10th Battalion patch. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial
10th Battalion – November 1917
November 1 – ANZAC RIDGE (western Belgium)
Battalion moved forward to support position and relieved the 9th Battalion. The day was quiet and no casualties were received.
Battalion supplied carrying and working parties, being frequently interrupted by enemy shell fire, both gas and high explosive. Casualties, however, were slight. On the afternoon of the 5th, the Battalion moved back to reserve position on Westhoek Ridge, relieving the 4th Battalion.
Employed in improving and constructing accommodation.
In the morning the Battalion was relieved by the 66th British Division and moved back to Halifax Camp.
[NOTE – the first 9 days of this month’s 10th Battalion upload are not included in the official diary. However, small notes have been transferred from “The Fighting 10th” by Cecil Lock, 1936]
November 10 – HALIFAX CAMP
Cleaning up. Re-equipping, clothing and bath.
11 – RENESCURE
Moved from Halifax Camp by bus.
Cleaning and kit inspection.
13 – VAUDRINGHEM
Moved from Renescure by route march (20 miles). Three men fell out sick.
Battalion parade and inspection.
Battalion drill and specialist work. Afternoon recreation.
Morning: company parades. Afternoon: battalion drill.
Morning: battalion drill and specialist work. Afternoon: recreation.
18 – BOURTHES
Moved from Vaudringhem by route march. No stragglers.
19 – BEZINGHEM
Re-adjustment of battalion. “Z” Company, raiding party of 140 men formed.
Battalion drill and specialist work. Recreation in afternoon.
Battalion drill. Company work. Recreation in afternoon.
Battalion drill. Specialist work. Recreation in afternoon.
Battalion route march. Recreation in afternoon.
Battalion church parade.
Route march and bath.
27 – ENQUIN
Re-adjustment of billets.
Company training. Recreation in afternoon.
Battalion drill and specialist training. Recreation in afternoon.
Company training and recreation in afternoon.