WAR DIARY Of 8th Divisional Artillery from 1st June 1916 – To 30th June 1916

WAR DIARY Of 8th Divisional Artillery from 1st June 1916 – To 30th June 1916

Vol XX

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet. Ref 1/250,000 N W EUROPE

For Intelligence detail see the Daily Summary APPENDIX S/1 attached.   1/40000 ALBERT

Weather fine.  Light wind.  Barometer 29.6.                                                  Compound Sheet

APPENDIX S/1

HENENCOURT

  • At 3 a.m. our T.M’s in conjunction with 1 8” How Battery and 18 Pdr Battery bombed a portion of the hostile Trenches just North of OVILLER. The hostile retaliation was comparatively slight.

Hostile artillery less active during the Day.

Weather fine though colder.  Light wind continued.  Barometer 29.45.

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet.

Nothing of importance happened.

Weather fine, slight shower.  Barometer 29.52.

HENENCOURT

  • At 12.15 P.M. heavy gun fire was heard from the direction of HAMEL. This proved to be the 36th Division carrying out a Raid.  Almost at the same time the Germans opened very heavy fire on the whole 34th Div front                       (on our right).  This was followed by an attempted raid by the Germans which proved unsuccessful.  8th Div                        front remained Quiet.  At 2.20 a.m. all was quiet again.

During the Day the normal amount of indiscriminate firing took place.

Weather colder.  Windy with passing clouds.  Barometer 29.46 falling.

 

 

 

HENENCOURT

  • At 11 p.m. the 34th and 32nd Divisions assisted by the 8 Div Artillery carried          Ref 1/250,000 N W                                   out Raids on the German lines.  All was quiet again at 12.30 a.m.                             EUROPE

At 3 p.m. our Trench Mortars cut a portion of the hostile wire N. W. of                   1/40000 ALBERT                                            OVILLERS using the             NEWTON fuze.                                                                      Compound Sheet

One premature received wounding 1 Gunner.                                                            APPENDIX S/1

During the day D Battery were shelled by a 4.2 How Battery some 40 rds being fired.  One man was wounded.

Weather stormy, heavy showers.  Barometer 29.00.

Move The 45th Bde (less 57th Battery) and 2 Battery R.H.A. two Sections of Each Battery up moved to                                             BEHENCOURT marching out at 8.5 p.m. to practice camp. 57th Battery and remaining sections 18 Pdr                                               Batteries remained in action forming the Left Group under Lt. Col A.T. BUTLER.

Time Table of Move marked APPENDIX OO/7 attached 29.12                              APPENDIX OO/7.

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet.

Very little activity during the Day on either side.  D.A.C. moved to MILLENCOURT with No 4 Section at                                   HENENCOURT Wood.  All Battery Wagon Lines moved to E.2.a & b. E of ALBERT.

Weather changeable, cloudy some rain.  Barometer 29.24.

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet.  The move of Div Amn Column and Battery Wagon Lines took place on night of 7th.    Nothing of importance to report.

Weather cloudy, Showers during Day and night.  Barometer 29.26.

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet.  No shelling of any importance during the Day.

Weather changeable cloudy showers at intervals.  Barometer 29.30.

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet.

Nothing to report.

Weather changeable cloudy showers at intervals.  Barometer 29.30.

 

 

HENENCOURT

  • Heavy Gun fire was heard at 12.45 p.m. from direction of HAMEL. This lasted about an hour.  During the day                         the hostile Artillery appeared to be registering our Support and Communication Trenches about 250 rds 77 mm                    1 4.2 How being fired.

Weather changeable, showers at intervals.  Barometer 29.62.

 

HENENCOURT

  • The night was quiet. Hostile Artillery slightly more active during the day, chiefly directed against the NAB and             Trenches opposite OVILLERS.

Weather Cold Squally Showers at intervals.  Barometer 29.65.

Orders issued for 45th Brigade (less 57th Battery) and 2 Battery to move  from BEHENCOURT to                                        HENENCOURT WOOD (APPENDIX OO/8 attached).                                                     APPENDIX OO/8

HENENCOURT

  • The night was Quiet. Nothing of importance happened during the day.

The 45th Brigade (less 57th Bty) and 2 Bty R.H.A. marched from BEHENCOURT to HENENCOURT WOOD on                         on return from Practice Camp.

APPENDIX 00/9 attached.                                                                                                    APPENDIX OO/9

Weather cold and stormy heavy rain at intervals.  Barometer 29.45.

HENENCOURT

  • The night was Quiet. Nothing of importance occurred during the day.

5th Battery R.H.A. and D/5 How 5 Bde R.H.A. moved in to action from HENENCOURT during the night.

Weather Cold and wet.  Barometer 29.32.

HENENCOURT

  • The night was Quiet. A quiet Day.

3rd and D/5 Bty. How moved into action N.E. of AVELUY from HENENCOURT wood during the night.

Weather cold, rain all morning, cleared at night.  Barometer 29.46.

Ditto.

  • The night was quiet. Very little shelling on either side.

Orders issued for bringing up the 86th & 89th Bde. R.F.A. 19th Division marked Appendix OO/10 and attached.                                                                                                                                                                          APPENDIX OO/10

Weather fine and bright.  Barometer 29.52.

 

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet. Nothing of importance occurred during the Day.

Weather fine.  Barometer 29.7.

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet. Enemy’s Artillery slightly more active against our front system of Trenches.

D/86 Battery R.F.A. Hows and A/86 Bty (attached from 19th Dn) were brought up into action.

Weather fine.  Barometer 29.44.

HENENCOURT.

  • The night was Quiet. B/86 and A/89 Batteries 19th Dn brought into action.

Enemy’s Artillery and T. Mortars slightly more active.  PORT LOUIS Communication Trench, DONNET                              POST and CHEKERBENT Street being shelled during the Day.

Hostile Aircraft very active for the first time for some weeks.

Date of moving up the 89th Bde R.F.A. 19th Dn and moving Wagon Lines change in accordance with                                              Correction to Operation Order No. 10 APPENDIX 10/a attached.                                                    APPENDIX10/A

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet.  The usual amount of shelling during the day.

C/86 Battery 19th Divn brought into action, thus completing the Centre Group under Col A.E. WILSON 86th                                     Bde R.F.A.

Weather fine, slight drizzle about 6 p.m., afterwards fine again.  Barometer 29.42.

Correction to Operation Order No. 10 marked APPENDIX OO/10b attached.

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet.

Nothing of importance occurred during the Day.

Weather fine, Barometer.  Barometer 29.60.

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet. Hostile Artillery very quiet.

Weather fine.  Barometer 29.7.

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet. Hostile Artillery a little more active.  AVELUY was shelled by supposed 8” during the          night and early morning some 40 rds being fired.

8th Dn. Arty. Instructions No. 1 issued marked APPENDIXA1/1 attached.                                    APPENDIX A1/1

8th Dn. Arty. Instruction for forthcoming operations issued marked Appendix A1/2 attached APPENDIX A1/2

Weather fine.  Barometer 29.48.

Ditto.

  • The night was Quiet. During the Day 36th Battery old position was heavily shelled. The position was occupied by a Battery of the 34th

All arrangements for the forthcoming Operations completed with the exception that the Heavy Trench                                      Mortars not having arrived.

Weather morning very hot and muggy.  Heavy storm with rain afternoon.

Rain at night.  Barometer 29.44

HENENCOURT

  • The night was Quiet.

The 4th Army Offensive Operations started at 4 a.m.

The 8th Division with its Artillery was relieved at SAILLY by the 39th Divn.

The Artillery handing over to the 34th, 35th and 39th Divisional Artillery this being consequent on a slight reallotment of the line.  The Division trained to AMIENS thence to the FLESSELLES Area by route march.

On April 4th the Division started to take over that portion of the line in front (East of) ALBERT from 21st Division, the latter Division taking over the THIEPVAL Sector.  The Divisional H.Q. and Div R.A. H.Q. was established at HENENCOURT.  The Batteries occupying positions E of ALBERT and covering the LA BOISELLE and OVILLERS Sectors on 5th April the 34th Divn having recently arrived from FLEURBAIX started taking over the Division Right or LA BOISSELLE Sector.  By midnight 11th April the relief was complete.  All Batteries now started preparing forward positions for further Offensive Action.  This entailed much labour as all positions had to be made 5.9 How proof and in addition Ammunition stores to hold 1000 rds per gun for 18 Pdr and 800 4.5 How had to be prepared.  All O.P.’s were selected and prepared in the forward trenches and Communication Trenches.  O.P.’s being constructed with iron rails and concrete.  On June 15th all was ready but operations were delayed a further 10 days.

At 4 a.m. June 24th the 2” Trench Mortars under the direction of Capt. J.T. WALLACE R.H.A. started wire cutting on the hostile front line. Using the NEWTON fuze.  Owing casualties to the rifle firing mechanism, operations were somewhat hampered.  Soon after 4 a.m. 18 Pdr Batteries started wire cutting on the 2nd & 3rd lines and continued throughout the Day.  From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. all roads and approaches were kept under shrapnel fire.

The Divisional Artillery has been strengthened by two Brigades from the 19th Div Artillery.  86th Bde R.F.A. under Lt. Col. A.E. WILSON, D.S.O. and the 89th Bde under Lt Col. RAINSFORD HANAY.  The latter Brigade strengthened by D/88 Battery Hows.  The 89th Bde less 1 Battery (A/89) being held – Mobile reserve.

Weather fine.                          Barometer 29.56.

 

HENENCOURT.

25-6-16            During Night 24/25th all approaches and Communication Trenches leading to front line System were kept under Shrapnel fire also the wire which had been cut during the Day, Machine Guns dealing with the front line System. – At 10 a.m. every Gun and Howitzer (except 4.5” Hows) open a rapid rate of fire on POZIERES for 12 minutes.

At 10.30 a.m. CONTALMAISON was similarly treated. – At 4.15 p.m. all guns bombarded the first four lines starting from the front line and lifting back at stated intervals. – The rest of the day deliberate bombardments and wire Cutting were proceeded with.

Casualties 1 Officer.  LT A. ROSS wounded at Duty.                                                                      Casualty

Weather fine.  Barometer 29.52.                                                                                                         LT A. ROSS

5th Bty R.H.A.

Wounded at Duty.

HENENCOURT.

  • Bombardment continued. Special bombardments at intervals.  Rest of day wire cutting.

Night firing  9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Raid by Rifle Brigade.

Weather fine, some showers.

Ditto.

  • Bombardment continued by all natures of guns and Howitzers.

Enemy’s retaliation throughout has been slight.

Weather fine, dull and misty early morning.  Barometer 29.19.

Casualties 5th Battery 4 men killed 4 wounded by shell.

Officers LT SHAW 2/12 Trench Mortar Battery wounded.

LT C.F. LYNCH 2/19 “      “            “             “

The 89th Bde R.F.A. (Mobile Bde) brought “up to the LONG VALLEY” night 27/28th.

Ditto.

  • Night firing was kept up from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and then continued as a heavy mist hung over the trenches. At        12 noon it cleared and wire cutting was again proceeded with for the remainder of the day.

The hostile retaliation was again slight.  AUTHUILLE WOOD, BURNT ISLAND and MAXSE Redoubt being singled out for most of the rounds.

Weather Heavy mist and rain till noon.  Afterwards clear.  Barometer 29.26.

 

 

Ditto.

  • Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The ordinary bombardment and wire cutting proceeded with.  From 4 p.m. to 5.20    m. Special bombardment of front line system.  Hostile retaliation on the whole was slight during the day and             night.

Weather fine though cloudy.  Barometer 29.45.

HENENCOURT.

  • Night firing 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The ordinary bombardment and wire cutting continued.  Special bombardments of       front system at from 8 a.m. to 9.20 a.m. and 4.5 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.

Weather fine.  Light wind.  Barometer 29.48.

 

 

Report on Casualties to Personnel for month ending 30th June mark APPENDIX A/15 attached.

 

Appendices OO/7, OO/8, OO/9, OO/10, OO/10A, OO/10b, A1/1, A1/2 for month of June attached

 

E.R. Gover Major,

for

8/7/17                                                                                                                                                                 C.R.A. 8th Division

 

 

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