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War Diary, 2/18th London Regiment – February 1917

1st to 3rd February – Cugunci, Malovci, Gtolajak Valley.
A, B, C and half of D Companies engaged on road making on Malovci – Cugcuni road.
Half D Company engaged on work in connection with the extension of light Decauville railway from Mihalova to Cugunci.
Strength of Battalion – 38 Officers, 881 ORs.


4th February – Cugunci, Malovci, Gtolajak Valley.
A Company moved to camp near Malunci Bridge (400 yards west).
Remainder of Bttn engaged on work as above.
1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.


5th to 11th February – Cugunci, Malovci, Gtolajak Valley.
A, B, C and half of D Companies engaged on road making on Malovci – Cugunci road.
Half D Company engaged on light railway.

5th – 6 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.

8th – 1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.

9th – 1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station. 9 OR taken on strength from Base Hospital.


12th to 20th February – Cugunci, Malovci, Gtolajak Valley.
A, B, C and half of D Companies engaged on road making on Malovci – Cugucni road.
Half D Company engaged on light railway.

12th – Draft of 57 OR reported from Divisional Base Camp. 80% with previous service with 1/18 Bttn London Regiment.

14th – 1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.

15th – 1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.

18th – 1 OR to England (underage).

19th – 1 OR to England (underage).

20th – 3 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.


21st February – Kirec.
The Battalion less half of D Company moved to new area near Kirec to carry out defence work on Corps retired line. Other half D Company left in former area to complete extension of Decauville railway to Cugunci. Map references of new camps as follows:
HQ, ½ D Company – 125625/167075.
A Coy – 127700/167075.
B Coy – 123400/166900.
C Coy -126925/166925.
24 Limbers and 4 Motor Lorries were supplied to carry surplus kit on 21/2/17 and 23 limbers on 22/2/17, which completed the move.
March casualties – nil.


22nd February – Kirec.
Bttn engaged in completing camps. Officers and NCOs reconnoitred proposed work and organised their arrangements.


23rd February – Kirec.

Bttn started work on wiring and digging out trenches.
47 ORs arrived as Draft from Base.


24th February – Kirec.
Bttn engaged on Corps Defence Line, wiring and..
2 ORs re-joined unit from Base.
1 OR evacuated sick to CC Station.
Major Crabbe arrived from 2/21 Bttn London Regiment and appointed Major with 2/18th Bttn.


25th/26th February – Kirec.
Bttn engaged on Corps Defence Line.
Half D Company at Bttn 24/2/17.


27th February – Mihalova.
Bttn (less ½ D Coy) moved into bivouac at Mihalova. Left Kirec 1700 hrs.
Rear Party of 6 Officers and 35 ORs left to guard camp.


28th February- Mihalova.
Bttn (less ½ D Company) in bivouac Mihalova.
Other half D Company in camp Mihalova.