10th October 1915: Diary

Sun., Oct 10, 1915 Aldershot Camp

  Orderly Room fixed.  Officers quarters generally got into order, fatigue parties found & orders re Sanitation carried out  Cook stations allotted.  Parade held by Squadron Commanders  Bathing  Rifle & Hut inspection being carried out.

9th October 1915: Diary

Sat., Oct 09, 1915 Aldershot Camp

3.30 AM The Relief was carried out & the Regiment commenced the march to Aldershot Camp at 3.30 am. 9th inst arriving at the Aldershot Huts at 10.30 am.
10.30 AM Day quiet & given over to resting & cleaning Rifles & Kit etc.

8th October 1915: Diary

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Fri., Oct 08, 1915 Ridgewood Farm

  Transport Base still at the Ridgewood Farm, Capt. Starm of Brigade Hdqts came in & gave orders for the Transport. to move at 4 P.M. and take up quarters at Aldershot Camp near Neuve Eglise
  Paymaster received orders to proceed to Dickybusch & guide the Regiment in Orders received from General Seeleys Force that the 2 C.M.R. would be relieved by the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade on the night  8/9th Machine Gun Section to be relieved on the 9th inst after being relieved to proceeding via Dranoutre. Neuve ENglise to Aldershot-huts
  Stations in Trenches  Sections N4. 5. 6. held by Squadron A   Sections 0 1 2. held by two troops C Squadron    Section 0.3.4. held by B Squadron  Support trenches No 1074 held by two troops C Squadron.  Regimental Headquarters at Battle HQ Bois Carre.
  Casualty report  No 107575 Trooper Street wounded in Eye.  Everything very quiet occasional Sniping Ammunition sent up to Trenches

7th October 1915: Diary

Thu., Oct 07, 1915 Trenches [Dickebusch]

  First casualty. Sgt Major J. Marchall. Shot by sniper through the heart.  Transports busy packing & taking up rations to the Regiment.  Quartermaster & Transport Officer went into Bailleul Artillery fire very strong around this district.

6th October 1915: Diary

Wed., Oct 06, 1915  Trenches [Dickebusch]

  The Adjutant ordered  Paymaster & Orderly Room Sergt down to the Base. to handle. Returns, Reports, Rations & Mail.  The said base is situated at Ridgeways Farm. near General Seeleys Headquarters. & about 1 ½ from Dickybush.

5th October 1915: Diary

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Tue., Oct 05, 1915  Trenches [Dickebusch]

  Morning Wet.  Men at their posts.  One casualty Trooper Nicholson.  Shot through the neck.  Very slightly but had to be removed to Hospital.
  Col C. L. Bott formed Regimental Headquarters in the Supporting position near the Regimental Signal Station.  Pay Master, Adjutant & Lt Agnew taking up a Dug-out.
  Mail Orderly, O. R. Sergt, & Servant near.  Fighting in the Trenches slow. nothing very much doing Bombing trenches by the enemy. & retaliation by the Regt.  Ammunition had to be sent up, princapally bombs Major General Seeley & Major General Turner. visited Trenches. , and Brigade Headquarters.

4th October 1915: Diary

Mon., Oct 04, 1915  [Kemmel to Bois Carre]

Raining very hard & camp was a mud hole. the Regt was ordered to move  out at 3.15 Pm & take up position in the 1st Line Trenches a distance of 9 to 10 miles to the firing line.
3.15 PM We marched about 4 miles & halted in a field for about 10 minutes after which made another march of about two miles, halted & here the provision Transport met us & gave out 24 hours rations on the move  again & relieved the West Yorkshire Regt & Lancashire Regt. the last of the Regt taking up position about 3.15 AM. the delay was caused by the men having to be relieved by Sections & Companys.
Midnight Men were very exhausted but took their posts & their new duties in good style. This was the first time the 2nd C.M.R. Regt had the honor and responsibility of a  line of trenches being given over to them.  The Transport left us about a mile  from the Communication Trenches & parked near a place called Dicky Bush [*Dickebusch] & about 200 yards from General Seeleys Headquarters,


*Dikkebus on modern maps

3rd October 1915: Diary

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Sun., Oct 03, 1915 Neuve Eglise

6 AM Day fine.
8 AM orders to pack. & prepare for march.
5.20 PM Moved off at 5.20 PM. Lt. Col C.L. Bott in Command.  Officers Mess Cart & Bedding & Ration Cart only Transport with the Regt.  which left the main body at the foot of Mont Kemmel when Major Moit  3 Regt. took command. & rejoined the Regiment at 12 midnight. all Bivouaced in a wood.

2nd October 1915: Diary

Sat., Oct 02, 1915 Neuve Eglise

6 AM Morning clear. Very cold, light frost covering ground
Inspection of Rifles.  Firing up at the lines very desultory
Call from Brigade for Linesmen the 2nd Regt were able to supply five good & experienced men.  these men to be attached to the Signal Staff.
Transport sent to Supply depot for supplies.  Called. “Brigade Supply Depot”, sent today for green mailing envelopes & Service P.C. for Regiment – “B”.
Staff & 11 of the Machine Gun Section warned for the Trenches tonight.
Lecture given to Officers & N.C.Os subject trench fighting given by Major Murray K.C. Horse 1 Calvary Brigade  he made lecture very interesting & dealt with Sanitary Methods How to take over Trenches. Water supply; Direction and length of trench & number of men required to man same.  Importance of marking flanks and why they must not be continued or lengthened. Enemy trenches. his habits & strength. Listening posts.

1st October 1915: Diary

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Fri., Oct 01, 1915 Neuve Eglise

  The Regiment Still encamped at ‘Neuve Eglise” A Squadron returned from Trenches.
  3rd Line Reserve were employed making new trench in front of 1st Line   C Squadron relieved A in the evening.  remainder of Troops in Camp were employed cleaning up same. Signallers on duty at Brigade Headquarters.  Transport went into town of Bailleul for supplies.
  2 men left for Bailleul to undergo Special course of instruction
  Col C.L. Bott visited the Trenches during the day.
  Enemy very quiet.  Some shelling from the enemys lines at our Aeroplanes. but no apparent damage done.  Men in good health. generally.  Bathing seems to be a trouble.  Accomodation key the source of it all. as many troops located in the vicinity.