2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment War Diary WO171/1348 [This is all hand written... so will take a while to transcribe] 1st – 30th June Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel WH Kempster Location: Whistable 1st – 5th June – NIL 6th June – Battalion placed at 6 hours notice to move to Marshalling Area. 9th – 15th June – NIL 16th June – Final despatch of mail from Battalion in UK. Location: UK 18th June – Marching troops depart 1100 hours. 19th June – Advance Party 58940 Major J Price and 5 ORs depart Whitsable and embarks. Battalion moves to Marshalling Area. Vehicle Party departs at 0345 hours. 19 – 20th June – NIL 22nd June - Vehicle Party embarks 23 – 24th June – NIL. 25th June – Marching troops embark. Location: France 26th June – Marching troops disembark – FRANCE. 2th June – Advance Party disembarks – FRANCE. 28th June – Vehicle party disembarks in France – Courseulles-sur-Mer. 29th June – Battalion established in assembly area at Subles. 30th June – 0900 – Orders received 0900 hours to move to forward locality at Le Mesnil-Patry. Location: Le Mesnil-Patry 1200 – Battalion established in area Le Mesnil-Patry. 1600 – Battalion area shelled – casualties: 58632 Temporary Captain WFT [H]erbert, 293744 w/Lieutenant G Edwards – wounded. Two ORs killed – 5 ORs wounded. 1800 – Orders received for Battalion move to front line position. 2130 – Advance Party moves to take over position area Mondrainville 9264. Main Body moves by march route. 1st – 31st July Location: Mondrainville 9264 1st July – Battalion HQ established at 925645 [Appendix 1] For the are shelled and mortared spasmodically during day. Casualties: - 58740 Major J Price – Killed - 42446 Cptain TR Baber - Wounded - 49532 Cptain Gay – Wounded - 3 ORs sick and evacuated 2nd July – 0630 – Observation post established at 925628. No activity reported on front. Battalion HQ and B Company area shelled and mortared. Maintenance train shelled. Casualties: 1 OR killed, 3 ORs wounded, 3 ORs sick and evacuated. 3rd July – Battalion area mortared and shelled occasionally. No casualties. 4th July – Intensive shelling and mortaring. Battalion moves to new location orders received to prepare to lay minefield on nights 5/6th and 6/7th. Daylight patrols report no activity. Casualties: Lieutenant R Hasted and 1 OR Killed. [Appendix B] 41233 Major HW Tyear, SWB (2IC) and 37 ORs join Battalion. 5th July – Mine laying postponed until night 7/8th July 44. Slight enemy shelling and mortaring. Casualties: 3 ORs wounded. 2 ORs sick and evacuated. 6th July – arrangements made for RE representatives and Battalion Pioneer O to make recce night 6/7th June. Heavy mortaring and shelling – our arty [replies]. Casualties: ORs wounded. 2 ORs sick and evacuated. 7th July – 0050 – Pioneer and RE representatives proceed on minefield recce from D Company locality. Tripwire laid in front of Company position. 0315 – RE reports in from recce. B, C and D Companies sleight mortaring during day. Sleight enemy reported by Regimental and Royal Artillery Observation posts. 2310 – C Company mine laying party proceed to C Panel. 2315 – D Company mine laying party proceed to B Panel 2342 – B Company mine laying party proceed to A Panel Casualties – 1 OR killed, 1 OR wounded. 8th July – 0255 – D Company report B Panel complete. 0445 – Pioneer Officer report A Panel will be completed night 8/9th at 150 yards to be done. 0425 – C Company report C Panel complete. Sleight mortaring during day 2330 – Recce patrol despatched. Casualties – 2 ORs killed, 7 ORs wounded, 3 ORs sick and evacuated. 9th July – 0200-0245 – Three calls made for arty defensive fire tasks as counter-mortar [support?]. 0400 – Recce patrol returns. Reports NIL. Enemy activity during day restricted to shelling and mortaring. 2330 – Recce patrol despatched. No casualties. 10th July – 0245 – Patrol returns, reports enemy in wood 917625 (approximately 1 Company) 0250 to 430 – Commanding Officer calls for nine defensive fire shoots in area 917625 and adjacent enemy positions suspected. 0450 – Patrol despatched to report on wood 917625. 0630 – Prisoner taken by D Company and despatched to Brigade. 1640 – Patrol returns with report on wood 917625. Reports enemy 914625. Royal Artillery shoot on this. Casualties – 1 OR killed – 4 ORs wounded. 11th July – Four Prisoners of war taken during day. 2115 – A Company reports Cahier 9056628 is enemy strong point. Patrol from this Company sent out to investigate. Casualties:- 1 OR. 12th July – General activity and shelling during night on Battalion left flank. 0400 – Patrol returns – reports wiring North-East of Cahier Casualties 3 ORs – 2 ORS previously casualties returned. 13th July – 0015-0120 – Intermittent enemy shelling 0445 – D Company patrol reports enemy infantry activity in West Wood 917625. 1015 – B Company patrols reports enemy West and North West Wood 917635. Shot one man. 1040 – C Company report two men missing from Bren group 923638. 1330 – Cahier area hit by our medium regiment and 25 pounders for ten minutes. 1350 – Cahier area hit by our 4.2” mortars for ten minutes. 1630 – Two missing men found dead. 2130 – Standing patrol of Lieutenant F Evans and 38 ORs briefed and despatched by CO to wood 917625. Task – to remain until prisoner of war taken or withdrawn by CO. Casualties:- 3 ORs killed, 1 OR wouned, 2 ORs sick and evacuated. 14th July – 0530 – Patrol established in Wood 917635. Mortaring and shelling intermittently during day. 2030 – Commanding officer calls for arty fire on 909629 (25 pounders) and 906629 (medium) as result of patrol report. Casualties:- 295370 Lieutenant DD Houler – wounded. 2 ORs wounded, 1 OR sick and evacuated. 15th July – Prisoner of War identified as 991 Grenadier Regiment bought in by C Company. 0945 – Report form D Company observation post of enemy platoon approaching company position. “Alert” to Battalion HQ, Mortars and Carriers. 1030 – No activity reported, alert ceases. 2130 – Mortaring reported A Company locality. No casualties. 15th/16th July – Battalion forward Companies form protection for start line of Ox and Bucks attack which is made through Battalion position. Mortar platoon shoots in support of this attack. Standing patrol in Wood 917625 affords flank protection for Ox and Bucks. 1700 – Relief of standing patrol by unit of 71 Brigade complete. 2115 – Battalion moves to new area [Appendix 3] 2300 – Battalion HQ established. A Echelon shelled. Casualties: 7 ORs killed – 13 ORs wounded, 3 ORs sick and evacuated.