3rd Grenadier Guards – War diary
|***Note by transcriber: The writing 1-10 Jan is very feint and difficult to read.***|
|1 -4 Jan 1918||Bn continued at “B” dump ARRAS ?????? ?EMMPOUX?. Railway ??????? delayed relief, no casualties.???? ???? ??? Right ?????? of Right sector. Dispositions No 2 Coy Right No 4 Coy Centre S of ?River? SCARPE No 3 Coy on left N of ?River? SCARPE (under OB left ?????) No 1 Coy in reserve. HQ JOHNSON AVENUE H30d.
Front line was held by posts. Trenches were in very good state & sector was very quiet. Work consisted of improving parapets and cleaning of posts. A ??? ????? ??? otherwise hardly any shelling. Casualties 3 OR wounded. Weather very cold & snow on ground.
|5 – 6 Jan 1918||Relieved by 1st Bn Scots Guards. Bn went onto right reserve No 2 & 4 Coys in ?LANCER? AVENUE (H29.b.9 & H29.d.). Bn HQ H23 central No 1 & 3 Coys CRUMP & CORDITE RESERVE (N of river) I.19.A. A good deal of work required in improvement of trenches. Baths at ????? LOCK available for No 2 & 4 Coys.|
|9 – 10 Jan 1918||Relieved by 1st Bn Irish Guards. bn less No 1 & 3 Coys entrained at B ??? ????? about ????? W of B. HQ N ???? ARRAS at ? ???. Right Coys did not reach ARRAS till 1.0 am owing to the train with relieving troops breaking down. Bn was billeted in LEVIS BARRACKS. Very good accomodation.|
|10 Jan 1918||Cleaning up. Following awards were paraded. Bar to D.S.O. Lt Col H.F.H.N. THORNE D.S.O. D.S.O. 2/Lt (at Capt) C.W. CARRINGTON, M.C. Capt J.S. HUGHES (wounded), Lt. C.C. CARSTAIRS, 2/Lt H.C. KNOLLYS.During the eight days Bn was in reserve in ARRAS. Training was conducted on the following lines: – Steady Drill (Only 1 Coy allowed to drill at a time). Wiring, bombing & Gas helmet drill. Ranges allotted to Bn on alternate days & a good training area available daily.|
|11 Jan 1918||Officers and section commanders on Field Firing Range under Commanding Officer. Draft of 200 men arrived.|
|12 Jan 1918||Inspection of new draft & training under Coy arrangements. Draft was trained separately for first few days.|
|13 Jan 1918||Baths allotted to 1 & 3 Coys & new draft. Parade service 11.15 am at the St Georges Club Hall. New draft firing on range under Asst/Adjutant.|
|14 Jan 1918||New squad of young corporals parade under Sgt Major. Stretcher bearers lectured by Medical Officer. Lt Col. A.F.A.N. THORNE D.S.O. to command Brigade.|
|15 Jan 1918||Training under Coy arrangements. Bn concert in evening.|
|16 Jan 1918||Officers and Platoon sergeants inspected the line. Major R.H.V. CAVENDISH M.V.O. returned from leave & took command of Bn.|
|17 Jan 1918||Bn went into R subsector of left sector. Entraining “O” dump 5.30 pm – Relieved 4th Bn Grenadier Guards. Relief complete 11.30 pm.Disposition of Coys took place as follows, No 1 Coy became centre Coy for Support Coy. each of 3 front Coys then had 4 posts in front line with Coy HQ in CURLY SUPPORT.
Remainder of Coys in line of strong points “C” & “D”. reserve Coy in C4D12 (By Bn HQ). Frost has thawed & trenches were in appaling state. Work concentrated on clearing & revetting. Sector very quiet.
|21 – 22 Jan 1918||Relieved by 1st Bn Scots Guards. Bn relieved to reserve. (HUDSON, LEMON & PUDDING Trenches) HQ at H.16.b. Fatigues were done under Bde arrangements. 1 Coy working on CAMEL AVENUE daily. Work, revetment of trenches which had fallen in in many places.|
|25 – 26 Jan 1918||Relieved 1st Bn Scots Guards in front line. No 3 Coy was right ???, No 2 Coy came into reserve. weather had much improved but trenches still in very bad condition. Hostile artillery lively. Gas shelling of back area & Trench mortaring of front line & junctions of C.Ts. casualties 1 OR killed 2 OR wounded.|
|29 – 30 Jan 1918||Relieved by 1st Bn Scots Guards and returned to Reserve Trenches ?? ?????. Remained there till end of month.|