10th Battalion patch. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial
10th Battalion – January 1917
HOBART CAMP Raining practically the whole day. Camp in a very bad way with mud, majority of tents leaking, and the men placed in huts opposite….
Situated Hobart Camp. …fatigues Etc… 3 Other ranks evacuated to Hospital. 1 Other rank rejoined from Hospital, 45 Other ranks from Reinforcement & Hospital…
Moved by Train from Quarry Siding Station to Meaulte, Entrained at Quarry Siding Station at 0940. detraining at Meaulte Siding at 1330, thence by March to Dernancourt…
DERNANCOURT Battalion resting and General Cleaning up of all clothing and equipment, Evacuated 1 Other rank, Transferred 1 Other rank.
Commence light Training & Marching. 4 Hours a day, rejoined from Hospital 1 Officer (Major Giles) and 32 Other ranks.
Battalion at Baths (Vivier Mills) partially Trained platoon inspected by C.O. Brigade Hqrs established at Dernancourt. Evacuations 4 Other ranks.
Training and Battalion inspection by Commanding Officer, 2 Officers 106 Other ranks proceed to Corp Musketry School at 1130. Party entrained at ALBERT at 1330. Evacuations 1 Other rank.
Training Etc, 0900 to 1200, Route March from 1330 to 1530. Commence training as per Syllabus 5 Hours per day. Evacuations NIL, rejoined from Hospital 1 Otherrank.
Battalion at Dernancourt Range, practices fired 5 Rounds … a light snowfall commenced at 1200, and effected the shooting to a large extent as men were very cold, and difficulty was experienced in steadying Rifles.
Moved by March from Dernancourt to Bresle, via Buire, passed starting point at 1300 and arrived Bresle 1530. Battalion under canvas in “B” Camp. Evacuations 1 Officer Capt. G. C. Magenis.
Training as per Syllabus and Route March, accompanied by Brigade Band. Evacuations 2 other ranks. Rejoined from Hospital 9 other ranks. Joined from Reinforcements 4 other ranks.
Very Heavy Snowfall, Training almost impossible on account of the cold, snow-ball attacks by Companies, and Route Marching….
Still very cold; Training and Snow-ball fighting, Gen Birdwood visits camp at 1300, Partially trained men, drafted to Company’s as now being trained soldiers. … Evacuations 2 Other ranks, Rejoined from Hospital 40 other ranks.
Training as per Syllabus, 1 Company on Ranges at Musketry, 1 Company at Bombing Ground, throwing live Bombs. Evacuations 4 other ranks…
Church Parade at Billet No. 50 and time occupied in Cleaning up…
Training as per Syllabus. Battalion practice Attack, Trenches marked out on ground, “A” & “B” Coys formed as attacking Company’s. “C” Coy as “Moppers up”, and “D” Coy in support. Attack very successful…
ALBERT Move by March from BRESLE to ALBERT… Roads very slippery, horses almost unable to stand up…
Training as per Syllabus. Enemy shelling Albert, one Billett damaged, no casualties. Enemy Planes dropped 8 Bombs near Railway Station, then directed Machine Gun fire on the streets…
Training as per Syllabus. Enemy shelling much quieter, at 1900 several Enemy Planes dropped Bombs on the Town. Evacuations 3 other ranks, Rejoined from Hospital 1 Officer Lieut Walsh. Joined from Reinforcements 2 Officers Lieut’s Collison & Miller.
General Cleaning up of all Equipment Etc, and letter writing, Evacuations 2 Officers Lieuts Partridge and Davidson, and 15 other ranks…