War Diary of Intelligence Summary Page 1 38th Battalion Guardians Original Confidential War Diary for the month of November 1916 Place: Somme Front
Date: Nov. 1, 1916 Summary: [Tracenpork?] lives at [Faca?] Hill. Battalion in Chalk Pits. [Murking?] parties supplied. [Net?] wealthier. Remarks and References to Appendices: RMO'S
Date: Nov. 2, 1916 Summary:
Place [ ] Date: 1916. Date: Nov 9. Batt at [ ] Transport lines at Java Hill - Brigade manoeuvres . No rain - severe enemy shelling in afternoon - German aerial activity - quiet at night. Date: Nov 10. Batt at [ ] Fine weather - Brigade manoeuvres. German airmen very active. Heavy bombardment by our guns at night - aerial fight over transport lines - vicinity shelled. Batt worried to leave B for trenches - order cancelled later in the afternoon. Date: Nov 11. Batt at B - Heavy bombardment by our guns - no rain but heavy moist mist. Date: Nov 12. Batt at B. Heavy bombardment by our guns from early morning - Fair weather. Date: Nov 13. Batt at B. Good weather - vicinity transport lines shelled. Date: Nov 14. Batt at B. Transport lines ? - Fine weather. Enemy shelled albeit and vicinity of transport lines both morn - ing and afternoon - *nearly got the [ ] and [ ] in the mornings -* (*Crossed through). - Fires started in ? in the after - noon - Large* (*Crossed through). number of casualties. Date: Nov 15. Batt at B - Paid by P. all with exception of working parties - Fine weather - Transport vicinity shelled at night. Date: Nov 16. Battallion at B - working parties not paid on previous day paid by P. [ ] - notice received by Batt. at 12.30 pm
Place: Albert. Date: 1916 Nov 22 Batt at Albert. Moved to  Court at 2pm. Heavy bombardment by our guns at night and continued through the day. Weather fine. Heavy mist at night - search parties sent out for bodies of Officers - three bodies recovered. Capt Sears.   . Lieut Packer. Eleven casualties to search party. Fine weather.  Court. 23. Funeral of 3 Officers at 10am. Gen.  and staff and Col. Edwards and Officers of 38th attended funeral.  weather. 24. Reinforcement of 118 other ranks founded before the pay master at  Court. Fine weather. 25.  at  Court. Transport lives still at  Hill. Notice to move received. Varennes. 26. The Batt moved with transport lines from  Court at 2.30pm under Major Ferguson. Col. Edwards acting Brigadier *General* (crossed through) of 12th Brigade. Batt arrived at Varennes at 6pm and went into billets. Very cold. . 27. Batt left Varennes at 12.15 noon, arriving at  at 5.15pm. Went into billets. 28. Batt resting - physical drill. Heavy fog - very cold. 29. Batt resting - cold weather. Beauval. 30. Batt started for Beauval at 11.45 arriving at 2pm and were billeted for the night. Very cold and heavy fog.