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

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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