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War Diary, 2/18th London Regiment – November 1916

November 1st – Vacquerie.
Bttn in billets at Vacqueire.
Bttn inspected on the march by Commander in Chief, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, who congratulated the battalion on its bearing and efficiency.


November 2nd – Vacquerie/Gorenflos.
Bttn marched from Vacquerie to billets at Gorenflos via Gorges.


November 3rd – Gorenflos.
Bttn in billets. Carried out interior economy and training including attack in waves.


November 4th – Gorenflos.
Bttn in billets. General training.


November 5th – Gorenflos.
Bttn in billets.
Sunday mass in village church at 730am. C of E church parade at 3pm.


November 6th – Gorenflos.
Bttn in billets. General Training.


November 7th– Gorenflos.
Billet in billets.
The following party departed on leave: Major JE Payton, Capt Frisby, Capt JWF Harding, Capt Lane, Capt Peckham, 2/Lieut Tolson, RSM Walsh and 7 ORs.
2/Lieut TA Willis took over duties as Acting Adjutant during the absence of Capt HS Lane on leave.


November 8th – Gorenflos.
Bttn marched to Brigade Parade at Ailly at which Brigadier General Studd gave 3 decorations to members of the 2/17th Bttn London Regiment and bade farewell to the Brigade. The 2/18th was described by Brigade Staff as the smartest and sturdiest on parade.


November 9th – Gorenflos.
The following party went on leave to England: Capt Churchill RAMC, Lieuts CS Williams, Collenette, Thompson, Wilson, 2/Lieut Whyte, Cousin and 13 ORs.
Lieut Col Murphy received orders to proceed to England and report to Secretary of War Office in writing.


November 10th – Gorenflos.
Major AE Norton, West Africa Regiment reported for duty.
Officers of the battalion entertained Lieut Col Murphy to dinner and expressed their confidence in his leadership and sympathy in his sorrow.


November 11th – Gorenflos.
Major AE Norton assumed command of the battalion.
Lieut Col Murphy visited each platoon and bade farewell to the Officers and Men, shaking each man by the hand.
When he left for the station at 6pm, the men lined the road and cheered him and the officers took the horse from the shafts and drew the vehicle on their shoulders amidst scenes of intense enthusiasm for Lieut Col Murphy.


November 12th – Gorenflos.
Bttn attended Church Parade and games.


November 13th – Gorenflos.
Bttn inspected in the morning by Major AB Norton and at 230pm by Brigadier General Carleton, Commanding 180th Infantry Brigade.


November 14th – Gorenflos.
The following officers returned from leave: Lieut Williams, Lieut Wilson, Capt Churchil RAMC, 2/Lieut Whyte, 2/Lieut Couson.
Bttn engaged in interior economy.


November 15th – Gorenflos.
The following officers returned from leave: Major Payton, Capt Frisby, Capt Harding, Capt Lane, Lieut Collenette, Lieut Thompson, Capt Peckham, 2/Lieut Tolson.
Bttn engaged in interior economy.


November 16th – Gorenflos.
Bttn engaged in interior economy and training.


November 17th – Gorenflos.
Bttn engaged in interior economy and training.


November 18th – Gorenflos.
Bttn engaged in interior economy and training.


November 19th – Gorenflos.
Bttn marched from Gorenflos at 530am to Longpre and entrained from Marseille at 2pm. Rear party of 10 officers and 10 servants under Capt Frisby marched from Gorenflos at 215pm and entrained for Marseille at 510pm.


November 20th – In the Train.
Bttn in the train on route for Marseille.


November 21st – In the Train.
Bttn arrived at Marseille at midnight and marched to Camp Carcassone, Rear Party arrived at 8am 22/11/16.


November 22nd – Marseille.
Bttn in camp at Marseille.


November 23rd – Marseille.
Bttn in camp at Marseille.


November 24th – Marseille.
Bttn in camp at Marseille.


November 25th – At Sea.
Bttn embarked on HM Transport Caledonia for Salonika and sailed at 530pm.


November 26th – At Sea.
Bttn at sea. Rear party of 2 platoons and detail under Capt Frisby with 13 officers remained at camp Carcassone. 2/Lieut Willis acted as Adjutant to details.


November 27th – At Sea.
Bttn at sea.


November 28th – At Sea.
Bttn at Sea.


November 29th – At Sea.
Bttn at sea.


November 30th – At Sea.
Bttn at sea. Arrived Salonika on night 30 Nov/1 Dec.