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

August 1st – Trenches.

Bttn in Brigade Reserve.

Divisional Trench Raiding School – the following officers and 52 Other Ranks detailed to attend: 2/Lt Brown, 2/Lt Cuolahan.


August 2nd – Trenches.

Bttn in Brigade Reserve.

The following officer admitted to hospital sick: 2/Lt Toms.

The following killed in action: No 5565 Rfn A Burns.

Other Ranks wounded – 2.

Divisional Sniping School. Three Other Ranks detailed to attend.


August 3rd – Trenches.

Bttn relieved 2/20th London Regiment in Trenches. Relief completed by 11pm.


August 4th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Other Ranks, killed: Cpl Jackman No 2406. Wounded: 7.

2/Lt FT Curling proceeded to attend Divisional Trench Raiding Course in place of 2/Lt Coulahan, who was admitted to hospital.


August 5th – Trenches.

Bttn in Trenches.

Captain WL Deacon reported from 3rd Army Infantry School.

2/Lt AJ Davis wounded. Other Ranks: wounded – 4.

Attached 1/13th. Other Ranks – 1 killed, 2 wounded.

Draft of 50 Other Ranks reported from 18th Reserve Bttn London Regiment.


August 6th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.


August 7th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

The following officers reported for duty: 2/Lt JH Standrick, 2/Lt E Hicks, 2/Lt JA Diamond.

Trench Mortar Course. The following officer and 6 Other Ranks proceeded to attend: 2/Lt Sanderson.

Admitted to hospital: Wounded, Other Ranks – 9; Sick, Other Ranks – 2.


August 8th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Admitted to hospital: Wounded, Other Ranks – 7; Sick, Other Ranks – 4.


August 9th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Course in use of Panels and flares. Two Other Ranks detailed to attend.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks:  Wounded – 1. Sick – 2.


August 10th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Relieved by 2/20th Bttn London Regiment. Relief completed midnight.

Bttn marched to rest billets at Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: Wounded – 3. Sick – 1.


August 11th – Mont St Eloi.

Bttn in Rest Billets.


August 12th – Mont St Eloi.

Lewis Gun Course, La Touquet. 2/Lt Harrington and 2 Other Ranks reported for this course.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: Sick – 4.


August 13th – Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks:  Sick – 2.

Machine Gun Corps. Other Ranks attached for duty.

Physical Training Course. 2/Lt Toms and one Other Rank has proceeded to this course.


August 14th – Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: Sick – 4.


August 15th – Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: Sick – 4.


August 16th – Mont St Eloi.

2/Lt WH Clement reported for duty from Reserve Bttn.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks; Sick – 1.


August 17th – Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Sick: Other Ranks – 7.

Sixty Other Ranks transferred to 2/18 London Regiment from 1/12 London Regiment.


August 18th – Mont St Eloi.

Admitted to hospital. Sick: Other Ranks – 1.

Bttn relieved 2/20 London Regiment in trenches. Relief complete by 2am.


August 19th – In Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Admitted to hospital.  Sick: Other Ranks – 2.


August 20th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Admitted to hospital. Wounded: Other Ranks – 7. Sick: Other Ranks – 2.


August 21st – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Four Other Ranks detailed to attend Course in Traffic Control Duties (Divisional).

Admitted to hospital. Wounded: Other Ranks – 8. Sick:  Other Ranks – 8.


August 22nd – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Crater Consolidation Course. 2/Lt Diamond and two Other Ranks detailed to attend,

C Company began construction of 4th post on right of lip of Tisda Crater.

Killed: Other ranks – 3. Wounded: 10. Sick: 5.


August 23rd –Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Divisional Sniping School. Three Other Ranks detailed to attend.

C Company continued construction of new position at Tidsa Crater. Enemy attacked work with explosion of what is apparently a charge placed underground in front of the working, blowing in the sap and driving back our working party and bombers. One bomber Rfn O’Connell missing.

Wounded: Other Ranks – 7. Sick – 10.


August 24th – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.

Bttn relieved by 2/20th London Regiment. Relief by 11pm. 2/Lt Brown and 2/Lt Curling and 40 Other Ranks made a raid upon enemy’s line at 1110 starting from Dead End Sap and advancing along sap. , returning by P79 Sap 1. No Germans seen but trenches found to be very badly broken up by shell holes. Casualties: One Other Rank slightly wounded, admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: sick – 1.


August 25th – Trenches.

Bttn in support.


August 26th – Trenches.

Bttn in support.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: wounded – 1.

Brigade Cookery Coure. 3226 Rfn Elliott detailed to attend.


August 27th – Trenches.

Bttn in support.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: wounded – 1, sick – 3.


August 28th – Trenches.

Bttn in support.

Brigade Crater Consolidation Course. 2/Lt Clement and 2 Other Ranks detailed to attend.


August 29th – Trenches.

Bttn in support.

Admitted to hospital. Other Ranks: sick – 1.


August 30th – Trenches.

Bttn relieved 2/20th London Regiment in first line. Relief complete by 2am, 31/8/16. Trenches very wet and muddy. Collapsed in many place. Draft of 46 Other Ranks reported for duty.


August 31st – Trenches.

Bttn in trenches.