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1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Battalion War Diary July 1917

Place Date             Diary
 D CAMP 1st July  From 8 a.m. onwards Companies paraded for Baths. 
At 11 a.m. Divine Service was  held in the Church Army Hut near Camp.
Four Officers and one NCO per platoon received instruction in Bayonet fighting and
physical training from Brigade instructor in the afternoon.
  2nd   Parades were carried out in accordance with Programme of Training. 
  3rd   The Battalion marched to Poperinghe Station and entrained for St Momelin area in accordance with 153rd Inf. Bde 0.0 213.  Transport moved by road.  Battalion entrained at St Omer and marched to billets in Nieurlet arriving at about 5.30 p.m. 



 Training was carried out during the period on St Momelin area in accordance with programme.
at 3 p.m. on 10th, a ceremonial Parade attended by all units of the Brigade took place at which the GOC XVIII Corps presented medal ribbons to Officers and other ranks of the 153rd Inf Bde.  2 Officers and 17 other ranks of the Battalion were decorated.  Battalion Land and Water Sports were held on the afternoon of 14th. 
 The Battalionembussed on the St Momelin-Broxeele Road under orders of 152nd Inf Bde and proceeded to St Janster Biezen area. Transport moved fy road, billeting on the night 22/23rd at Wormhoudt, and arrived in Camp on 23rd.  Debussing on the Poperinghe-Proven Road the Battalion marched to Camp at F. 26.6 where they were accomodated in tents. 


Parades carried out under Company arrangements. 
WINDMILL CAMP 29th The Battalion marched from Camp to Windmill Camp just North of Inn and Windmill on Poperinghe-Elverdinghe Road (Map ref. Hazebrouck 5a).  A and D Companies on arrival there occupied bivouacs and B and C Coys. occupied ground close to Camp mentioned above.  In the evening B and C Coys. moved into bivouacs in Camp. 
Two other ranks attached to Tunnelling Coy. reported killed. 

Preparations were made for the attack, issue of rations, water etc.  The Battalion rested from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m..  In the evening the Battalion moved to position of assembly - in the British Front Line trenches, in one line behind the parados, and immediately in rear of the 1/7th Black Watch.

History of battle will be compiled and forwarded separately. 

      Signed C. Robertson, Major for Lt. Col. Comdg 1/5th Bn Gordon Highlanders

Casualty List July 1917 (From the War Diary)

  Date Number Rank   Name Nature of Casualty   Notes 
19  July 260118   Pte White, Nathanial Wounded Scotsman 18/8/197 - casualty list - wounded (Paisley) attached RE. SWB  (Formerly A&SH)
 29 July  260177   Pte Syder, B (Sidey, Robert) Killed in action Age 39. Son of Christina and the late Alexander Sidey, of Perth; husband of Mary Ann Sidey, 31 Canal St., Perth. (POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY) 
 29 July 260185   Pte Scott, J   Killed in action  Age 42. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Scott; husband of Marion Scott, 234 North Woodside Rd., Glasgow  (POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY) 

Diary notes that: "30/31. Record of casualties not yet received."

Casualties for 30/31 July (from Soldiers Died in the Great War)

Casualty list for 30/31 July - wounded (From The Scotsman)

Buchan Observer district casualty index August-September 1917

Operational Order for Battle planned for 31st July (From War Diary)

Battalion Strength for month of July (From War Diary)

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Carolyn Morrisey