March 1st to 3rd – Raimbert.
Proceed by route march to Erny St Julien (in First Army Area). Left Raimbert at 850am and arrived 330pm in heavy snow storm. Marched via Estree Blanche – Enquingatte and went into billets in Erny St Julien. Barns good.
March 5th – Erny St Julien.
First day field training. Artillery formation practised. Retuned to billets about 430pm.
March 6th – Erny St Julien.
Owing to severe weather, field training postponed. Lectures in billets.
March 7th – Erny St Julien.
Defence scheme carried out. Idea – defence of Erny St Julien.
March 8th – Erny St Julien.
Field exercise – the attack.
March 9th – Erny St Julien/Sachin.
Moved to Sachin. Road very slippery- great difficulty with Transport. Arrived and went into billets at Sachin at 330pm.
March 10th – Sachin/Bruay.
Marched from Sachin to Bruay with 19th Battalion. Difficulty in finding billets owing to Staff Captains having missed billeting representatives.
March 11th – Bruay.
March 12th – Bruay.
March 13th – Villers.
Moved to Villers au Bois and Carency and took over from 2nd North Hampshires.
March 14th – Carency Section.
Went into left sub-Section, Carency Section and relieved 1st Sherwood Forresters.
March 15th – Carency Section.
Signal dugout blown in by Aerial Torpedo – Sgt Jones DCM Signal Sergeant and Signal Rigger killed. 3 others wounded, all of Signal Section. L/Cpl Norman 17th Battalion arrived to reconnoitre line.
March 16th – Carency Section.
Relieved by 17th Battalion. Two coys proceeded to Carency and 2 coys to Villers au Bois.
March 17th/18th – Carrency/Villers.
Supplied working parties.
March 19th – Carency/Villers.
Bttn HQ was moved to Town Mayor’s house in Villers au Bois.
March 20th – Verdrel.
Moved to Verdrel. Billets for men good, difficulty for officers.
March 21st – Verdrel.
Working party at Gouy. Five officers, 250 men for 138 AT Coy RE.
March 22nd – Verdrel.
Same working party furnished as on the 21st.
March 23rd – Verdred.
Bathing at Fresnicourt.
March 24th – Verdrel.
Inspection of coys by CO impossible to be carried out owing to snow.
March 25th – Verdrel.
Brigade Ceremonial – Corp Commander Lt-General H Wilson inspected the Brigade – snow very thick on the ground.
March 26th – Bouvigny.
Battalion moved to Bouvigny huts – took over from 20th Battalion. Relief completed by 11am – pelting rain.
March 27th – Bouvigny.
Relieved by 19th Battalion in Bouvigny huts. Relief completed by 630pm. Still raining. Took over the Lorette trenches from 24th Battalion.
March 28th – Lorette Sector.
The Brigadier General and Brigade Major came to Bttn HQ at 7pm. Too dark for them to go round line.
March 29th – Lorette Sector.
CO went to Servins in order to proceed to England for his investiture.
March 30th – Lorette Sector.
Brigadier General and Brigade Major went round line about 530pm.
March 31st – Lorette Sector.
Major General Barter and Lt Col Newton Taylor came to Bttn HQ at 10am and went up to “A” Coy . Unable to proceed further owing to open ground.