Machine Gun Programme 12 July 1917







  1. Eight guns will co-operate.
  2. Map reference and targets as follows:-


Gun.                Map Reference.                                   Target.

  1. N.3.a.60.56                 DOLLS HOUSE, N.11.c.30.30.

C1.                  N.3.a.83.57.               CHATEAU RICHE  N.11.d.50.75.

  1. H.35.a.95.11.              Road to be traversed from N.11.b.82.02.                                                             to N.12.a.14.20.
  2. H.35.b.95.11.              Road to be traversed from N.12.a.14.20.                                                             to N.12.a.46.35.
  3. H.35.b.18.22.              Road to be traversed from N.12.a.46.35.                                                             to N.12.a.70.48.
  4. H.34.b.25.38.              Will traverse between N.6.d.70.80. to                                                                  N.6.d.76.99.
  5. H.35.b.41.36.              Road at N.12.b.43.05.
  6. N.6.b.32.56.                To fire on enemy’s parapet on left of                                                                               Raid (Bearing 197 T).


  1. (a) With the exception of No 6 gun all the above mentioned guns will give short bursts of fire during the evening of Zero day before Zero hour, and will continue to do this after Zero hour in order to cover the advance of the raiding party.

(b) They will not fire enough to become unduly conspicuous.

(c) Indirect fire will be carried out on these targets for 3 days previous to Zero       day.


  1. No. 6 gun will fire short bursts on the enemy parapet from Zero hour onwards; this gun will not be required before Zero day.


  1. All guns will open a rapid rate of fire the first 5 mins. if and when our artillery open fire. Otherwise covering fire only will be required during the period of the Raid.


  1. Covering fire will continue until the Infantry Operation is concluded.


P.H. Hausey


Brigade Major,

170th Infantry Brigade



Letter to Rev. W. Laporte Payne 19 Nov 14

Letter to Rev. W. Laporte Payne 19 Nov 14


(8055) 4th Dragoon Gds

Jarvis St Hospital





Dear Sir,


Just a line to thank you for your welcome letter which I was very pleased to receive also the Testament. Well I do not know how long I shall be here as I had an operation a week ago, the doctors said that another half an inch and I should have been paralysed in both legs.  They took a splinter of my spine out in the operation so you see what a near thing it was.  It was at Messines where I was hit it was a terrible battle the sights were awful.  We were retiring as there only two regiments of cavalry trying to hold them back until the infantry could come up they numbered about 20 to our one.  We held them a day and a night but they were to much for us.  They were eventually driven back in the evening though I had left the firing line and was bringing a chum back who was wounded but we had not got far when a shell burst a few feet away that was all I remembered until I came too and when I started to crawl along about thirty Germans started firing at me but there I expect you have already heard what sort of men they are, they size all right killing our wounded, to come out and face our steel they never will with-out their artillery.  They would be lost, they even stripped our dead and wounded so as to wear our clothing to deceive us but they are paying dearly for it, and yet more so before they are finished.  Well I think I will close now.  Hoping to see you soon

Yours ever


Alfred Lilly.

Nov 1914

Army Form B 261.






Whereas, by the Army Act, section 91, as amended by the Army (Annual) Acts, 1899 and 1909, it is provided that the Army Council, or any Officer deputed by them for the purpose, may, if they or he think proper, on account of a soldier’s lunacy, cause any soldier of the regular forces, on his discharge, to be sent to the parish or union to which under the statutes for the time being in force he appears, from the statements made in his attestation paper, and other available information, to be chargeable; and such soldier, if delivered after reasonable notice, in England or Ireland at the workhouse in which persons settled in such parish, shall be received, and in Scotland to the inspector of poor of such parish, or union are received by the master or other proper officer of such workhouse, or such inspector of poor, as the case may be; and it is further provided by the said Act as so amended that the Army Council or any Officer deputed by them for the purpose, where it appears to them or him that any such soldier is a dangerous lunatic, and is in such a state of health as not to be liable to suffer bodily or mental injury by his removal, may, by order signified under their or his hand, send such lunatic direct to an asylum, registered hospital, licensed house, or other place in which pauper lunatics can legally be confined, and for the purpose of the said order the above-mentioned parish or union shall be deemed to be the parish or union from which such lunatic is sent, and that in England the lunatic shall be sent to the asylum, hospital, house or place to which a person in the workhouse aforesaid, on becoming a dangerous lunatic, can by law be removed; and it is further provided by the said Act, as amended by the Army (Annual) Acts, 1891, 1894, 1899, and 1909, that an order of the Army Council or Officer under section 91 of the Army Act, shall be of the same effect as a Summary Reception Order, within the meaning of the Lunacy Act, 1890; and the like proceedings shall be taken thereon as on an Order under that Act. *


* Note – Where the order directs the Lunatic to be received into any Asylum other than an Asylum of the County or Borough in which the Parish or Place from which the Lunatic is sent is situate, or into a Registered Hospital of Licensed House, it should state that the Army Council or Officer is satisfied that there is no Asylum of such County or Borough, or that there is a deficiency of room in such Asylum, or as the case may be, the special circumstances by reason whereof the Lunatic cannot conveniently be taken to an Asylum for such first-mentioned County or Borough.


Page 2.


And whereas it appears to me the undersigned being an Officer deputed by the Army Council for the purpose, from the statements made in the attestation paper of No 18134 Pte. Henry King a soldier, now of the Worcestershire Regt Corps, but about to be discharged therefrom, and from other information, that the said Henry King is, or on his discharge will be a pauper chargeable to the Parish of Poplar in the County [or Borough] of London.

And whereas it also appears to me from the Medical Certificate annexed that the said Henry King is a dangerous lunatic, and is in such a state of health as not to suffer bodily or mental injury by his removal.


And whereas it has been represented to me [that the Asylum at Woodford Bridge for the said County [or Borough] of London] is a place to which a dangerous lunatic if an inmate of the Workhouse, of the said Union or [Parish] could by Law be removed.


Now I hereby order and desire you to receive the said Henry King, as a patient into your Asylum.  Subjoined is a statement of particulars respecting the said Henry King.

  1. Dated the Sixth day of November 1914.
  2. Signed A. Altham M.G.

                            i/c Administration for General Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Command (absent on Duty)


to the Superintendent of the Claybury Asylum, Woodford Bridge

Asylum for the County of London,

or, the Lunatic Hospital of    or

Proprietor of the Licensed House of


Page 3.


STATEMENT of particulars relating to the said        Henry King

Name of patient, with Christian Name at length        King Henry

Age                                                                                         22 11/12 years

Married , Single, or Widower                                     Single

Name or Number of Corps, and Rank                        Worcestershire Regiment. Private

Religious Persuasion                                                  Church of England

Whether First Attack                                                  Yes

Age (if known) on First Attack                                  22

Supposed Cause                                                          –

Duration of Existing Attack                                       7 days

Supposed Cause                                                          Unknown

Whether subject to Epilepsy                                       No

Whether Suicidal                                                        No

Whether of temperate habits                                       Yes

Union or Parish to which the Lunatic}

appears to be chargeable                     }                      Poplar

Name and Address of Relative to whom}

Notice of Death to be sent                     }                  (Mother) Mrs. King, 20 Cahir                                                                             Street, Millwall Poplar.


Signed, Name, E. Hewitt

Major R.A.M.C., Registrar.

                                                            Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley

To be signed by Officer Commanding

Corps or Regiment.


Back page.




I, the undersigned O. J. Stephenson being a person registered under the Medical Acts, and being in the actual practice of the Medical Profession, hereby certify, that I, on the fourth day of November at D Block, Royal V. Hosp Netley in the County of Hampshire personally examined Henry King a Soldier of the 11th Worcester Regt Corps, and that the said Soldier is a dangerous Lunatic and a proper person to be taken charge of and detained under Care and Treatment, and is in such a state of health as not to suffer bodily or mental injury by his removal, and that I have formed this opinion upon the following grounds, viz: –

  1. Facts indicating dangerous Insanity observed by myself

Patient has aural & visual hallucinations, his memory is poor, is rambling and confused at times, & cannot fix his attention.

  1. Other facts (if any) indicating dangerous Insanity communicated to me by others: Sergt Major H***, Pt has an insane expression, is slovenly & unresponsive, hears voices; & talks to imaginary people.


Signed, Name O. J. Stephenson

Place of Abode D Block, R. V. Hosp Netley.

Dated this fourth day of November One Thousand Nine Hundred and                    fourteen.



Pasted inside:




To the Superintendent of the


LUNATIC ASYLUM at Claybury Woodford Bridge.


I hereby certify that No. 18134 Pte H. King 11 Worc Rgt is free from any infectious or contagious disease, and that, in my opinion, his admission into the above Asylum will not be attended with any risk of infection to the inmates thereof.

Signed Unreadable

Lieut R.A.M.C.  Medical Officer

Dated this 10th day of November 1914


Also a letter:

3 Cahir Street

Millwall E

July 13th 1915


Many thanks for the discharge book which we received alright, this morning relating to my step-son Henry King (6770). Again thanking you for past kindness to him whilst he was a patient with you.

I remain

Your Humble Servant

  1. Parkin.

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Dec 1914

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne


Extracted from


Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda &






December 9 1914


“We have guns, but only old 15 pounders, very ancient. At last the men in our battery  have got khaki, and they look much smarter.  The convict blue was really terrible.


I see that Vyvyan is gazetted today in the “Times” to the R.F.A.   He will not come to this division.


December 20, 1914.


Everything is alright. Leave for various and very secret reasons has been cancelled.  I suppose I had better not be more explicit now.  Leave is supposed to reopen with luck on Wednesday next.  Then I hope to get home again.  Our train was full of angry officers called back from their homes.  I was so sorry to give you such a fright, but I suppose one must expect such things to happen now, especially with such windy old dug-outs in charge.  I hope the congregation did not think that the Germans had landed.


War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Nov 1914

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne


Extracted from


Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda &




November 1914



Nov 13th 1914




I desire to apply for leave from 12, noon on Saturday, November, 14th 1914, to midnight on Sunday November, 15th 1914.

I have the honour to be,

Your obedient servant


2/Lieut R.F.A.


O.C. 260th Battery

R.F.A. Colchester


Forwarded and recommended

H.F.T. Blowey

Lieut R.F.A.

O.C. 260th Battery R.F.A.


To O.C. 83rd Brigade R.F.A.



  1. Commanding 260th Battery R.F.A.

Returned. Brigade Order No. 145 has not been complied with

  1. Hanna

Colonel R.F.A.

Commanding 83rd Brigade R.F.A.

Colchester, 13.11.14


Monday November 16 1914


“Tomorrow I hope to go into a billet. It will only cost me threepence a day over the amount I am allowed for living out, which is 4/9 per day.


November 27


“We have a new Battery Commander, the last having left for France to join the Royal Flying Corps.


My host’s brother, Major Chopping R.A.M.C. has arrived tonight from Ypres for a short holiday of 3 days.  He has told me a great deal of interesting information.  He says that our troops can only hold the Germans for the present, and nothing further.  The men are worn out with constant marching & fighting.


I see Huntriss, whom I knew at Salisbury, has been wounded.


War Diary of AA Laporte Payne War October 1914

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne


Extracted from


Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda &






October 2, 1914



Links Road,


“We have actually been paid, 15 shillings each, a ten shilling note and a five shilling postal order. What a lot of work, drill, and being messed about, for those few shillings.  It is drill all day long with long route marches thrown in, and it gets rather boring, for we have no arms or uniform yet.


War Office, Whitehall, S.W.


Dear Payne,

I am sorry you could not find a vacancy in either Middlesex Battalion, but we did our best.

I am sure you were wise to accept a Gunner Commission. You will pick up the riding part of it very soon, and you will make a first class artilleryman.  In a few months, in fact, you will despise all footsloggers!

If you find later you don’t care for the work, you can work a transfer to the Line through your Divisional General.

In haste,

Lancelot Storr.


War Office


Dear Payne,

I think you may get to the front just as soon with R.F.A., and you were wise to accept the offer of a temporary commission. Our casualties in the artillery are very heavy.

The main thing is to get to work as soon as possible.

The rest a Greek quote.

Yours sincerely

Lancelot Storr.


112/ARTILLERY/1993. (A.G.6)                                                                   War Office


10th October 1914



I am directed to inform you, that, on appointment to a temporary Second Lieutenancy in the Royal Field Artillery you have been posted to the 18th Divisional Artillery and should apply in writing at once, to the General Officer Commanding 18th Division Colchester for instructions regarding the unit and the station you are to join.

You should at once communicate your address to your regimental agents, Messrs Cox & Co., 16, Charing Cross, S.W., and keep them informed of any change of address, so that orders may readily be communicated to you.

You are requested to acknowledge the receipt of this letter and to return the attached “NEXT OF KIN” form completed, to the War Office.

I am,


Your obedient Servant.

Arthur Young,

Lieut. Colonel,

for Major General,

director of Personal Services.


2nd Lieutenant A.A. Laporte Payne

Royal Field Artillery

Christchurch Vicarage,

North Finchley



War Office.





Dear Payne,


I think for various reasons you should join the Infantry; that you’re your first posting, and the second posting was evidently made in error. Also, there is the question of finance; although for the period of the war I don’t think one Arm will be more expensive than another.

My own tailors are John Morgan, 5, Albemarle Street; they are good but expensive.  I have also had things made by J and G Ross, 32, Old Bond Street, who are less extortionate and have done me well.


Lancelot Storr.





October 13 1914



Ref. your letter dated 12th October 1914.

Will you please join as soon as possible at Colchester.

The uniform necessary for you to have on joining is:-


1 Suit Service Dress,

Khaki Shirt,

“     Tie,

Boots and spurs,

Sam Browne belt if possible.


H.F. Salt,

Captain, R.F.A.

A/Bde. Major, R.A. 18th Division.





Boots, field     pair 1.

Braces             “   1.

Cap, service dress, with badge 1.

Disc, identity, with cord.

Socks               pair 1.

Suit, service dress (jacket and riding breeches)

Shirt, drab flannel, with collar 1.

Spurs               pair 1.

Tie, drab                 1.

Underclothing, suit.



Books Army Book 155 Field service pocket book.

Cap, comforter (in pocket of greatcoat)

Compass, magnetic, pocket (or prismatic in case)

Cutters, wire (in wallets.) pair

Dressing, field (in skirt of jacket)

Glasses (binoculars or telescope, or both in one case)

Slung from left shoulder or worn on belt

Grease (or Vaseline) in wallets tin 1.

Greatcoat 1. Rolled, 26 ins long behind saddle.

Handkerchief              1

Holdall (in wallets), containing knife, fork and spoon hairbrush and combe, toothbrush, shaving brush and razor.

Knife, clasp, with ring and swivel 1

Matches, box 1.

Soap (in wallets) piece 1.

Socks pair 1.

Towel       1.

Watch (in wrist strap)

Whistle and lanyard.



Belt “Sam Browne” (waist belt, 2 shoulder belts, ammunition pouch and pistol case and sword frog.)



Sword knot

Water-bottle (aluminium) and sling.


  1. ARMS.

Pistol (no special pattern, but must carry Government ammunition.) On left side of S.B. belt.

Sword. On nearshoe case, edge to rear.

Scabbard, leather.



Cartridges, S.A. ball, pistol, Webley, rounds 12.



The total weights (excluding articles in camp kettles) of 50 lbs. for a commanding officer and 35 lbs. for other officers must not be exceeded.

Valise, Wolseley.

Boots, field.

Buckets, canvass


Lantern, collapsible with talc sides.

Portfolio with writing materials

Shoes, canvas


Suit, service dress

Shirt, drab, flannel.


Tie, drab.



One Camp Kettle is allowed for every three officers who pack into it each, cup, enamelled plates, enamelled, pots, pepper, salt.

Note. Officers may leave at the base a bullock trunk packed with 100 lbs of personal baggage. This reserve baggage will be forwarded only when it may be deemed convenient to the service by the Commander In Chief.


(Scott and Son of 83 Regent Street write that they are making most of the R.A. kits! and offer to supply a drab whipcord service jacket, pair of collar badges and 1 pair stars for £3.15.6 and a Sam Browne Belt complete with holster and pouch for £2.5.6 and a sword, best proved blade with scabbard from five guineas. Field Kit complete for £7.10.0.  Prices for cash, fit and regulation guaranteed.)





C.R.A                                      Colonel English

O.C. 83rd Brigade R.F.A.        Major Robertson

260th Battery O.C.                  Gardner.


October 19 1914


Royal Field Artillery



“I have arrived here alright, and find my abode in a tent in front of the Gunner Mess. I have already met several men I know, and a friend of Reg’s named Dennis.  The two Dexters are here also.


Nov 9th. “still under canvass.”






“In this Division at present there are about 50 Second Lieuts including several Oxford & Cambridge men.

I have been posted to the 260th Battery, and I found it possessed only one officer, a second lieut of two months standing who was in command.  He is usually is away, so I was told to carry on.  I did what I could, which was precious little.  I was horribly embarrassed.

The result is that here I am in command of 270 untrained men, trying to teach them marching drill, about which I know nothing at all. Route marching is easier.  We rise at 6 a.m., and at 7 I go on to the parade ground having previously looked up a few words of command in the book called Field Artillery Training.  Since I arrived two other subalterns have arrived, who know less than I do, if that is possible.  Now I can divide the battery up into two sections, which I hand over to the two subalterns, while I look on and wisely criticise.  Then when I have bucked up sufficient courage I join the two sections and drill the whole battery.

The first morning I was on parade was terrifying, but really most amusing.  I was all alone,  did not know any drill at all.  I used to know a little infantry drill, but this is quite different.


So when I wanted to advance my knowledge I marched the men about and when their backs were turned towards me, I secretly looked at the drill book.  Then I gave the next order.  So I learn, if the men do not.  Then one day to my horror General Maxse came past when I was in the midst of perpetrating my deceptions.  I managed to give the battery the order to “eyes right” and then almost collapsed.  Maxse hates subalterns, and gunner subalterns most of all.  I wonder what he thought of it all.  No doubt he made great fun of us over his port at night.  However we mean well, and I would not mind betting he never commanded a battery of men knowing no drill on the first day he put on H.M.s uniform


Though there are several horses here, we in our battery have none yet. We are hoping for some soon.  Then we shall have some fun.


As there is no accommodation for us in the Officers’ Mess, so another fellow and I have found a very decent family to provide us with three meals a day for one guinea a week each. The meals are quite good, including a four course dinner, three course lunch and breakfast.  We are still in tents, but it is not very cold.


Week-end leave is impossible. Colonel English is dead against such relaxations, as the men cannot get away too.  Today I paid the troops, and every day I have to inspect Kit, barrack rooms and tents.  As I do not know in the slightest what to look for I do not suppose my inspections are of much use.


Parades are 7 to 8,a.m. 9 to 12.15,p.m.;  2 to 4.15 p.m with a lectures for officers at 5.30 p.m.  Then we are supposed to work at night, but by then we are pretty tired.  The only regular officers here are Colonels commanding Brigades, and then they are dug-outs.  All the rest are new subalterns.


The 18th Divisional Artillery is commanded by Colonel English.  There are four Brigades.  Mine is the 83rd under Major Richardson.  Each Brigade is composed of three Batteries.  I am in 260th under Lieut Gardner, a Cambridge man.


The batteries are divided “into sections” of two guns each commanded by a subaltern, or four sub sections, each in charge of a sergeant.


Tomorrow we hope to start driving drill on our flat feet. It will probably turn into a fearful Harry Tate mess.


I can see we shall be here for ages. We require a tremendous amount of training, especially as we are gunners.


There is some talk of going into huts at Ipswich, and I shall have to go to Woolwich and Shoeburyness for training.


We are being inoculated by batches. My turn is to come.  Well it is all very interesting but bewildering.


The life is so strange. I feel like a silly little boy at a vast public school for the first time.  I suppose I shall get used to it some day.