NO. 6 RESERVE BRIGADE ARTILLERY WAR DIARY December 1917

 

 

NO. 6 RESERVE BRIGADE ARTILLERY

WAR  DIARY

BISCOT CAMP, LUTON

DECEMBER  1917

 

Dec 1

2nd Lt. W.R. BISHOP Sth. Midland Bde R.F.A having joined for duty was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

200 Details arrived from 67th Divisional Artillery Canterbury and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. LAIDLOW, 1st South Midland Brigade R.F.A. was posted to 72nd Divisional Artillery and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 3

Lieut. C.E.H. PINKERTON 4th London (How) Bde/. R.F.A joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 4

20 Horses L.D. were transferred to Remount Depot Swaythling and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

20 Mules L.D. arrived from Remount Depot Ormsirk and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. T.A.C. JONES 2nd London Bde. R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

A draft of 2 Bombardiers, 58 Gunners, 3 Signallers and 2 Fitters proceeded to France

 

10 Mules L.D. were transferred to Remount Depot Swaythling and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 5

2nd Lt. D.N. FINDLAY, 2nd Scottish Horse having joined the Brigade on probation pending transfer is taken on the strength

 

The undermentioned Officers proceeded Overseas to France and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Lieut. W.E. BROWN     R.F.A.   (T)

 

2nd Lt. H.H. McGRATH R.F.A.    (T)

“          W.W. BROWN

“          S.S. ALLEN

“          R. HENDERSON

“          H.S. BUCK

 

2ND Lt. J.C. CORNELIUS  R.F.A.    (S.R.)

“          C.H. BARKER

“          H.L.H. DILLON                       “

 

112 Details arrived from 67th Divisional Arty. and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

13 Signallers arrived from 346th and 348th Brigade R.F.A. and were taken on strength of the Brigade

 

Horse L.D. No. 135 was transferred to North Midland Veterinary Hospital, London Road, Luton and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 7

Major P. JOHNS R.F.A. (T) having been posted to 326th Brigade R.F.A. (65th Division) Kildare is struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

90 Details arrived from Ripon and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. C.P. MONK, 2ND Lon. Brigade R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 8

Horse L.D. No. 174 was transferred to North Midland Veterinary Hospital, London Road, Luton and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 10

20 Horses, L.D. were transferred to Remount Depot Swaythling and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Horse No. 570 L.D. was transferred to North Midland Veterinary London Road, Luton and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Lieut. A.H. WARNER, 419th Battery R.F.A. (T) Herne Bay, joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

30 Recruits joined from No. 4 Depot R.F.A. Woolwich and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 11

Horses R.No.13 and L.D. No. 697 were transferred to North Midland Veterinary Hospital, London Road, Luton and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Captain P.H. GIBBIINS, 3rd London Brigade R.F.A. (T) joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 12

110 L.D. Horses arrived from Shirehampton Remount Depot and were taken on the strength of the Brigade.

 

Lieut. A.F. BOURDAS M.C., 7th London Bde. R.F.A. (T) joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

10 L.D. Mules were transferred to Remount Depot Swaythling and were struck off the strength of the Bde.

 

Dec 13

17 Recruits joined from No. 4. Depot, R.F.A Woolwich and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 14

30 L.D. Horses arrived from Remount Depot Market Harboro.

Dec 14

The undermentioned Officers proceeded Overseas to France and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. G.H. GOODENOUGH     R.F.A.  (T)

 

2nd Lt. H.N. SNODGRASS           R.F.A.  (S.R)

“          J. WHITLEY

“          W.D. WILLIAMS

“          H.H. SPURR

“          W. SUNDERLAND

“          A.E. WATKINS

“          H.C. WILLIAMSON

“          J.R. WALKER                       “          “

 

Dec 16

The undermentioned Officers of the R.F.A  Special Reserve having joined the Brigade were taken on the strength

 

2nd Lt. C.E.W. JONES

“          R.S. MORRIS

“          W.. RETTIE

“          S.R.K. REAKES

“          R.W. THOMAS

 

2nd Lt. J.H.G. SADDINGTON, 1st Lon. Bde. R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on strength

 

2nd Lt. A.H.L. WALTERS 5th Loln. Bde. R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on strength

 

A draft of 1 Corporal, 1 Bombardier, 95 Gunners and 7 Drivers proceeded Overseas to France.  Total 104

 

Dec 19

The undermentioned Officers proceeded Overseas to France

 

2nd Lt. F. STADWOOD       R.F.A.   (T.F.)

“          N.A. WISE

“          C. VAGG

“          H. WRIGHT

“          A.F. HUGGINS              “            “

 

2ND Lt. A.G. TOBIAS          R.F.A.  (S.R.)

“          G.S. DAVIDSON

“          F.W. HUDD

“          H.F. DARBY                  “             “

 

20 L.D. Horses transferred to Remount Depot, Swaythling

 

Lieut. E. BARTON R.F.A. was transferred for duty with Ministry of Munitions and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 20

2nd Lt. H. MARSH 1st Lon. Bde R.F.A. was taken on the strength of the Brigade

Dec 21

20 L.D. Horse arrived from Remount Depot Market Harborough and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Lieut. J. LOW, 2ND Wessex Brigade, R.F.A. proceeded Overseas and was struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Lieut. B.B. CLARKE, 3rd London Bde R.F.A. was transferred for duty with Ministry of Munitions and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 22

8 Riding, 8 L.D. and 1 H.D.  Horses were transferred to the North Midland Veterinary Hospital London Road and were struck off the strength of the  Brigade

 

Dec 23

The undermentioned Officers proceeded Overseas and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. W.C. RATTRAY        R.A.F.   S.R.

“          F. WRIGHT                   “        “

“          T.N. BESSUNGER

“          P.W. M. QUICKE

“          S.F. PRYKE                     “        “

 

2nd Lt. C.P. MONK              R.A.F.  T.F.

 

Mule No. 113 was transferred to North Midland Veterinary Hospital, London Road, Luton and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 24

10 L.D. Mules were transferred to Remounts Luton, and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

 

Royal Greetings Xmas 1917

 

“I send to all ranks of the Navy and Army my hearty Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  I realise your hardships, patiently and cheerfully borne and rejoice in the successes you have won so nobly.  The Nation stands faithful to its pledges, resolute to fulfil them.  May God bless your efforts and give you victory.

 

Christmas thoughts are with the wounded Sailors and Soldiers.  We know by personal experience with what patience and cheerfulness their suffering is borne.

 

We wish all a speedy restoration to health, a restful Christmastide and brighter days to come.” 

 

Dec 26

Lieut. G. WEIR, 6th London Bde. R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 27

20 L.D. Horses and 6 L.D. Mules were transferred to Remount Depot, Swaythling and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. J.H. CHEW, 7th London Brigade R.F.A. reported for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Dec 27

The undermentioned Officers reported for duty from No. 3. R.F.A Officers’ Cadet School, Weedon and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. J.B.I. BELLAIRS     1st London Bde. R.F.A

“          H.P. CHILVER                          “

 

2nd Lt. S.I. DOORMAN     3rd London Bde R.F.A.

 

2nd Lt. A.H. FREAKES       6th London. Bde. R.F.A

 

2nd Lt. R.S. CREED            1st Sth Mid. Bde R.F.A.

 

 

 

Xmas Entertainments etc.

 

The Commandant wishes to express his appreciation of the excellent arrangements made by Lieut. WILSON P.R.I. for the Xmas dinners and of his energy and zeal for the comfort of the Men.

 

To the success of the Xmas dinners, the skill and ability of Sergeant McCONNELL (Sergeant cook) largely contributed

 

The arrangements for the Entertainments on Christmas Day were admirably made by Lieut. HOWELL Hon. Sec. Entertainments Committee and carried out to  the entire satisfaction of all.

 

Dec 28

Draft No. 44 comprising of 3 Sergeants, 2 Corporals, 3 Bombardiers, 112 Gunners, 50 Drivers, and 2 Fitters proceeded Overseas to France.  Total 172

 

The undermentioned Officers joined for duty and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Major J.G.G. THOMPSON R.F.A.

 

Lieut. F.H. COBBOLD R.F.A.

 

2nd Lt. R.A. WEISS, 3rd London Brigade, R.F.A. joined for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. H.P. EDMUNDS, 1st Wessex Brigade, R.F.A. was transferred to Anti-Aircraft Depot, Abbeywood and struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

 

Discipline

 

The Commandant wishes to express his appreciation of the exemplary behaviour of the men of this Brigade during Christmas Week.

 

Dec 29

The undermentioned Officers proceeded Overseas to France and were struck off the strength of the Brigade

 

2nd Lt. T.A. DRISCOLL    R.F.A.  S.R.

“          J.J. DALY

“          L.C. HOPKINS

 

2ND Lt. W.E. CLARKE      R.F.A.  T.F.

 

2nd Lt. F.S. MILLER          R.F.A.  S.R.

“          J. CARR

“          G.F. HALLETT          “        “

“          J.P. LOCK                 “       “

 

2nd Lt. W.F. LAWRENCE   R.F.A.  T.F.

“          C.V. PERRIN

“         A.G. BALLARD           “         “

 

Dec 31

2nd Lt. A.W. LAXTON, 3/1st S. Midland Bde R.F.A. reported for duty and was taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

The undermentioned Officers reported for duty from No. 1 R.T.H. Cadet School, St. Johns Wood, and were taken on the strength of the Brigade

 

Lieut. A.S. FOWLER

“         F.A. MITCHELL   R.F.A.

 

Lieut W.N. ORCHARD  Special Reserve

“         C.U. PRITTICK

“          J. ELLIOT                           “

 

 

The following casualties occurred amongst the Horses and Mules of the Brigade during the month of December 1917

 

Horses

160 Joined

104 Transferred

Leaving a total of 461

 

Mules

20 Joined

37 Transferred

Leaving a total of 20

 

 

Object Location: 

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Current Location: 

Wardown Park Museum
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Luton
LU2 7HA
United Kingdom

Most Relevant Date: 

Saturday, December 1, 1917 to Monday, December 31, 1917

Source Date: 

Monday, December 31, 1917