Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries 24 September 1916

Gerald Benham’s notes from diaries

24 September 1916 Cycled to Peldon & saw Zeppelin which had been bought down.

Kaiser’s note 25 September 1914

Kaiser’s note 25 September 1914

(Published with Routine Orders of September 24th 1914)

The following is a copy of Orders issued by the German Emperor on the 19th of August:-

It is my Royal and Imperial command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present, upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first, the treacherous English, walk over General French’s contemptible little army….

Headquarters
Aix-la-Chapelle, August, 19th.

The results of the order were the operations commencing with Mons and the advance of the seemingly overwhelming masses against us.

The answer of the British Army on the subject of extermination has already been given.

Printing Co., R.E. 69.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS, No 736 24 September 1917

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS, No 736
By Major-General W. DOUGLAS SMITH C.B.
Commanding 20th (Light) Division
Monday 24th September, 1917.

1. HONOURS AND REWARDS.

Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Corps Commander has awarded the MILITARY MEDAL to —
61070 Driver H. BAKER, R.E.
(XIV Corps No 2739, dated 22/9/17)
14840 Sergeant D. GREY King’s (Liverpool Regt.)
25947 Private F. FELTHAM, Somerset L.I.
26005 Private A.W. STEBBINGS, Somerset L.I.
(XIV Corps No 2743/44, dated 23/9/17)
The Corps and Divisional Commanders congratulate the recipients.

2. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES.

The following telegrams with reference to the operations against EAGLE Trench on Sunday, September 23rd, are published for information —
(i). “20th Div. G.
G.750. 23 —
Well done everybody, a very fine performance of 59th and 60th Bdes and 61st T.M.s and M.G.s; sincere thanks and congratulations for a grand light infantry division. Stick to it. CAVAN
4-56 p.m.”

“14th Corps.
G.B. 657. 23 G.750.
All ranks deeply appreciate kind message from Corps Commander under whom they have had the good fortune to serve so long.
20th Div.”

(ii). “General SMITH, 20th Div.
M.A.5. 23. —
The tenacity gallantry and skill which your Division showed over the operations round EAGLE Trench are very fine. Please accept my congratulations and expressions of admiration to you and all ranks of your gallant Division.
General GOUGH.”

“Fifth Army.
G.B.658. 23 M. A.5.
All ranks deeply appreciate inspiring message from their Army Commander and offer best thanks.
20th Div.”

(iii). “Gen DOUGLAS SMITH, 20th Div.
G.504. 23. —
Many Congratulations to you and your Division on to-days success.
Genl. PLUMER, Second Army.
10-5 p.m.”.

“Second Army
G.B. 666. 24. G.504
All ranks send warm thanks to their former Army Commander for his kind message which they much appreciate.
20th Div.”

3. AUDIT BOARD.
A Board will assemble at “Q” Office, Div H.Q., at 10 a.m., Tuesday, 25th instant, to audit the accounts of the Divisional Institutes:— President.
Major H.P. LLOYD Durham L.I.
One Captain to be detailed by 59th Inf. Bde.
One Captain to be detailed by 60th Inf. Bde.

4. CAMPS AND BILLETS.
C.R.O. No. 446, dated 25th June, is re-published below:-
“1. No huts, tents, camp shelters or billet furniture and fixings are to be removed from the camps or areas to which they have been allotted, unless instructions to the contrary are issued from Corps H.Q. Severe disciplinary action will be taken against all infringements of this order.
2. The tents of Labour Units belong to such Units, and will accompany them when they move.
3. This order is to be repeated in the Routine Orders of all lower Formations and Uuits.”

H. MILLER
Lieut-Colonel,
A.A. & Q.M.G.

NOTICES.

1 No Administrative Orders were published on Sunday, 23/9/17.

2 LOST.
(a). Bay Gelding with black points. Strayed from near DAWSON’S CORNER at 11 a.m. on 22nd September 1917. Markings;– Near fore hoof “7”, off fore hoof “A 92” , near hind hoof “T-RHA”.
(b). Also one set of universal Saddlery. Saddle marked “F.X.” in white paint on webbing under seat. Head bridle marked “F”.
Information to O.C. A/92nd Brigade R.F.A.

3. LOST. (a) Chestnut Gelding, near BRIELEN, on night of 19th September 1917. Description:– Dark Chestnut. Star on forehead. 16 hands. Tattooed on gums. “X2 56” branded near hind quarters. Saddled and bridled, and carrying empty ammunition carriers, horse respirator, and feed.
(b) Chestnut Mare, near BRIELEN, on night 19th September, 1917. Description:– Dark Chestnut. 15 hands. Tattooed on gums. “X2 7” branded on near hind quarters. Saddled and bridled, and carrying horse respirator and feed.
Both belong to 126th Battery R.F.A.

3rd Bde Tanks.

G.A. 217. 21st.

G.O.C. 20th Div. wishes to convey to you and all ranks your command his appreciation and thanks for the very gallant and whole-hearted services rendered to his Div. in late attack which were the main factors in obtaining a great success.

20th Div.
——————-
20th Div.

F.A.50. 21st

The Third Bde Tank Corps appreciate very much your message and hope to have the honour of participating again in the successes of your gallant Division.

3rd Bde. Tank Corps.

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3rd Army.

G.B. 540. 25th.

All ranks of this Division wish to express their pleasure at the promotion of the Army Commander to the rank of General.

20th Division.

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G.O.C. 20th Div.

B.12. 25th.

Please express my sincere appreciation of kind message. I remember with pride the gallant part played by the 20th Division in the recent victory.

Gen. Byng.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 24 Sept 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 24 Sept 1915

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

Dear M & F,

Many thanks for your letter of Sep 2 with the piece of heather enclosed. Also for the Sunday Pictorials, which I generally receive sooner or later. The P.O. does have a fine game with newspapers. I had none last week, so I’ve got 2 this week. Another fellow that hasn’t had any for 3 weeks has just got them all together this week.

I suppose I shall get that letter of May’s next week as it will be the 3rd week from when you first mentioned it. What happens all day on Sundays now; out chin-wagging (to use her own expression) I suppose? Many years ago, about Dec 1914 I believe it was, she said she would write every other week, so I was going to write to you one week & to her the next but I reckon you get 4 or 5 to her one. But it’s such a long time ago she said it, perhaps she has forgotten.

I hope you told Mrs Jones I don’t look so smart as I ought in that photograph as my clothes were not done up properly.
Sorry to hear your marmalade is going begging. It wouldn’t if I was at home. I should enjoy some now, after the stuff we get here. (C & B’s in 1 lb tins – 7d).

Its very late now but I’ll wish Dad many happy returns of Oct 1. I meant to have done so a fortnight ago, but it slipped my memory when I was writing.
I was going to try & get your silk this week but I am at Cossipore, so will see if I can get it next week. I shall get it up at Calcutta as I don’t think it’s up to much what they sell at our Bazaar.

I’m practically clear of Prickly Heat at present but there’s something here at Cossipore that makes you itch, I don’t know what it is. It’s a good thing we get extra grub here as there’s nowhere where we can get anything & we get so jolly hungry. The only thing we like coming here for is the grub. Although we pay 1r/6a (1s/10d) for the week we are really in pocket as we spend more than that in barracks on grub.

We have had some rain down this last week. It’s rather upset our Platoon sports as the ground is half under water. But we’ve had it quite light here compared with other parts of the country. Up in the Lucknow district they are flooded out. Thousands of natives homeless.

Well we’ve heard no more about moving so continue to write to Dum-dum.
Have not heard from Bert again this week. I suppose he’s alright.
Hoping you are all well,
Love to all from,
Yr loving son
George