 7 am. for forage.  Filled nosebags. Cricket Match with 3rd Section.  Abandoned owing to storm.  Took 2 wkts for 15.  Went fishing caught 1 eel.

Thursday 24th June 1915:        Went to Estaires at 7 am for forage.  Saw Herbert Routledge.  Went to A.C. at Sailly sur la Lys with ammn.  Back at 8.30 pm.

Friday 25th June 1915:                        Went to Estaires at 7 am for forage.  Storm.              Terrific rain.  Went to La Gorgue for a bath.  Ripping.  Singing at night.

Saturday 26th June 1915:        Went to Estaires for forage at 6.30 am. Reading & writing all morning.  Went to H.Q. for stores.  Finish Cricket Match with 3rd Section.  Scores: – 3rd – 100          4th – 21  My batting was 9 no out.  My bowling was 2 wkts for 10.

Au Grand Bois d’ Estaires – Caestre – Watou.

BELGIUM.

Sunday 27th June 1915:           Went to Estaires for forage at 7 am.  Filled nosebags.  Rest of day reading, writing & sleeping.  On Guard.

Monday 28th June 1915:         Went to H.Q. forage.  Filled nosebags all day. Wrote 3 letters.  Received pcl from home.  Letter from Arnold & Miss Whitaker (at Llandudno).

Tuesday 29th June 1915:         Went to H.Q. for forage & rations at 7.30 am. getting ready to move off (to Poperinghe?).  Cricket at night.

Wednesday 30th June 1915:    Went to H.Q. for forage & rations at 7.30 am.  Raining hard.  Fine in afternoon.  Cricket at night.  Church Service at night – Prayers etc by Cpl of N.H.Y.