Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries 15 August 1918

Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries

15 August 1918 In reserve line – grand day at St Omer (lorry jumping)

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INDEX OF GERMAN NAMES. 14 August 1917

INDEX OF GERMAN NAMES.

German Name. English Name. Co-ordinate.

ALEXANDER PLATZ Dugout C.23.d.15.18
ARTILLERIE HOF RAT FARM C.23.b.95.20.
ASPERNSTRASSE CAMEROON DRIVE C.30.a.b. etc.
BLUCHER BANK FARM C.24.b.30.58.
DOKTORGUT JASPER FARM C.29.b.45.75.
DIE VANHEULE NORD VANHEULE FARM C.17.d.15.60.
FLIEGERGUT UHLAN FARM C.29.b.5.5.
FLUGZEUGGUT JASPER FARM C.29.b.45.75
GARTENHOF POMMERN CASTLE D.19.a.35.18.
GRAF HASELER SPREE FARM C.18.d.15.34.
HASELER WINE HOUSE C.18.c.78.96.
HASELER STELLUNG CAPRICORN TR. C.18.c & d
HOHE 28 PLUM FARM C.24.c.63.37.
KAISER WILHELM PLATZ UHLAN FARM C.29.b.5.5.
KASERNE II POND FARM KEEP C.18.b.7.0.
KASERNE III CAPRICORN KEEP C.18.d.57.63.
MARJENHUTTE IBERIAN D.19.b.20.15.
OSTL WASSERGUT SQUARE FARM C.30.b.85.90.
PFINGSTMORGENGUT BANK FARM C.24.b.30.58.
REGIMENTSGUT BRIDGE HOUSE C.24.a.35.60.
SCHUBERT STRASSE CAMBRAI & C.23.c. &
CAPTAIN AVENUES C.24.a. & b.
VANHEULE SUD CHEDDAR VILLA C.17.c.73.00.
WIESENGUT SOMME D.13.c.47.30.
YPERN STELLUNG Trenches S. of
WURST FARM D.7.d.d.
GHELUVERT –
LANGEMARK Line.

 

MOVEMENT OF THE BARRAGE. ZERO +

Barrage opens on front line between TU at 0 hr 0 min.
It lifts from line TU at 0 hrs 6 min
Jumping forward 100 yds every 4 min until 0 hrs 42 min
It reaches line AB at
It remains on the line AB at a reduced rate of 1 hr 15 min
When it increases its rate of fire, and at 1 hr 23 min
It leaves the line AB jumping forward 100 yds
Every 4 mins until it reaches the line CD at 1 hr 59 min
It then pivots on C until it reaches the line
COKEF at 2 hrs 15 min
It leaves the line COKEF and searches forwards
At a reduced rate of fire at 2 hrs 35 min.
It comes back to the line COKEF at 3 hrs 53 min
And increases in volume.
That part of the barrage between O &
C pivots on O at 4 hrs 1 min
Until it reaches the line GOKEF at 4 hrs 13 min
Where it remains until 4 hrs 23 min
when it again searches
forward at a reduced rate of fire.
The barrage reopens on the line GOKEF
intensely at 6 hrs 20 min
and moves forward to the line GKEF which
it reaches at 6 hrs 24 min
It leaves the line GKEF at 6 hrs 28 min
& lifts forward 100 yds every 4 mins until it
reaches the line YZ at 7 hrs 28 min
where it remains until 8 hrs 20 min
where it ceases.

SPECIAL ORDER 14 August 1917

SPECIAL ORDER

After an enforced absence of some 4 months, I find myself again with the Division which I have already had the honour of commanding for over a year.

At the present time I consider myself particularly fortunate to be once more with the troops I know and trust so well.

There is no doubt in my mind that the hard work which all ranks have put in during the past 3 weeks – more often than not under heavy fire – will be crowned in a few days with as memorable a success as we achieved at GUILLEMONT last Autumn. No praise can be too great for what the Artillery, Engineers, Machine-Gun Corps, and Pioneers have accomplished since the Division came to Belgium; and the same applies to the work of the Signal, Supply and Medical Services.

The gallant forcing of the STEENBEEK by the 59th Infantry Brigade today, in the teeth of severe opposition, has paved the way for the forthcoming attack by the 60th and 61st Infantry Brigades.

The spirit and determination that has been shown by everyone will, I am sure, in a very short time be rewarded, and the fame of the Division still further enhanced, by the capture of LANGEMARCK.

I feel I am amongst old friends once more.

W. Douglas Smith Major General,
Commanding 20th Division
14th August 1917

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 11 Aug 1914

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 11 Aug 1914

On headed notepaper
Anchor Line
Twin screw steamer S.S. Caledonia.

My darling one,

We are all aboard – after all the advance party went away earlier at 3.30 & here we are – a good big ship – food & all luxuries aboard – au revoir my darling
Your own
Hubby.

With black edged envelope addressed to Mrs Dick Cunyngham, Mount View, Crownhill S.O., S. Devon. Postmarked Southampton 11 p.m. Aug 14 14.

Notes from Field Pocket Book. W.C. Green 13 Aug 1915.

Notes from Field Pocket Book. W.C. Green 13 Aug 1915.

To O.C. 1st EAST YORKSHIRE REGT.
Statement in regard to distinguished conduct during operations 9/10th August 1915.

6079 Duckett Pte S. Continually carrying messages under heavy gun fire until severely wounded.

16894 Law Pte W. Rendering valuable assistance as messenger and showing exceptionally intelligent knowledge of his surroundings.

10091 Slack Pte T. ] In addition to good work as bomb throwers they
10006 Throp Pte H. ] rendered assistance to wounded and succeeded in getting them to the dressing station in the day time.

X 8133 Lee Pte E. After majority of Coy messengers had been wounded he volunteered to carry on and succeeded in carrying message to Battalion Hd. Qrs. He also helped to carry wounded to Dressing Station in day light.

9622 Lacey Sergt. E. ] After losing their platoon officer took charge of their
4394 Halliwell Sergt C.H.] platoons in a most capable manner.
6914 Mitchell Sergt M. ]

8315 Siddle Pte. T. ] Attending to the wounded under heavy shell fire during
7721 Price Pte. John (D Coy)] the four days in the trenches.

8343 Nichol Cpl G. Mr Huntriss has strongly recommended him for organising digging parties in the communication trench (Fleet Street)

Bomb Throwers
I am leaving the report on these men to Mr. Huntriss as they all did so well that it is difficult to mention any particular names. They succeeded in driving the enemy out of a strong point in Fleet Street and also in putting a machine gun out of action.

The following deserve special mention:-
6585 Cross Corpl S. (Killed)
8024 Nolan Corpl J.M.
9174 King Pte J. (wounded)
6779 Kelly Pte P.
10242 Galloway Pte. T.
6850 Leeson Pte. J.

Capt M. Brown
O.C. A Coy
13th Aug 1915
Nichol George has the number 8342 in the medal roll of E. Yorks R. Only apparent awards 2 MiDs to Slack & Nolan LG 1/1/16 p 37.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 13 Aug 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 13 Aug 1915

On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
9th Middlesex Regt
Dum-dum.
India.
13 Aug 1915

Dear M & F,

I’ve had no letter from you this week but I think I can see the reason. You know I had two letters last week; well you must have caught the post with the second one – without knowing it I suppose. Then the next week you missed it again, – quite unintentionally of course – so I shall not get that letter till next week. I’ve had no other letters this week either; I thought I should hear from Bert. I had two Sun. Pictorials from you so you must have posted them before your letter.

I’m at Cossipore again this week; you see there isn’t a sufficient number of us to come here in proper order, so those next for duty have to come here, whether it’s their turn or not. We are on guard every other night here whereas at Dum-dum we get 3 nights in bed & 1 on guard. Of course when the Regulars were here they had 4 Companies & we’ve only got 2 so you see each of us is doing the duty of 2 men. I believe there are about 40 of our chaps in Hospital & of course that doesn’t improve matters.

My skin got practically clear at Dum-dum last week but directly I got here the Prickly Heat started again. Scratch, you simply can’t help it, you wake up & find yourself scratching. In the evening, just after tea is the worst time. As soon as you drink anything hot it begins. I expect I shall get clear of it again when we get back.

Hoping you are all well.
Love to all,
Yr loving son
George