TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT. 22 November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
SIGNAL SECTION.
DECK.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 2 pm, 21st 11/16 till 6 am, 22nd/11/16
Operations.
1. Enemy Artillery. 4.45 pm – 6 pm: Hostile Artillery was active on our front line, chiefly on the centre and left, and on YOUNG ST and YUSSIF. “R” line also received some attention near YULE ST.
It was mostly 77 mm H.E. fired from PUISIEUX direction together with a few rounds of 5.9 and 4.2 Howitzer.
Fairly quiet during night.
2. Own Artillery. Active all night with occasional bursts. Most of the firing seemed to be on our right.
3. Enemy Trench Mortars. 5.35 pm – 6.0 pm: Somewhat active on our front line.
A Medium T.M. appeared to be firing in the direction of YUSSIF.
Aerial Torpedoes ? Reported falling near advanced post, K.3.d.30.25.
4. Machine Guns. One M.G. was active from about 11.0 pm till 1.30 am traversing ‘R’ line in the vicinity of YOUNG ST. K.3.d.50.20.
INTELLIGENCE.
Enemy movements: At 3.30 pm one of our posts saw a party of about 12 Germans leave their trench about K.4.b.40.20.
They came forward towards their wire. The post fired and they dropped down.
About 30 mins later, one man was seen to double back to the trench.
Observations: During the night a M.G. somewhere about K.11.a.central was sweeping the parapet of ’C’ line.
Our Lewis Guns replied with no apparent result.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK
8.0 am.
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22/11/16
DECK.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 6.0 am, to 6 pm.
Enemy Artillery: Occasional rounds were fired about midday into HEBUTERNE, mostly 77 mm.
Enemy fired about ten 77 m.m. shells on “R” line at the junction of YORKE. No damage was done.
Trench Mortars: Between 1.30 pm and 2.15 pm a few L.T.M. Bombs fell on the front line. These appeared to be fired from about K.4.c.80.65.
Machine Guns: Enemy machine guns slightly active during early morning.
INTELLIGENCE.
Enemy Aeroplanes: 11.35 am, an enemy plane over our lines.
2.15 pm, another attempted to cross our lines.
3.30 pm, aircraft active on both sides. Two enemy aeroplanes appeared to bring down one of our fighters just south of HEBUTERNE.
Sniping: After having made a careful reconnaissance of our sector, it was found that there were no sniping posts, but good positions have been chosen.
Posts are under construction at two points:-
1. K.10.a.80.60. Field of fire over K.4.c.& d; nearest point of enemy lines, 350 yds.
2. At junction of Calvarie, Thorpe & Yus Trenches. Field of fire & frontage for observation will be given later. [K.3.d.5.4.]
There has been no sniping today on either side.
The light has been very bad.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK

Norman Richardson TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT. 23 November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
DECK
SIGNAL SECTION.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 6 pm, 22/11/16 till 6 am, 23/11/16
Operations.
Enemy’s Artillery: was inactive during this period. Two 77 mm H.E. fell near YORK ST.
Own Artillery: Fairly active during the night and at intervals in answer to calls for retaliation, from Y.48, Y.49, and Y.50.
Trench Mortars: Enemy trench mortars were extremely active at intervals of ½ hour to 1 hour all night.
Our A Co, (Right Front) received attention between 6 pm & 9 pm.
A large number of L.T.M.s were fired on ‘B’ line. Both Heavy & light were directed on ‘C’ and ‘R’ lines. There were no cases of direct hits except one on ‘C’ line, about 30 yards W of YIDDISH.
Our ‘B’ Co (centre) and our ‘C’ Co (left front) both received attention this morning. The former (Y49) got retaliation at 3.40 am from our artillery.
The enemy sent over here a very large number of H.T.M & L.T.M. bombs at first mostly on ‘C’ line to the right on YOUNG ST but later beginning at the YUSSIF advanced post, working along the wire to YOUNG ST post and then down YOUNG ST towards ‘R’ line and back along the wire in front of ‘R’ line. The top of YOUNG ST was very much damaged.
Machine Guns traversed the parapet during some of the bursts.
Our artillery put over about 60 H.E. as retaliation to a burst of T.M. fire at 4.40 am.
Our ‘C’ Co (Y50) asked for retaliation at 5.20 am.
At 5.15 am. the T.M.s all switched round and seemed to concentrate their fire on the FONQUEVILLERS sector..
INTELLIGENCE.
M.G. Hostile M.G.s were firing intermittently throughout the night.
Trench Mortars: Starlights were sent up with some of the M.T.M.s apparently to hide the track of the fuse as much as possible.
A horn was heard just previous to one of the bursts.
The T.Ms were firing apparently from about the points K.4.c.9.5. and K.3.c.9.5.
PATROL REPORTS (2)
I enclose reports. They are rather scrappy. I’ll try to get things improved. I’m sorry there are no sketches.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK
8.0 pm.
2nd Lt. Bradford tells me that T.Ms seemed to be firing from Left corner looking from Mousetrap.
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DECK.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 6 AM, till 6 pm, 23/11/16.
OPERATIONS.
Enemy Artillery:
8 am – 10 am: Very quiet & trench mortars silent.
10 am – 12 noon: Enemy trench mortars were fairly active. Also the Artillery, with whizz bangs and a few heavy shells on HEBUTERNE.
12 – 2 pm: Occasional whizz bangs on front line and heavy shells on left of our sector & behind.
2 pm – 5 pm: Bombardment on right starting about 3.30. also a few shells in HEBUTERNE.
Enemy M.G.s: A little activity about 4.30 pm.
INTELLIGENCE.
Enemy Movement.
10.15 am Small party seen at K.4.d.4.8.
Small parties & single men seen frequently using road from Cemetery GOMMECOURT past NAMELESS FARM.
Enemy Work:
7.15 am: Working party seen in enemy front line trench at K.3.d.6.7. carrying planks of wood.
8.30 am – 9.15 am: Small working party digging & driving in stakes at K.4.c.9.4. – This was reported to R.F.A. who attended to the matter with H.Es & S. – Party ceased work.
11.0 am: Working party carrying sand bags from K.6.c.8.3. to K.6.c.6.5.
12.30 pm: Men seen walking on top of trench from K.5.a.7.2. apparently gathering wire or sticks.
Enemy Aircraft:
8.30 am } Two planes approached
9.45 am} our lines & then retired.
10.0 am Enemy aeroplane over our lines.
10.15 am “ “ “ “ “
10.45 am “ “ “ “ “
11.50 am “ “ “ “ “
2.0 pm “ “ “ “ “
Sniping:
We are working on our two posts. Sniping on both sides inactive.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK
5.0 pm.

Norman Richardson 21 November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
DECK
SIGNAL SECTION.
2/11/16
HEADQUARTERS RUNNERS
No Name Rank Co Date of Enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks
1176 Pallister T.R.
Thomas Russel Lcpl B 6/1/15 25 Painter & Decorator C.E.
1152 Taylor W.
William Pte B
159 J.H. Southern
Joseph Harle “ A
1275 W.E. Laidler
William Edward “ D Number 95368
485 J.F. Davidson “ C
211 J.E. Yorke “ A
581 G.H. Robinson “ C
782 G.H. Jacob “ D
70 C.H. Goldsmith “ A
286 G.R. Harrison “ B Taken on Orderly Room

SPARE RUNNERS.
No Name Rank Co Date of Enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks
9721

592 Johnson W.
Wilfred Allen
Purvis W.
William Pte

Pte A

A

PIGEON MEN.
No Name Rank Co Date of Enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks Name sent in to Brigade
565 Norman R.C.
Robert Clarke Pte. H.Q. Trained X
577 Parlett G.
George Pte H.Q.

21155 Smith J.
James Pte A X
952 Moon J.W.
John William Pte A

20759 Newton J.B.
John Bould Pte B X
18265 Perry W.
William Pte B

18 Cox H.H.
Henry Henderson Pte C Prefix 20/
8341 Downey G. Pte C X

1308 Colwell M.
Mark Pte D X
602 Salkeld G
Gerald Pte D

Total 10

Norman Richardson November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
DECK
SIGNAL SECTION.
Nov 1st 1916
HEADQUARTERS
SIGNALLERS
No Co Name Rank Date of enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks
812 D Mowbray W.
William Sgt. 10/9/14 33 Joiner & Builder C.E. Assistant Instr Cert. 1905. (Acting CQMS & Instructor in Sigs. 13 yrs in R.G.A. School of Gunnery 1910
828 D Picken R.
Richard Nelson Sgt 21/8/14 25 Engineer C.E. 1 Relation (General) Tynemouth Signals
2 ****(aeroplane) 3 Ripon (Telephone)
4. 5 yr in Territorials
167 A Stokes A.E. Lcpl Assistant Inst Cert
444 C Beadham J.
James Lcpl 12/10/14 41 Miner C.E. 1 13yrs 2nd D.R.G.A. (Semaphore)
2 General (Fovant)
3 Merrieres (3 weeks) Visual
50 A Ellison R. Lcpl 26/9/14 22 Clothier P.M. Assistant Inst Cert 1 Aeroplane Course
A Hutton Lcpl Booking Clerk C.E.
490 C Forster
Robert Lcpl 17/9/14 29 Bank Clerk Presb 1 Responsible
1 Aeroplane C.
99 A Kitching G. Pte 3/9/14 28 N.E. Clerk Wes Final Cert Telegraphy. N.E.R. Oct 1912. The Funny Man.
C Keen G.
George Pte 17/9/14 23 Jewellers Assistant C.E. Started Feb 8 1915
D Linten Pte 26/9/14 28 Gardiner C.E. Started 1915
D Skilbeck
George Pte 5/10/14 27 Sawyer C.E. “ 8 Feb 15
333 B Newcombe
Fred Pte 18/9/14 27 Schoolmaster C.E. “ June 1915
B Gibson
B Brown In hospital
C Carter
B Rutherford
C Garbett On Bde.

1/11/16
A. COMPANY SIGNALLERS
NO NAME Rank Date of Enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks
207 Watson J.S.
John Stacey Lcpl 21/9/14 21 Dentist C.E. Started June 1915
109 Moses R.
Robert Lcpl 23/9/14 24 Traveller C.E. Started Aug 1915
94 Harrison Pte 28/9/14 21 Male Learner C.E. “ June 1915 Visual (3 weeks) General course Merrieres
202 Wise
Sydney “ 8/10/14 25 Window Dresser C.E. “ Sept 1915
172 Swailes
William James “ 14/10/14 33 Miner C.E. “ June 1916
1655 Thorpe
Frederick Bertram “ 6/7/15 21 Clerk C.E. “ 6/9/15 G[1st Class Sig Cert at Richmond
1925 Wragg
George Alfred “ 5/8/15 23 Attendant C.E. “ 6/9/15 Do
1733 Bullamore
JohnAlfred “ 3/8/15 24 Window Dresser C.E. “ 6/9/15 Do
1766 Robson “ 14/8/15 21 Rivet Maker R.C. “ 27/12/15

B. COMPANY SIGNALLERS
NO NAME Rank Date of Enlistment Age Employment Religion Remarks
237 Coltman T.J. Lcpl 19/9/14 23 Colliery Pay Clerk C.E Started Nov 1914
297 Johnson H.V.
Hervey Vincent Pte 21/9/14 26 Clerk C.E “ June 1915
283 Hall W.
Walter Pte 18/9/14 23 Reporter C.E “ June 1915
1617 Cooper F.
Henry Frederick Pte 15/6/15 27 Clerk C.E “ 6/9/16 1st Class Sig Cert Richmond
287 Hope R.P. Pte 26/9/14 25 Teacher C.E “ 12/7/16
1775 Jackson J.
John Pte 16/8/15 21 Clerk C.E “ 13/7/16 Shorthand & Bookkeeping
404 Walker H
Clarence Harcourt Pte 22/9/14 22 Clerk P.M. “ 15/7/16 Semaphore (Arty 1910)
419 Wilkinson W
William Pte 21/9/14 22 Clerk Wes “ 21/10/16 Typing
Pennington Pte

C. COMPANY SIGNALLERS
NO ENTRIES IN THIS AREA

D. COMPANY SIGNALLERS
1200 Knaggs T.A.
Thomas Lcpl 8/1/15 23 Clerk Wes Started June 1915
690 Cornforth W.
Walter Pte
1281 Ramsay D
1279 Martin R.
Rickham Correct No 1277
270 Lamb R.
1767 Scott J.
John
1437 Illingworth
L
Arthur Leslie.
1582 Shipley B.F.
Bertram Frederick Pte 30/5/15 23 Clerk
1495 Cooper
Frank Toogood Pte 5/5/15 20 Architects Assistant

Sig N.C.O.
Lcpl Stokes: Nov 1st paid Lcpl
March recommended for Cpl.
G.O. No Inst. but preferred to remain in sigs, Telegraphist, Assistant Instructor 19th June .

Lcpl Ellison: Sept 16th 1915 got his stripe – paid – 10 days after refused promotion to get into Sigs G.I. Head.

Lcpl Hutton. Unpaid Lcpl 22nd Nov 1915 M
Lcpl Foster. Unpaid Lcpl 22nd Nov

Lcpl Beddam. 14th paid Lcpl.

Cheshires had 2 Sgt in Ft.

Field Service Post Card to Dick-Cunyngham’s wife dated 14 Nov 1916

Field Service Post Card to Dick-Cunyngham’s wife dated 14 Nov 1916

I am quite well

I have been admitted to hospital sick wounded and am going on well.

I am being sent down to the base.

I have received your letter dated telegram parcel

Letter follows at first opportunity.

I have received no letter from you lately for a long time.

Signature only: J.K. Dick Cunyngham

Date Nov 14.

Addressed to Mrs J. Dick Cunyngham, 28 Coleherne Court, South Kensington. London S.W. Postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE D? dated 15 NV 16

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 12 Nov 1916.

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 12 Nov 1916.

Letter written on Government embossed notepaper.

Saturday
My own darling one,

I’m just off to write to catch mail as I know I shan’t have time tonight. Isn’t it splendid getting back to a ‘Jock’ Divn & in H.G’s Army. I expect I shall find some old friends there.

My nose is perfectly all right, after a drive in an open car last evening – it was fairly cold motoring up.

They are all very kind & sorry I am going. I hate parting with old friends but am lucky in getting such a good Div.

All my love darling & god bless & keep you well

Ever your devoted Hubby
Jimmie

With envelope addressed to Mrs J. Dick Cunyngham, 28 Coleherne Court, South Kensington. London S.W. Endorsed On Active Service. Signed Dick Cunyngham. Passed by Censor No 21 cachet. Postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE unreadable dated 12 NV 16

CODE for use of DECK only. November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
SIGNAL SECTION.
9/11/16 IV
CODE for use of DECK only.
PHRASE or Word CODE NAME
Are you alright
Stand to
Stand down
May we stand down
(a) Yes
(b) No
Gas
Alert on
Alert off
Send one Section Support from Bn H.Q.
“ “ Platoon “ “ “
One Lewis Gun wanted
I want extra S.B.
Taken over completely
Handed over completely

Reports
(a) Marching in State
(b) Situation
(c) Intelligence
(d) Sap
(e) Patrol
(f) Casualties (wounded)
(g) Casualties (killed)
(h) Trench Stores List
(i) Work
Report not received PUB
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