53 Infantry Brigade Order 108 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade Order 108 22 October 1917

SECRET. B.M. Copy No: – 2.
22nd October, 1917.
53rd Inf. Brigade Order No. 108.
1. 11th R. Fus, and 12th Middlesex will relieve 10th Essex R. and 8th Norf. R. in the line this evening.

2. 1 Coy. 11th R. Fus. has captured TRACAS FARM.

3. This Coy will continue to hold the ground captured.
1 Coy will take over the front E. of MEUNIER HO.
The other 2 Coys. will be disposed about GLOSTER FARM and V.20.a.5.0.
Bn. H.Q. at V.19.a.6.1.
A forward O.P. and R.C. will be established at V.19.b.4.1., the present Bde. O.P.

4. 12th Middlesex R. will hold the Bde. front N. of the SPRIET Road with 1 Coy., with 1 Coy. In support about the BREWERY, 1 platoon of this Company forming garrison for the S.P. at REQUETE FARM.
Bn. H.Q. at V.19.a.6.1.
2 Coys. 12th Middlesex will be held in Bde. Reserve about ROSE TRENCH for immediate counter-attack.
H.Q. Counter-attack Coys:- PHEASANT FARM.
5. 53rd M.G. Coy will remain in their present position.

6. 3 Secs 79th Fd. Coy. R.E. and attached platoons making S.Ps. will continue to garrison them tonight.

7. Boundary between Bns. Will be the SPRIET – POELCAPPELLE – NEW HOUSES Road inclusive to the 12th Middlesex R.
Bde. boundaries will be as follows:- on the South – LEKKERBOTERBEEK; on the North – a line from V.14.b.2.2. – V.19.a.2.2.

8. All details of relief to be arranged between C.O.s concerned.

9. On completion of relief, 10th Essex R. and 8th Norf. R. will withdraw to CANE TRENCH.

10. Completion of relief to be reported to Brigade H.Q. by the code work TRAMWAY.

ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.
John D. Crosthwaite
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Inf. Bde.
Issued at: – 2/30 p.m.
Copy No:-
1. G.O.G. 15. 10th Essex R.
2. B.M. 16. 11th R. Fus.
3. S.C. 17. 12th Middlesex R.
4. Sig. O. 18. 54th Inf. Bde. .
5. Supply. O. 19. 55th Inf. Bde.
6. T.O. 20. 54th T.M.B.
7. Norf. R. 21. 55th T.M.B.
8. Suff. R. 22. 102nd Inf Bde.
9. R. Berks. R. 23. 27th Inf. Bde.
10. 53rd M.G.C. 24. 18th Div “G”
11. 53rd T.M.B. 25. 18th Div “Q”.
12. 79th Fd. Coy R.E. 26. Bde. H.Q. Rear.
13. 56th Fd. Amb. 27. A.P.M. 18th Div.
14. 151st Coy. A.S.C. 28. War Diary.
29. War Diary.
30. File.

53 Infantry Brigade Order 107 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade Order 107 22 October 1917

SECRET. Copy No:-
22nd October, 1917.
53rd Inf. Brigade Order No. 107.
1. 11th R. Fus. will carry out the attack on TRACAS FARM with 1 Coy in accordance with instructions issued in my B.O 51 of to-day’s date.
2. O.C. 11th R. Fus will inform Brigade H.Q. of the Zero hour he wishes, at once. This is not to be later than 4 p.m.
ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.

John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major 53rd Infantry Brigade.
Issued at 1 p.m.
Copy No. 1. G.O.C.
2. O.C. 11th R. Fus.
3. Norf. R.
4. Essex R.
5. 18th Div. “G”

53 Infantry Brigade B.O. 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade B.O. 22 October 1917

SECRET. 53rd Inf. Bde No. B. O. 51.
11R. Fus. R.
10th Essex R. )
8th Norf. R. ) For information.
18th Div “G” )

In the event of all objectives of Brigade being gained, 11th R. Fus. will be prepared to exploit success by the capture and consolidation of TRACAS FARM.
The attack will be carried out by one of the two Coys. which have been detailed as counter-attacking troops.
This Coy. will form up in the Valley North of BEEK HOUSES and will attack and capture the line: – V.20.d.6.0. – TRACAS FARM – V.20.d.6.8. including the MEBUS at V.20.d.40.75.
10th Essex R. will cooperate by bringing fire to bear on the enemy from MEUNIER HILL, and will push forward and get in touch with 11th R. Fus. about V.20.d.6.8.
Immediately TRACAS FARM has been taken, 11th R. Fus. will push forward one platoon to capture, consolidate, and hold the enemy Strong Point at V.21.c.0.6.
11th R. Fus. will establish a Strong Point about V.20.d.6.0. and get in touch with 27th (Lowland) Brigade on the Right.
Please acknowledge by wire.
John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Infantry Brigade.
22nd Oct. 1917.
Issued at 12/20 p.m.

53 Infantry Brigade note of Objective 22 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade note of Objective 22 October 1917

B.M.
SECRET. 53rd Inf. Bde. No. B.O. 64
Norf. R.
Essex R.
R. Fus.
Middlesex R.
27th Inf. Bde.
102nd Inf. Bde.
18th Div. “G”
1. The final objective of to-day’s operations is to be retained as the main line of defence.
2. An advanced Post has been established at TRACAS FARM, and patrols are pushing out to try and occupy CAMERON HO.
3. O.C. 8th Norf. R. will push forward patrols and attempt to make good the line V.15.c.0.0. – 08 and thence to the objective line at V.15.b.2.2.
ACKNOWLEDGE BY WIRE.
John D. Crosthwaite,
Captain,
Brigade Major, 53rd Infantry Brigade.
22nd Oct. 17.
Issued at 2/30 p.m.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 22 Oct 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 22 Oct 1915

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

Dear Ma,

Many thanks for your letter of Sept 30. Sorry to hear about C. Dixon being wounded. I already knew about Alf Ham. I think I’ve told you before he was one of the chaps we left behind at Sittingbourne.

Thirty two of us spent 2 days under canvas this week at Cossipore, Tuesday to Thursday there was a Hindoo Festival & the next day there was a Mohammedan Festival. The Mohammedans at their Festival kill a cow, which is considered a sacred animal by the Hindoos, & if they can they like to kill it in front of a Hindoo Temple, which of course causes trouble. Well we had to be at Cossipore close at hand in case there was any trouble. There was not room for us all in the Guard Room so we had to camp out at the back. However we were not wanted so we “struck” camp & came back yesterday. It was jolly rotten up there for us as we could not go out & there was nothing for us to do. We were supposed to be ready to turn out in a few minutes, at any time. We had to march there & we had to march back as there we[re] no “Gharies” available. The Ghari-wollahs were taking part in the festivities I suppose. On Thursday we had to let down the tents & beds & load them on the wagons. It wasn’t half hot. We’d done quite enough by the time we got back. I’m not looking forward to going to Jaffapore next month where we shall live under canvas while we do our firing.

It’s very nice under canvas as far as sleeping goes but there are no conveniences & nowhere to keep your things. And then of course there’s plenty of them wretched ants, all sizes – 1/8 ” up to nearly an inch, & they get all over the place.

Moving to Dinapore seems to be a “Washout” now. The Colonel got the move sanctioned but it would have to be at the Battalion’s expense but it’s all fallen through for some reason or other.

Have my photos that I sent you kept alright? I notice one of those I’ve got left is a bit dis-coloured.

Hope you are all well.
Love to all from
Yr loving son
George

George Ryan’s letter home dated 22 Oct 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 22 Oct 1915

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

Dear Dad,

Thanks very much for your letter. I’m glad you are still keeping on full time at the shop.

No doubt there are a lot at work at Enfield but I’ve got some idea of what it must be like. The Factories here & at Cossipore & Ishapore are fairly big & are working at top speed. It’s a sight when they all come trooping out all dressed in different coloured rags & 9 out of 10 carrying umbrellas which they have to open as they are searched when they go out.

Thanks very much for looking after my bike. I don’t think there’s any need to pump up the tyres, as they are not on the ground. Unless you think it will help to keep them from perishing.

Told Ma all the news so can’t write any more & I’ve got to get ready to go on guard.

Yr loving son
George

53 Infantry Brigade medical instructions 21 October 1917

53 Infantry Brigade medical instructions 21 October 1917

SECRET. B.M.
53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C. 22
Copy No: – 2
POELCAPPELLE OPERATIONS II.
Medical arrangements already issued are cancelled, and substituted by the following which come into force on “Z” day.
1. The O.C. 56th Fd. Ambulance will be responsible for evacuation of the wounded in the forward area.
2. Bn. Medical Officers will arrange location of Regtl. Aid Posts.
Collecting Post: – THE TANKS V.19.c.7.1.
Relay Posts: – (i). U.30.d.2.8.
(ii). U.29.d.7.4.
(iii). MON de RASTA C.5.a.8.1.
(iv). PALACE FARM C.4.d.6.4.
Advanced Dressing Stn: – MINTY FARM C.10.c.2.7.
Divisional Walking Wounded Collecting Post: – RUDOLPH FARM C.3.d.5.*.
XVIII Corps Main Dressing Stn: – DUHALLOW C.25.d.3.0.
XVIII Corps Walking Wounded Collecting Post: – IRISH FM. C.27.a.2.6.
3. Scheme of Evacuation.
(a). Walking sick and wounded will be sent by the duckboard track to RUDOLPH FARM and thence will be conveyed by petrol train and horsed ambulances to IRISH FARM.
(b). Lying and sitting sick and wounded will be brought to Reg. Aid Posts by Reg. Stretcher Bearers, thence they will be conveyed by a series of relays of R.A.M.C. bearers. The route will be
(i) By hand to U.30.d.2.8.
(ii). By push tram to MINTY FARM C.15.c.9.5.
The XVIII Corps are responsible for evacuation of wounded from MINTY FARM.
4. Personnel.
The O.C. 56th Fd. Amb. will be responsible for the evacuation of sick and wounded in the forward area. He will have under his command the 56th F. A. Tent Division and the bearer division of the 54th, 55th, and 56th F.A’s. 8 R.A.M.C. bearers will be attached to each R.M.O. to carry between the Reg. Aid Post and the foremost R.A.M.C. Post. All horsed ambulances, Ford Cars and wheeled stretchers in the Div will be at the disposal of O.C. 56th F.A. The tent Divs. of 54th and 55th F.A’s are working under the XVIII Corps.
5. Various.
The greatest care must be taken to avoid waste of stretchers and blankets; a serious shortage in their supply is threatened.
6. Sick from the Area West of the Canal.
In event of casualties from bombs West of the Canal, Ambulance Cars will be found at the following points:-
(i). DUHALLOW. (ii) BRIELEN. (iii) GWALIA FARM (iv) C.S.C. Depot.
S.J. Price,
Captain,
Staff Captain, 53rd Inf. Bde.
21st Oct. 17
Copy No 1. G.O.C. 13 11th R. Fus. 25. War Diary.
2. B.M. 14. 54th T.M.B. 26. War Diary.
3. S.C. 15. 55th T.M.B. 27. File.
4. Supply O. 16. 54th M.G.C.
5. B.T.O. 17. 151st Coy. A.S.C.
6. Norf. R. 18. 56th Fd. Amb.
7. Suff. R. 19. 79th Fd. Coy R.E.
8. Essex R. 20. Bde. Dumps O.
9. R. Berks. R. 21. 54th Inf. Bde.
10. M.G.C. 22. 55th Inf. Bde.
11. T.M.B. 23. 18th Div “G”.
12. 7th Queens R. 24. 18th Div “Q”.

SECRET.
53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C. 21
The following Amendments are made to ADMINISTRATIVE INSTNS. issued under 53rd Inf. Bde. No. S.C./Y/2. Dated 9th Oct 17.
1. Ammunition (S.A.A. & Grenades).
Para: 2 delete.
Para:3 delete and substitute the following:-
PHEASANT DELTA
Snipe H. BULOW FARM. FARM. HOUSE.
S.A.A. 180.000 rds. 12.000 rds. 66.000 rds.
No. 5 Grenades. 84 “ 500 rds. 850 “
No. 23 “ 200 “
No. 24 “ 260 “ 160 rds 160 rds 100 “
No. 20 “ 60 “
No. 26 “ 180 rds.
T.M.C. “ 96 “ 84 “
V.P.A.1” White 150 “ 600 rds.
Water Tins. 32 tins

Battn. H.Q. Battn. H.Qrs. S.A.A. Reserves.
V.19.a.7.2. 60.000 rds
V.19.a.2.6. 60.000 rds
2. Supply Arrangements.
Para: 4 delete, and substitute:-
(a). 2280 Barrage Rations at Fd. Div. Dump TRAM TERMINUS.
(b). 890 Barrage Rations at Brigade Dump CAT HOUSE.
(c) 440 Barrage Rations at DELTA HOUSE.
3. Water.
Para: 1 delete.
Para:2 delete “400” and read “930 Petrol Tins filled”.
After Para: 2 add:-
“210 Petrol Tins filled at Div. Emergency Dump TRAM TERMINUS.
165 do DELTA HOUSE.
21 do Bde Tram Terminus Dump marked with RED flag.
S.J. Price,
Captain,
Staff Captain, 53rd Inf. Bde.
21st Oct. 17
Copy No 1. G.O.C. 13 11th R. Fus. 25. War Diary.
2. B.M. 14. 54th T.M.B. 26. War Diary.
3. S.C. 15. 55th T.M.B. 27. File.
4. Supply O. 16. 54th M.G.C.
5. B.T.O. 17. 151st Coy. A.S.C.
6. Norf. R. 18. 56th Fd. Amb.
7. Suff. R. 19. 79th Fd. Coy R.E.
8. Essex R. 20. Bde. Dumps O.
9. R. Berks. R. 21. 54th Inf. Bde.
10. M.G.C. 22. 55th Inf. Bde.
11. T.M.B. 23. 18th Div “G”.
12. 7th Queens R. 24. 18th Div “Q”.