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					                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                        NOVEMBER 1915



                        CODFORD                    BOULOGNE

23rd   7 a.m.           The Battalion left CODFORD in two trains for FOLKESTONE
                where they embarked for BOULOGNE.
                        Total strength 30 Officers 1008 Other Ranks, this includes
                        advance Party which proceeded via SOUTHAMPTON and
                HAVRE. List of Officers - Appendix I

       4 p.m.           The Battalion arrived at BOULOGNE and proceeded to
                        the REST CAMP.


24th                    The Battalion remained in Camp all day and then paraded at
                        11.15 p.m. for entrainment at CENTRAL STATION BOULOGNE.


                        LONGPRE
25th   12.20 a.m.       The Battalion entrained and proceeded to LONGPRE arriving
                        there at 4 a.m. where detrainment took place.

        5.30 a.m.       The Battalion proceeded to SURCAMPS and VAUCHELLES
                        where they were accommodated in Billets. The Advance Party
                        joined the Battalion at this point.


                        SURCAMPS AND VACHELLES
26th                    The Battalion remained in Billets.
                        CASUALTY one Other Ranks accidentally wounded.

27th   8.15 a.m.        The Battalion paraded and proceeded to
                        ST VAST EN CHAUSSER arriving there at 1 p.m.
                        and were Billeted


                        ST VASTEN CHAUSSER
28th   8 a.m.           The Battalion proceeded to PIERREGOT arriving there at 2 p.m.
                        and went into Billets


                        PIERREGOT
29th                    In Billets at PIERREGOT.


30th                    In Billets at PIERREGOT.
                 16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                           DECEMBER 1915
1st                      The Battalion is attached to the 51st Division from this date for
               training in Trench Warfare and paraded at 8 a.m. to proceed to
               SENLIS and MARTINSART. Headquarters (less Machine Gun
               Section) A & B Coys to SENLIS. C & D Coys and Machine Gun
               Section to MARTINSART arriving there at 12.30 p.m. &
                         3.30 p.m. respectively reporting to Headquarters 152nd Infantry
               Brigade.
                         System of Training Individual Officers & NCO’s in Trenches
                         24 hours - Platoons 24 hours - Companies 24 hours -
                         Battalion 72 hours -

2nd                       SENLIS AND MARTINSART
                          Officers & Non Commissioned Officers of C & D Companies were
                 attached to the 6th Seaforth Highlanders 6th & 8th Argylls for
       training in G1, G2, G3 Sectors (North & East of THIEPVAL WOOD).
                          The Battalion remaining in Billets in SENLIS and under canvas
                          at MARTINSART.

3rd                     Officers and Non Commissioned Officers of A & B Companies
                        were attached to 6th Seaforth Highlanders & 6th & 8th Argylls
                        for training.

4th                     Platoons in C and D Companies were attached to 6th Seaforths
                        & 6th Argylls for training.

5th                     Platoons A & B Companies were attached to 6th Seaforths
                        & 8th Argylls for training.

6th                     C & D Companies were attached to 6th Argylls and 6th Seaforths.

7th                     A & B Companies attached to 6th Seaforths & 8th Argylls.
                        Casualties one Other Ranks wounded.


                        SECTOR G3
8th                     The Battalion relieved the 6th Seaforths in G3 Sector (North and
               East side of THIEPVAL WOOD). Relief completed by 4 p.m.
       Owing to the inadequate dug-out accommodation it was necessary
                        to send two platoons into the reserve at MARTINSART.

9th                     The Battalion settled down wonderfully and the initial difficulties
               of feeding was got over.

10th                    The Battalion suffered their first loss
                        Pte No. 14931 W. Kitchen “A” Company killed in action.

11th                    The Battalion was relieved by the 5th Gordons in G3 Sector at
                        4.30 p.m. and proceeded to SENLIS and MARTINSART.
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                     DECEMBER 1915

                   SENLIS AND MARTINSART
12th               The Battalion moved from SENLIS and MARTINSART into
                   Billets at PIERREGOT arriving there at 2.30 p.m.


                   PIERREGOT
13th - 21st        In Billets at PIERREGOT carrying out instruction in
                   Grenade Throwing, etc.


22nd               The Battalion moved from PIERREGOT and went into Billets
                   at MARTINSART.


                   MARTINSART
23rd               The Battalion relieved the 6th Seaforths in F2 Sector (North
                   East Corner of AUTHUILLE WOOD from point X 1 A 4 4 to point
                   X 7 B 4 5 Reference Map OVILLERS 57 d S.E. 4 2nd Edition)
                   17th H.L.I. on RIGHT on F1 Sector.


                   F2 SECTOR
24th               No. 14170 Pte S. Gourlay accidentally killed.
                   In occupancy of F2 Sector.

25th - 26th        In occupancy of F2 Sector.


27th               Battalion relieved in F2 Sector by the 15th H.L.I.
                   Relief complete by 4 p.m. and Battalion proceeded into
                   Billets at AVELUY.


                   AVELUY
28th - 30th        The Battalion in Brigade Support at AVELOY.

31st               The Battalion relieved the 15th H.L.I. in F2. Sub-Sector
                   relief complete by 4 p.m.
                   17th H.L.I. on our right in F1 Sector.
                   Strength of Battalion at this date
                   Officers 30 Other Ranks 999




                                                                                  W.D.S.
16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          1915

                      APPENDIX I


                    LIST OF OFFICERS

     Lt. Col. & Hon. Col.          Laidlaw, D.
     Major                         Kyle, R.
     Major                         McElwain
     Captain & Adjutant            Scott, W.D.
     Captain                       Fraser, G.S.
     Captain                       Reid, F.W.
     Captain                       Robinson, W.E.
     Captain                       Alexander, J.
     Captain                       Cameron, C.A.
     Captain                       Kerr, D.B.
     Captain                       Hunter, J.
     Lieutenant                    Middleton, T.
     Lieutenant                    McLaren, W.
     Lieutenant                    Blackie, A.F.
     Lieutenant                    Garrett-Fisher, W.E.
     Lieutenant                    Wilkie, J.S.
     Lieutenant                    McPherson, A.
     Lieutenant                    Caulfield, G.
     Lieutenant                    Johnston, T.
     2nd Lieutenant                Brown, R.S.
     2nd Lieutenant                Gemmill, J.A.
     2nd Lieutenant                Murdoch, J.
     2nd Lieutenant                Smith, A.C.
     2nd Lieutenant                Wilson, A.P.
     2nd Lieutenant                Stewart, R.B.
     2nd Lieutenant                Bogue, R.A.
     2nd Lieutenant                McDermid, D.R.
     2nd Lieutenant                Andrew, H.T.
     Lieut. & Quartermaster        Simpson, R.
     Lieutenant (R.A.M.C.)         Badcock, V.E. (Medical Officer)
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                       JANUARY 1916
                   F2 SECTOR
1st                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                   The 17th H.L.I. on our right in F1 Sector.
                   Casualties one Other Ranks wounded.

2nd                In occupancy of F2 Sector.

3rd                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                   Casualties 2 Other Ranks wounded.

4th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                   Casualties 1 Other Ranks killed in action.
                   1 Other Ranks wounded.

5th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.

6th                In occupancy of F2 Sector. One Other Ranks killed in action.
                   Lieut. J.A. Gemmill wounded. 2 Other Ranks wounded.

7th                The Battalion relieved in F2 Sector by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
                   relief completed by 4.30 p.m.
                   The Battalion, less D Company, went into Billets at BOUZINCOURT.
                   D Company into Billets at AVELUY.

                   BOUZINCOURT AND AVELUY
8th - 13th         Battalion in Billets at BOUZINCOURT and AVELUY.
                   Lieutenant Gemmill reported for duty 12th January 1916.

14th               The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in F2 Sector
                   relief completed at 4.20 p.m.
                   The 17th H.L.I. on our right in F1 Sector.

                   F2 SECTOR
15th - 18th        In occupancy of F2 Sector
                   Casualties nil.

19th               In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                   Casualties one Other Ranks wounded.

20th               In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                   Casualties one Other Ranks killed in action.

21st               Battalion relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and proceeded into
                   Billets at AVELUY. Casualties one Other Ranks killed in action.

22nd - 27th        In Billets at AVELUY.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                             JANUARY           1916


            AVELUY
28th        The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in F2 Sector
            Relief complete by 12 noon. Battalion on right 17th H.L.I.
            2nd Manchester Regiment on left.


            F2 SECTOR
29th        In occupancy of F2 Sector.
            Casualties one Other Ranks killed in action.
            one Other Ranks wounded.

30th        In occupancy of F2 Sector.
            Casualties 3 Other Ranks wounded.

31st        In occupancy of F2 Sector.
            Casualties 1 Other Ranks killed in action.


            Strength of Battalion
            Officers 30        Other Ranks 950




                                                                         W.D.S.
             16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                 FEBRUARY 1916

                    F2 SECTOR
1st                 In occupancy of F2 Sector, 17th H.L.I. on our right,
                    2nd Manchesters on our left. Other Ranks wounded one.
                    Other Ranks wounded and missing one. Appendix I

2nd                 In occupancy of F2 Sector.

3rd                 In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                    2nd Lieut. F.S. Hodgkinson taken on strength of unit.

4th                 Relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. relief completed by 2 p.m.
                    Battalion proceeded to Billets at BOUZINCOURT.

5th - 8th   In Billets at BOUZINCOURT.

9th                 In Billets at BOUZINCOURT.
                    16th H.L.I. called up to support 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in F2 Sector.
                    Appendix II

10th                In Billets at BOUZINCOURT. 2 Platoons in F2 Sector.
                    Other Ranks wounded one.

11th                Relieved 2nd Bn. K.O.Y.L.I. in F2 Sector.
                    Relief complete by 12.30 p.m.


                    F2 SECTOR
12th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                    Other Ranks wounded 2.
                    2nd Bn. Enniskilling (sic) Fusiliers on our left,
                    17th H.L.I. on our right.

13th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                    5th K.O.Y.L.I. on our left, 17th H.L.I. on our right.
                    Other Ranks wounded 4.

14th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                    5th K.O.Y.L.I. on our left, 17th H.L.I. on our right.
                    Other Ranks wounded 2.

15th                In occupancy of F2 Sector.
                    5th K.O.Y.L.I. on our left, 17th H.L.I. on our right.
                    Other Ranks killed in action 2.

16th                In occupancy of F2 Sector. K.O.Y.L.I. on our left,
                    17th H.L.I. on our right.
                    2nd Lieuts. J. Cooper and J.A. Brown taken on strength of unit.

17th                Relieved by 16th Northumberland Fusiliers.
                    Relief complete at 12.30 p.m.
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                      FEBRUARY 1916


                   MILLENCOURT
18th               In Billets at MILLENCOURT.
                   Lieut. W.E. Garrett-Fisher struck off Strength.
                   Evacuated to U.K. Sick.

19th - 24th        In Billets at MILLENCOURT.




                   HENENCOURT WOOD
25th               In (Billets) Hutments at HENENCOURT WOOD.

26th               In (Billets) Hutments at HENENCOURT WOOD.

27th               In (Billets) Hutments at HENENCOURT WOOD.

28th               In (Billets) Hutments at HENENCOURT WOOD.

29th               In (Billets) Hutments at HENENCOURT WOOD.
                   The Battalion moved out of HUTMENTS at
                   HENENCOURT WOOD to Billets at ALBERT at 2 p.m.
                   In Billets at ALBERT.




                                                                      W.D.S.
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                            APPENDIX I
                                           1st February 1916

          At 11.45 p.m. what was evidently a carefully planned enterprise was carried out by a bombing
party of the enemy. The party bombed the two sentries occupying listening post No. 6 in trench 140.
          One bomb was thrown which wounded both men, one evidently very badly, and the other slightly.
          The slightly wounded sentry rushed back for assistance, meanwhile the noise of the bomb
explosion was heard in the Fire trench. Machine Gun and heavy rifle fire was at once directed towards
the sap end. A party of four men at once proceeded to the sap to bring in the wounded man. Just when
they had started 25 whizz-bangs in quick succession landed at various points along the parapet. Our
parapet was simply raked, but luckily no one was hurt. Whenever the “Straff” ceased the rescue party
proceeded to the sap head, but found the wounded man missing. His cap, overcoat, and a German
dagger were found in the trench. This morning a German disc bomb was found in the trench, and two
parts of the missing man’s leather jerkin, the missing man was evidently dragged out through the wire, as
the traces of blood denote. As the night was very dark the strength of the enemy is not known.


                                                               (Sgd) Wm. D. Scott, Capt. & Adjt.
                                                                               16th H.L.I.



                                           __________



                                           APPENDIX II
         On 9th February 1916, while in billets at BOUZINCOURT, the Battalion was warned to “Stand To”
at 6.30 p.m., and then ordered to proceed to AVELUY.
         At 8.15 p.m. one Company was ordered to occupy the BRIDGE-HEAD TRENCHES, and remain
in support of 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., in F2 Sector, who had been raided by the Germans after an intense artillery
bombardment.
         At 8.45 p.m., the Battalion (less one Company) was ordered to return to BOUZINCOURT.
         At midnight two platoons were called to proceed to F2 Sector and supply working parties.
         At 9.30 a.m. (10th) the other two platoons were ordered to rejoin the Battalion at
BOUZINCOURT.
         The two platoons which were attached to the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. remained until the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
were relieved by the 16th H.L.I. on 11th February 1916.


                                                               (Sgd) Wm. D. Scott, Capt. & Adjt.
                                                                               16th H.L.I.
               16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                              MARCH 1916
                      ALBERT
1st - 2nd             In Billets at ALBERT.

3rd                   In Billets at ALBERT.
                      One Platoon of “A” Company in occupancy of TARA REDOUBT.

4th - 9th     In Billets at ALBERT.


                      E.2. SECTOR
10th                  16th H.L.I. relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in E.2. SECTOR.
                      Relief complete by 1.30 p.m. Battalion on right 17th H.L.I.
                      Battalion on left 1st Dorsets.
                      1 Other Ranks killed in action.
                      1 Other Ranks wounded.

11th                  In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                      1 Other Ranks killed in action, 2 Other Ranks wounded.

12th                  In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                      2nd Lieutenants T.C. Kelly and J. Laing joined.

13th                  In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                      7 Other Ranks wounded.

14th - 15th           In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.

16th                  In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                      Battalion on Right 17th H.L.I.
                      Battalion on Left 2nd Manchesters.
                      1 Other Ranks wounded.

17th                  Relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
                      Relief complete 10.30 a.m. one Other Ranks wounded.


                      DERNANCOURT
18th - 19th           In Billets at DERNANCOURT.
                      “C” Company in Support BECOURT WOOD.

20th                  In Billets at DERNANCOURT.
                      “C” Company in Support BECOURT WOOD.
                      One Other Ranks wounded.

21st                  In Billets at DERNANCOURT.
                      “C” Company in Support BECOURT WOOD.

22nd                  In Billets at DERNANCOURT.
                      “C” Company in Support BECOURT WOOD.
                      One Other Ranks accidentally wounded.
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                              MARCH 1916


23rd                      16th HLI relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in E.2. SECTOR.
                          Relief complete by 1.30 p.m.
                          17th HLI on Right, 2nd Dorsets on Left.



                          E.2. SECTOR
24th - 26th               In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.

27th                      In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                          2nd Lieutenant T.C. Kelly Killed in Action.
                          14 Other Ranks Killed in Action.
                          24 Other Ranks wounded. See Appendix No. 1

28th                      In occupancy of E.2. SECTOR.
                          17th HLI on Right, 2nd Manchesters on Left.

29th                      Relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
                          Relief complete by 11.30 a.m.


                          ALBERT
30th - 31st               In Billets at ALBERT.
                          One Platoon “D” Company in TARA REDOUBT.




                                        APPENDIX No. 1
                         Extract from 32nd Divisional Intelligence Summary

The 16th HLI who were manning the the parapet of trenches X 20 2 to X 20 4 and covering the operations
of the 1st Dorset raiding party with rifle and Machine Gun fire suffered somewhat heavy casualties from
hostile artillery.
               16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                             APRIL 1916
                      ALBERT
1st                   In Billets at ALBERT.
                      One Platoon “D” Company in TARA REDOUBT.

2nd                   In Billets at ALBERT.
                      One Platoon “D” Company in TARA REDOUBT.
                      3 Other Ranks wounded.

3rd - 4th     In Billets at ALBERT.
                         One Platoon “D” Company in TARA REDOUBT.



                      BOUZINCOURT
4th                   11 a.m. In Billets at BOUZINCOURT.
                      “A” and “C” Companies in Billets at ALBERT.
                      One Other Rank wounded in action.

5th                   In Billets at BOUZINCOURT.
                      “A” and “C” Companies in Billets at ALBERT.
                      One Other Rank wounded in action.

6th - 11th            In Billets at BOUZINCOURT.

12th                  Battalion relieved 15th HLI in THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
                      Relief complete by 11 p.m.
                      Battalion on Right 17th HLI. Battalion on Left 9th Innis. Fusiliers.

13th                  In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
                      Other Ranks wounded 3.

14th - 15th           In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.

16th                  In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
                      Other Ranks wounded 1.
                      Battalion relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. relief complete by 10 p.m.
                      Battalion moved into AUTHUILLE.


                      AUTHUILLE
17th - 19th           In occupancy of AUTHUILLE.

20th                  In occupancy of AUTHUILLE.
                      16th HLI relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
                      Relief complete by 10 p.m. Other Ranks wounded 2.

21st                  In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
                      Battalion on Right 17th HLI.
                      Battalion on Left 11th Iniskilling Fusiliers.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                    APRIL 1916


22nd        In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
            Other Ranks died of wounds 2.
            Other Ranks wounded 7.

23rd        In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
            Other Ranks died of wounds 1.
            Other Ranks wounded 3.

24th        In occupancy of THIEPVAL SUBSECTOR.
            16th HLI relieved by 16th Lancashire Fusiliers.
            Relief completed by 11.40 p.m.
            Battalion moved into Billets at WARLOY.

25th        In Billets at WARLOY.


26th        In Billets at WARLOY.

27th        In Billets at WARLOY.

28th        In Billets at WARLOY.

29th        In Billets at WARLOY.

30th        In Billets at WARLOY.




                                                                    2nd Lieutenant A.P. WILSON
                                                          Acting Adjutant, 16th (Service) Bn., HLI
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                            MAY 1916

                        WARLOY
1st - 4th    In Billets at WARLOY - BAILLON.



                     PIERREGOT
5th                  The Battalion proceeded to Billets at PIERREGOT.
                     Battalion in Billets at PIERREGOT.

6th - 16th           Battalion in Billets at PIERREGOT.

17th                 The Battalion moved into Billets at SENLIS.




                     SENLIS
18th                 Battalion relieved 15th H.L.I. in
                     BLACK HORSE BRIDGE DUG-OUTS.
                     Relief complete by 11.45 p.m.

19th                 In occupancy of BLACK HORSE BRIDGE DUG-OUTS.
                     Other Ranks wounded 2.

20th                 In occupancy of BLACK HORSE BRIDGE DUG-OUTS.

21st                 In occupancy of BLACK HORSE BRIDGE DUG-OUTS.
                     Other Ranks wounded 2.

22nd                 In occupancy of BLACK HORSE BRIDGE DUG-OUTS.

23rd                 Relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in THIEPVAL SUB SECTOR.
                     17th HLI on Right, 15th R.I.R. on Left.

24th                 Relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in THIEPVAL SUB SECTOR.
                     17th HLI on Right, 15th R.I.R. on Left.
                     Other Ranks killed 1.

25th                 Relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in THIEPVAL SUB SECTOR.
                     17th HLI on Right, 15th R.I.R. on Left.

26th                 Relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in THIEPVAL SUB SECTOR.
                     17th HLI on Right, 15th R.I.R. on Left.
                     Other Ranks wounded 7.

27th                 The Battalion relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. relief complete 10 p.m.
                     The Battalion moved into DUG-OUTS at BLACK HORSE BRIDGE.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                  MAY 1916


            BLACK HORSE RIDGE
28th        In occupancy of Dug-outs at BLACK HORSE BRIDGE.


29th        In occupancy of Dug-outs at BLACK HORSE BRIDGE.


30th        Battalion relieved by 2nd Inniskillings.
            Relief completed by 11.45 p.m. and moved to
            Bivouacs at AVELUY WOOD.

31st        In Bivouacs at AVELUY WOOD.




                                                                Captain Wm. D. Scott,
                                                      Adjutant, 16th (Service) Bn., HLI
               16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                             JUNE 1916


                       AVELUY WOOD
1st - 5th     In Bivouacs AVELUY WOOD.

6th                  The following Officer joined the Battalion
                     2nd Lieutenant J. Kerr

7th                  The Battalion moved into Bivouacs in MARTINSART WOOD.


                     MARTINSART WOOD
8th - 10th           In Bivouacs in MARTINSART WOOD.



                     SENLIS
10th                 The Battalion moved into Billets in SENLIS.

11th                 In Billets in SENLIS.

12th                 The Battalion moved into Huts in CONTAY WOOD.



                     CONTAY WOOD
13th                 In Billets (Huts) in CONTAY WOOD.

14th - 19th          In Huts in CONTAY WOOD.

20th                 In Huts in CONTAY WOOD.
                     The following officers joined the Battalion:
                     2nd Lieuts.,       G. McCurrach
                                        J.S. Robertson
                                        D.S. McHardy
                                        H.H. Matherson

21st - 22nd          In Huts in CONTAY WOOD.



                     SENLIS
22nd                 The Battalion moved into Billets at SENLIS.

23rd                 In Billets at SENLIS.

24th                 In Billets at SENLIS.
                     The following Officers joined the Battalion:
                     2nd Lieut. W. Miller, Lieut. M.A. Hamilton.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                    JUNE 1916
            SENLIS
25th        In Billets at SENLIS.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion:
            2nd Lieut. J.S. Jacoby.

26th        In Billets at SENLIS.


27th        The Battalion moved into Bivouacs in MARTINSART WOOD.



            MARTINSART WOOD
28th        In Bivouacs in MARTINSART WOOD.
            Killed in Action 2nd Lieutenant D.R. McDermid, 2 Others Ranks.
            Wounded 8 Other Ranks.
            Battalion moved from MARTINSART WOOD to Bivouacs in
            BOUZINCOURT at 7 p.m.



            BOUZINCOURT
29th        In Bivouacs in BOUZINCOURT.

30th        In Bivouacs in BOUZINCOURT.
            Killed 2 Other Ranks, Wounded 2 Other Ranks.
            The Battalion left BOUZINCOURT at 9.30 p.m. to take up
            Battle Position in AUTHUILLE SUBSECTOR between
            points R. 31.a.24 and R.31.c.15
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                                JULY 1916
1st                     The 16th H.L.I. with 25 Officers and 755 other ranks, relieved by
                        the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. on the night of 30th June/1st July 1916, taking
See Appendix 1          over from them the trench system extending from SKINNER
               STREET, point R.31.a.14. to TYDRUM STREET, point R.31.c.05.,
                        (approximately 500 yards of front).
                        Casualties during relief:-
                        1 Other Ranks Killed; 2 Other Ranks wounded.
                        Before midnight, Lieut. Bogue and 2 other ranks, reconnoitred the
                        German wire, and found that the wire was very much broken down,
                        and that there were numerous gaps in it. They reported that they
                        anticipated no difficulty in getting through the wire. During the
               whole night we bombarded the enemy’s trenches heavily, to which
                        he retaliated feebly. At 6.25 a.m. the bombardment prior to the
                        advance commenced, and continued until ZERO time at 7.30 a.m.
                        During that time our front line and communication trenches were
                        badly shelled with H.E., Shrapnel, and minenwerfer.

See Appendix 2            The advance commenced at 7.30 a.m. “A” Company leading on the
Bn. Orders                right, with “C” Company in support, and “B” Company on the left
attached.                 with “D” Company in support. On our right were the 17th H.L.I.,
                          and on our left the 16th Northumberland Fusiliers. The 2nd
                          K.O.Y.L.I. were in support, and the 11th Border Regiment in Reserve.
                          The enemy opened heavy Machine Gun and Rifle Fire as soon as our
                          men jumped over the parapet, and manned their parados with
                bombers, with men at 2 yards interval.
                          Our Platoons advanced in waves in extended order, and were simply
                          mown down by Machine Gun Fire, and very heavy casualties
                resulted. On the left the Support Company got close up to the
         German wire, but were unable to advance. On the right we succeeded
                          in entering German Trenches, where we were in touch with the
                          17th H.L.I. and where we remained until relieved by the 2nd
                Manchesters.
                          On our left the men took what ever cover they could in shell holes,
                          firing upon the enemy whenever he showed himself. One of our
                          Lewis Gunners fired 24 magazines of ammunition, when it was
                          finished, being the only one of his section left he crawled back
                under cover of darkness, bringing the Gun with him.

                          During the day all available men were organised into Bombing Posts,
                          and were prepared to offer every resistance should the enemy have
                 made any attempt to counter attack. The Artillery were informed
                          of our position, and during the afternoon bombarded the front line
                          opposite us very heavily. The Germans were very active with
                          Machine gun, Rifle Fire, Bombs and "Oil Cans" on "No Man's Land",
                          sniping at any man who made any movement.
                          In retaliation to our bombardment in the afternoon our trenches
                          were heavily shelled. This decreased during the night, but was
                          renewed again between 3 and 5 a.m.
                          Numerous flares were sent up during the night, including many red
                          and green. The enemy were very much on the alert, and kept "No
                 Man's Land" under continuous fire. We were in touch with the 15th
         Lancashire Fusrs. on our left, and with the 2nd KOYLI on our right.
                          Colonel Laidlaw having been wounded was evacuated about 8 a.m.
                 and Major Kyle joined the Battalion and took Command about 5 pm.

                                                JULY 1916
1st (contd.)              Our casualties during the day were 20 Officers, and 534 other
                 ranks.

2nd                       About 1 a.m. we were reinforced by a detachment of the 17th HLI.
                          Colonel Morton taking over Command of the troops in the Sector.
                          The morning of July 2nd was quiet, although the enemy were very
                          much on the alert. and sniped continuously. In the afternoon there
                          was heavy firing on our left and right, between 3 and 6 p.m. and we
                          were heavily shelled. During the remainder of the evening there
                          was intermittent shelling.
             16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                   About 6 p.m. reinforcements of 1 Officer and 200 other ranks of
                   the 11th Border Regt. reported.

3rd                We were relieved by the 8th Border Regt., the relief being complete
                   at 3.30 a.m. Our own trenches were very heavily shelled while it
                   was taking place.
                   The Battalion proceeded into dug-outs at CRUCIFIX CORNER. The
                   Battalion moved from CRUCIFIX dug-outs at 10.30 p.m. to
                   Hutments in CONTAY WOOD, arriving there at 2.30 a.m. on the
                   4th inst.
                   Casualties: 1 Other Ranks wounded.

4th - 6th   In Hutments CONTAY WOOD.


7th                The Battalion moved from Hutments in CONTAY WOOD to
                   Billets in SENLIS.


8th                In Billets in SENLIS.
                   The Battalion moved from Billets in SENLIS to
                   AVELUY BRIDGE HEAD DEFENCES, arriving there 11.50 p.m.


9th                In Occupation AVELUY BRIDGE HEAD DEFENCES
                   (Crucifix Corner Dug-outs).


10th               The Battalion relieved the 17th H.L.I. in QUARRY POST,
                   NAB Sub-Sector, relief complete 3.30 p.m.
                   Battalion in support.
                   Casualties: 1 Other Ranks killed in action.
                   8 Other Ranks wounded.


11th               In occupation QUARRY POST.
                   Casualties: 1 Other Ranks killed.
                   2 Other Ranks Wounded.


12th               In occupation QUARRY POST.
                   Casualties: 2 Other Ranks wounded.
                   16th H.L.I. relieved 2nd KOYLI in NAB Sub-Sector.
                   Relief complete by 5.30 p.m.

                                         JULY 1916
13th               In occupation NAB Sub-Sector.


14th               In occupation NAB Sub-Sector.
                   Casualties: 1 Other Ranks wounded.


15th               In occupation NAB Sub-Sector.
                   The Battalion was relieved by the 6th KOYLI,
                   relief complete by 10 p.m., and proceeded to
                   Billets in BOUZINCOURT.


16th               In Billets, BOUZINCOURT.
                   The Battalion moved from Billets in BOUZINCOURT to
                   Hutments in AMPLIERS.
                   Route: ACHEUX, SARTON.


17th               In Hutments, AMPLIERS.
                   The Battalion moved from Hutments in AMPLIERS to
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



            Billets in SUS-ST-LEGER.
            Route: HALLOY, LUCHEUX.
            The undernoted Officers joined the Battalion for duty:-
                       2nd Lieut. J. Miller
                       2nd Lieut. J.R.C. Phillips
                       2nd Lieut. H. Mullen
                       2nd Lieut. G.W. Campbell


18th        In Billets SUS-ST-LEGER.


19th        In Billets SUS-ST-LEGER.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in SUS-ST-LEGER to
            Billets in MAISNIL ST. POL.
            Route: BEAUDRICOURT, ETREE, WAMIN, HOUVIN, HOUVIGNEUL.


20th        In Billets MAISNIL ST. POL.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in MAISNIL ST. POL to
            Billets in HESTRUS.
            Route: ROELLECOURT, OSTREVILLE, BREYAS.


21st        In Billets HESTRUS.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in HESTRUS to
            Billets in ALLOUAGNE.
            Route: TANGRY, PERNES, AUCHEL.
            The undernoted Officers joined the Battalion for duty:-
                       2nd Lieut. F.G. Harris
                       2nd Lieut. D.A. Milholm
                       2nd Lieut. A.J. Sanders
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                          JULY 1916
22nd               In Billets ALLOUAGNE.



23rd               In Billets ALLOUAGNE.
                   The undernoted Officers joined the Battalion for duty:-
                              2nd Lieut. H.A. Agnew
                              2nd Lieut. R.G.A. Temple
                              2nd Lieut. J. Stewart
                              2nd Lieut. M.M. Lyon

                   1 Other Ranks accidentally wounded.


24th               In Billets ALLOUAGNE.



25th               In Billets ALLOUAGNE.




26th               In Billets ALLOUAGNE.
                   The Battalion moved from Billets in ALLOUAGNE to
                   Billets in BETHUNE.
                   Route: ALLOUAGNE, CHOCQUES.
                   In Billets BETHUNE.



27th - 31st        In Billets BETHUNE.




                                                                                      R. KYLE
                                                                                    Lieut. Col.
                                                                         Commanding 16th H.L.I.




                                       AUGUST 1916
                   BETHUNE
1st                In Billets in BETHUNE.

2nd                In Billets in BETHUNE.

3rd                In Billets in BETHUNE.

4th                In Billets in BETHUNE.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




5th         In Billets in BETHUNE.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in BETHUNE to CAMBRIN
            SECTOR, LEFT SUB-SECTOR and relieved the 2nd Battalion
            Northamptonshire Regiment. Relief complete 5.30 p.m.
            Battalion on right 17th H.L.I., Battalion on left 1st Dorset Regiment.


            CAMBRIN SECTOR LEFT SUB-SECTOR
6th         In occupancy of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            The following Officers were posted to 16th H.L.I. :-
                     2nd Lieut. J.S. Young from 4th H.L.I.
                     2nd Lieut. C.D. Mitchell from 4th H.L.I.
                     2nd Lieut. J. Gillies from 13th H.L.I.
                     2nd Lieut. W.E.C. Houston from 4th H.L.I.
                     2nd Lieut. W. Duff from 13th H.L.I.

7th         In occupancy of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            4 Other Ranks wounded.

8th         In occupancy of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            1 Other Ranks killed. Wounded 3 Other Ranks.

9th         In occupancy of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.

10th        In occupancy of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            1 Other Ranks wounded.
            The Battalion was relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and moved to
            SUPPORT TRENCH, VILLAGE LINE.
            Relief complete, 4.30 p.m.


            VILLAGE LINE CAMBRIN SECTOR
11th        In SUPPORT CAMBRIN SECTION (VILLAGE LINE).

12th        In SUPPORT CAMBRIN SECTION (VILLAGE LINE).

13th        In SUPPORT CAMBRIN SECTION (VILLAGE LINE).
            Wounded 1 Other Ranks.
            2nd Lieut. S.P. Jacoby transferred to 97th Trench Mortar Battery.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                     AUGUST 1916

14th           In SUPPORT CAMBRIN SECTION (VILLAGE LINE).
               Wounded 2 Other Ranks. The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.,
               in CAMBRIN SECTOR, LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
               Relief complete 4.30 p.m.
               Battalion on right 17th H.L.I. Battalion on left 15th H.L.I.



               CAMBRIN SECTOR, LEFT SUB-SECTOR
15th           In occupation of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
               Wounded 4 Other Ranks.

16th           In occupation of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
               Killed 3 Other Ranks. Wounded 4 Other Ranks.

17th           In occupation of CAMBRIN LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
               The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and proceeded to
               Billets in ANNEQUIN NORTH, as Battalion in Reserve.
               Relief Complete 4.30 p.m.


               ANNEQUIN NORTH
18th           In billets ANNEQUIN NORTH.

19th           In billets ANNEQUIN NORTH.

20th           In billets ANNEQUIN NORTH.
               Lieut. W. Miller evacuated to England (sick) and Struck off Strength.

21st           In billets ANNEQUIN NORTH.
               The Battalion was relieved by the 16th Lancashire Fusiliers and
               proceeded to Billets in ANNEZIN.


               ANNEZIN
22nd           In billets ANNEZIN.

23rd           In billets ANNEZIN. The Battalion left ANNEZIN at 7.30 a.m. and
               proceeded to Hutments in MAZINGARBE.


              MAZINGARBE
24th          In Hutments MAZINGARBE. The Battalion relieved the
              9th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in HULLOCH SECTION,
       RIGHT SUB-SECTION. Relief complete 3 p.m.
              Battalion on right 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers.
              Battalion on left 17th H.L.I.
             16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                         AUGUST 1916
                    HULLOCH RIGHT SUB-SECTION
25th                In occupancy of HULLOCH RIGHT SUB-SECTION.
                    Battalion on right 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, on left 17th H.L.I.

26th                In occupancy of HULLOCH RIGHT SUB-SECTION.
                    Wounded 1 Other Ranks.

27th                In occupancy of HULLOCH RIGHT SUB-SECTION.
                    Lieut. M.A. Hamilton, Army Cyclist Corps, attached 16th H.L.I.,
                    attached for duty with 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers.


28th                In occupancy of HULLOCH RIGHT SUB-SECTION.
                    The Battalion was relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., relief compleye by
                    1 p.m., and proceeded to TENTH AVENUE SUPPORT LINE
                    (GERMAN SWITCH).




                    TENTH AVENUE HULLOCH SECTION
29th                In support TENTH AVENUE (GERMAN SWITCH).


30th                In support TENTH AVENUE (GERMAN SWITCH).


31st                In support TENTH AVENUE (GERMAN SWITCH).
                    The Battalion was relieved by the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
                    and proceeded to Billets in BEUVRY.
                    Relief complete 3 p.m.




                                                                      R. KYLE, Lieut Colonel,
                                                              Commanding 16th (Service) Bn HLI




                                     SEPTEMBER 1916
                       BEUVRY
1st - 8th   In Billets in BEUVRY.

8th               The 16th High. L.I. relieved the 15th High L.I. in CUINCHY
            SECTION (Right Sub-Section). Relief complete by 1 p.m.
                  Battalion on right 16th Northumberland Fusiliers.
                  On left 17th High L.I.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



               1 Other Rank wounded.


               CUINCHY SECTION
9th            In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
               The following Officers posted to this Battalion joined for duty
               on this date:-
               Lieut. N.H. McNeil from 13th H.L.I.
               Lieut. A. Skene from 13th H.L.I.
               2nd Lieut. G.L. Davidson from 4th H.L.I.

10th           In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
               Killed in Action - 1 Other Rank.

11th           In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).

12th         In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
             Killed in Action - 1 Other Rank.
             The following Officers posted to this Battalion joined for duty
             on this date:-
             2nd Lieut. F. Scott from 4th H.L.I.
             2nd Lieut. F.W. Alexander from 4th H.L.I.
             The Battalion was relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in CUINCHY
       SECTION, and moved into Hutments in LE QUESNOY.
             Relief complete 5.30 p.m.


               LE QUESNOY
13th           In Hutments, LE QUESNOY.

14th           In Hutments, LE QUESNOY.
               The undernoted Officer transferred to Royal Flying Corps is
               struck off from this date.
               Lieut. A.P. Wilson

13th           In Hutments, LE QUESNOY.
               The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief has under the authority
               of His Majesty the King, granted the undernoted awards:-

               DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
               No. 14775 L/Sergeant John Anderson.

               MILITARY MEDAL
               No. 14300 Pioneer Sergeant Colin Turner
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                             SEPTEMBER 1916
            LE QUESNOY
16th        In Hutments, LE QUESNOY.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in CUINCHY SECTION
            (Right Sub-Section). Relief complete 4.30 p.m.
            Battalion on right 16th Northumberland Fusiliers.
            Battalion on left 17th H.L.I.


            CUINCHY SECTION
17th        In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).

18th        In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
            Killed in Action - 2 Other Ranks.
            Battalion on Right 5/6th Bn. Royal Scots.
            Battalion on Left 17th High. L.I.

19th        In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
            2 Other Ranks wounded.
            The undernoted Officer having been evacuated to England sick
            is struck off strength from this date :-
                      Captain W. McLaren.

20th        In CUINCHY SECTION (Right Sub-Section).
            Killed in Action - 2 Other Ranks.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and proceed to
            the VILLAGE LINE as Battalion in support.
            Relief complete - 4 p.m.

21st        In Support in VILLAGE LINE.


22nd        In Support in VILLAGE LINE.


23rd        In Support in VILLAGE LINE.


24th        In Support in VILLAGE LINE.
            1 Other Rank wounded.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in
            CUINCHY Right Sub-Section. Relief complete - 4.30 p.m.
            Battalion on Right - 15th High. L.I.
            Battalion on Left - 17th High. L.I.
            The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, under authority granted
            by His Majesty the King, has made the undernoted award:-

            CROSS OF ST. GEORGE, 3rd CLASS.
            No. 14775 L/Sergeant John Anderson.


25th        In CUINCHY Section (Right Sub-Section).
            4 Other Ranks wounded


                             SEPTEMBER 1916
            CUINCHY Section (Right Sub-Section)
26th        In CUINCHY Section (Right Sub-Section).
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd R. Innis Fusrs., and moved
            into Billets in BETHUNE. Relief complete by 12.30 p.m.



27th        In Billets BETHUNE.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




28th        In Billets BETHUNE.



29th        In Billets BETHUNE.



30th        In Billets BETHUNE.




                                                           Wm. D. SCOTT, Major
                                         Commanding 16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                OCTOBER 1916
            BETHUNE
1st         In Billets BETHUNE.


2nd         In Billets BETHUNE.


3rd         In Billets BETHUNE.

4th         In Billets BETHUNE.
            The Battalion relieved the 5/6th Royal Scots in Billets in
            ANNEQUIN. Relief complete 4 p.m.


            ANNEQUIN
5th         In Billets ANNEQUIN.


6th         In Billets ANNEQUIN.


7th         In Billets ANNEQUIN.


8th         In Billets ANNEQUIN.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in the
            CAMBRIN Section (Left Sub-Section).
            Relief complete - 4.20 p.m.
            Battalion on Right 17th High. L.I.
            Battalion on Left 16th North'd Fusrs.



            CAMBRIN Section.
9th         In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.


10th        In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.
            Battalion on Right 17th High. L.I.
            Battalion on Left 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
            The undernoted Officers have joined the Battalion
            from today's date:-
                     2nd Lieut. J. Halliday.
                     2nd Lieut. W.R. Bennie.

11th        In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.

12th        In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.
            1 Other Rank killed in action.
            1 Officer and 2 Other Ranks wounded.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              OCTOBER 1916
            CAMBRIN Section
13th        In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.

14th        In CAMBRIN Left Sub-Section.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 9th K.O.Y.L.I. and proceeded
            to Billets in BETHUNE. Relief complete 1 p.m.



            BETHUNE
15th        In Billets BETHUNE.
            The Battalion marched from BETHUNE to
            Billets in MARLES MINES.




            MARLES MINES
16th        In Billets MARLES MINES.
            The Battalion marched from MARLES MINES to
            Billets in OSTREVILLE.



            OSTREVILLE
17th        In Billets OSTREVILLE.
            The Battalion marched from OSTREVILLE to
            Billets in HOUVIN HOUVIGNEUL.




            HOUVIN HOUVIGNEUL
18th        In Billets HOUVIN HOUVIGNEUL.
            The Battalion marched from HOUVIN HOUVIGNEUL
            to Billets in LONGUEVILLETTE.



            LONGUEVILLETTE
19th        In Billets LONGUEVILLETTE.



20th        In Billets LONGUEVILLETTE.
            The Battalion marched from LONGUEVILLETTE
            to Billets in RUBEMPRE.



            RUBEMPRE
21st        In Billets RUBEMPRE.



                              OCTOBER 1916
            RUBEMPRE
22nd        In Billets RUBEMPRE.
            The undernoted Officers having joined the Battalion are taken
            on strength from this date.

                    2nd Lieut. J.M. Bannatyne.
                    2nd Lieut. D. Dewar.
                    2nd Lieut. P. Crichton.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                    2nd Lieut. G.S. Hislop.
                    2nd Lieut. W. Beattie.

            The Battalion marched from RUBEMPRE to
            Billets in BOUZINCOURT.



            BOUZINCOURT
23rd        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

24th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

25th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

26th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

27th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

28th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.

29th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.
            2nd Lieut. J.S. Young wounded.



            RUBEMPRE
30th        In Billets BOUZINCOURT.
            The Battalion marched from Billets in BOUZINCOURT
            to Billets in RUBEMPRE.


            VAL DE MAISON
31st        In Billets RUBEMPRE.
            The Battalion marched from Billets in RUBEMPRE to
            encampment in LE VAL DE MAISON.


                                                              R. KYLE Lieut. Colonel
                                              Commanding 16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.
               16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                          November 1916
                      VAL DE MAISON
1st - 6th     Under canvas in Encampment VAL DE MAISON.



7th                   Encampment VAL DE MAISON.
                      The following Officer from 4th Bn. High. L.I.
                      joined this Unit for duty on this date:-
                      2nd Lieutenant J.W. CRAIG


8th - 12th            Encampment VAL DE MAISON.



13th                  Encampment VAL DE MAISON.
                      The Battalion moved from Encampment VAL DE MAISON to
                      Billets in HARPONVILLE.



                      HARPONVILLE
14th                  In Billets HARPONVILLE.
                      The Battalion moved from Billets in HARPONVILLE to
                      Hutments in PIONEER ROAD near AVELUY.



                      PIONEER ROAD
15th                  In Hutments PIONEER ROAD.
                      The Battalion moved from Hutments PIONEER ROAD to
                      Billets in ENGLEBELMER.
                      Draft of 15 O.R. joined unit this date.



                      ENGLEBELMER
16th                  In Billets ENGLEBELMER.
                      Verbal orders were this day received by Commanding Officer
                      that the Brigade would attack on morning of 18th. MUNICH and
                      FRANKFURT TRENCHES, N.E. of BEAUMONT HAMEL.

17th                  In Billets ENGLEBELMER.


17th - 19th          The Battalion under the Command of Lieut.-Colonel R. Kyle,
                     marched to MAILLY-MAILLET and halted for a meal, and
                     then proceeded to Brigade Headquarters at WHITE CITY.
                     Guides were procured at this point, and the Battalion proceeded
                     to assembly position at WAGON ROAD, N.E. of BEAUMONT
              HAMEL at 9.45 p.m.
              16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                  November 1916
17th - 19th        The guides lost their way and connection was broken between
(Continued)        Companies, result being that when the assembly position was
                   ultimately reached about 2 a.m., only "D" Company was intact.
                   The other Companies latterly reached this point, but it was
                   6 a.m. before the whole Battalion was in Battle Position,
                   which was as follows:-
                   Right to Left A, B, C, D, Companies with 17th H.L.I. on our right
                   and 11th Border Regiment on our Left.
                   Zero time 6.10 a.m.
                   Objective          (1) MUNICH TRENCH
                                      (2) FRANKFURT TRENCH

                   At zero the Battalion moved forward and "D" Company and part
                   of "C" Company succeeded in entering MUNICH TRENCH with
                   little opposition. A strong point with from 6 to 8 Machine Guns
                   in the centre of "A" Company's front held up the other Companies
                   and while part of the Battalion on our left also entered MUNICH
                   TRENCH, the Battalion on our right was held up by Machine Gun
                   fire. Three Platoons of "D" Company pushed forward and took
                   FRANKFURT TRENCH, the remainder of the men having been
                   left to mop up MUNICH TRENCH.
                   Owing to the attack on our flanks having been unsuccessful, the
                   enemy soon collected in large numbers, and lively bombing duels
                   took place in MUNICH TRENCH. Our small party was quickly
                   overwhelmed and latterly every man was a casualty.
                   There was no support for the party which entered FRANKFURT
                   TRENCH, but they hung on to the part they had captured, although
                   isolated through the enemy being still in possession of his front   line.
                   The remnant of the Battalion took up position in WAGON ROAD
                   in readiness for any Counter attack which might be launched.
                   The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd Battalion Inniskilling
                   Fusiliers on the morning of 19th November 1916.
                   Relief complete by 8.30 a.m.


17th - 19th        The Battle Casualties were:-

                   Killed:
                   Captain W.E. Robinson, 2nd Lieut. G.M. Simpson,
                   2nd Lieut. D.A. Milholm, 2nd Lieut. G.W. Campbell.
                   16 Other Ranks.

                   Wounded:
                   Captain A. McPherson, 2nd Lieut. M.A. Agnew,
                   2nd Lieut. C.D. Mitchell
                   104 Other Ranks.

                   Missing:
                   Lieut. A. Skene, 2nd Lieut. J. Stewart, 2nd Lieut. F. Scott
                   260 Other Ranks.

                   Wounded and Missing:
                   2nd Lieut. I.M. Bannatyne, 2nd Lieut. M.M. Lyon,
                   2nd Lieut. W. Duff
                   10 Other Ranks.

                                  November 1916
17th - 19th        The Battalion on relief proceeded to Billets in MAILLY-MAILLET.
                   2nd Lieut. W. McC. Murray from 4th H.L.I. joined
                   the Battalion on this date (18th November).


                   MAILLY-MAILLET
20th               In Billets MAILLY-MAILLET.
                   2nd Lieut. J. Wotherspoon from 19th H.L.I. joined
                    16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           Battalion on this date.

21st                          In Billets MAILLY-MAILLET.
                              On the morning of this day 1 O.R. of 11th Border Regiment reported
                              to Brigade Headquarters at WHITE CITY that he was one of the party
                    isolated in FRANKFURT TRENCH, and that he succeeded during
                    darkness in making his way through the enemy's lines to our position.
         He stated that 3 Officers and 60 O.R. each of 11th Border Regiment                           and
16th H.L.I. were holding FRANKFURT TRENCH, and that the enemy                                 seemed to be
ignorant of their presence there.
                              The G.O.C. decided that an attempt should be made that night to
                              relieve the party, and orders were received from Brigade that the
                    two Battalions concerned should each send 1 Officer and 30 O.R.
                              to attempt a rescue.
                              This party under Command of 2nd Lieut. P. Crichton proceeded
                              to WAGON ROAD and thence took up a position 600 yards WEST
                              of the MUNICH TRENCH opposite to that part of the Sector that
                              our "D" Company had penetrated.
                              Repeated efforts were made by patrols to get in touch with them,
                              but the vigilance of the enemy in the MUNICH TRENCH prevented this.

22nd                       On the morning of 22nd other two men of the party that was cut off
                           and holding out in FRANKFURT TRENCH, managed to get through
                           the enemy's lines and reported that the isolated party would make
                           an effort to break through sometime during the night.
                           It was then arranged that a party of 1 Officer and 50 O.R. from each
                           of the 16th High. L.I. and 11th Border Regiment would proceed and
                           take up position 200 yards from the enemy line, so as to assist in
                           case of the isolated party being attacked while attempting to break
                           through. The party took up position about 8.30 p.m. and lay in wait
                           until 6 a.m., but no attempt was made by the isolated party to break
                           through.

23rd                       In Billets MAILLY-MAILLET.
                           The Battalion moved from MAILLY-MAILLET to Billets in RAINCHEVAL.
                           Route: HEDAVILLE - VARENNES - LEALVILLERS.



                           RAINCHEVAL
24th                       In Billets RAINCHEVAL.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           November 1916
25th        In Billets RAINCHEVAL.
            The Battalion moved from RAINCHEVAL to Billets in GEZAINCOURT.
            Route: TERRAMESNIL - HULEUX



            GEZAINCOURT
26th        In Billets GEZAINCOURT.
            The Battalion proceeded from In Billets GEZAINCOURT to
            Billets in ST. LEGER - L - DOMART.




            ST. LEGER - L - DOMART
27th        In Billets ST. LEGER - L - DOMART.



28th        In Billets ST. LEGER - L - DOMART.
            The following Officer from 4th High. L.I. joined for duty
            on this date.
            2nd Lieut. A.B.C. Lennox



29th        In Billets ST. LEGER - L - DOMART.
            2nd Lieut. J. Wotherspoon transferred to 15th H.L.I. on this date.
            Authority A.G. 1364/120 C dated 23/11/16



30th        In Billets ST. LEGER - L - DOMART.




                                                                   R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                                Commanding 16th High. L.I.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              December 1916
1st            ST LEGER-LES-DOMART
               In Billets in ST LEGER-LES-DOMART.
               Draft of 40 Other Ranks joined Battalion on this date.



2nd            In Billets in ST LEGER-LES-DOMART.


3rd            In Billets in ST LEGER-LES-DOMART.


4th            In Billets in ST LEGER-LES-DOMART.


5th            In Billets in ST LEGER-LES-DOMART.
               The Battalion moved from ST LEGER-LES-DOMART to Billets
               in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


               LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
6th            In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
               Lieut. H.A. Martin from 13th High. L.I. and draft of
               33 Other Ranks joined Battalion for duty on this date.


7th            In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


8th            In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
               Draft of 33 Other Ranks taken on strength on this date.


9th            In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
               Draft of 65 Other Ranks taken on strength this date.


10th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


11th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


12th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


13th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.


14th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
               Draft of 91 Other Ranks taken on Strength this date.


15th           In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.

                              December 1916

16th         In Billets in LANCHES, BARLETTE, HOUDAINCOURT.
             The following Officers joined Battalion for duty on this date:-
             Captain L. Gartside, 1st High. L.I. from 50th Infantry Brigade.
             2nd Lieut. H.N. Tylor from 19th High. L.I.
             2nd Lieut. A.G. Clark from 3rd High. L.I.
             2nd Lieut. J.L. Frew from 13th High. L.I.
             The Battalion moved from Billets in LANCHES to Billets in
       BERTEAUCOURT.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




            BERTEAUCOURT
17th        In Billets in BERTEAUCOURT.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in BERTEAUCOURT to Billets in
            RUBEMPRE.


            RUBEMPRE
18th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.
            Draft of 6 Other Ranks taken on Strength on this date.


19th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


20th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.
            Draft of 13 Other Ranks taken on strength this date.


21st        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


22nd        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


23rd        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


24th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


25th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.
            Draft of 7 Other Ranks taken on strength this date.


26th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


27th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


28th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           December 1916

29th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.
            The following Officers joined the Battalion for duty on this date :-
            2nd Lieut. A.C. Anderson from G.H.Q., Cadet School.
            2nd Lieut. G.C. Dixon fron 4th High. L.I.


30th        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.


31st        In Billets in RUBEMPRE.




                                                                    Wm. D. SCOTT, Major,
                                                                Commanding 16th High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         JANUARY 1917


            RUBEMPRE
1st         In Billets RUBEMPRE.

2nd         In Billets RUBEMPRE.

3rd         In Billets RUBEMPRE.

4th         In Billets RUBEMPRE.

5th         In Billets RUBEMPRE.

6th         In Billets RUBEMPRE.
            The Battalion moved Billets in RUBEMPRE to Hutments
            in COURCELLES-AU-BOIS


            COURCELLES
7th         The Battalion moved from Hutments in COURCELLES to
            SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR and relieved the
            8th Bn. King’s Own Royal Lancs. Regt.
            Relief complete 10.30 p.m.


            SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR
8th         In occupation of SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR.


9th         In occupation of SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            The following Officers joined Battalion for duty :-
            2nd Lieut. J. McLellan
            2nd Lieut. A.F. Ferguson
            2nd Lieut. A. Fraser
            2nd Lieut. T. Middlemass
            2nd Lieut. W. Rodger
            2nd Lieut. J. Somerville
            2nd Lieut. C.B. Grant

10th        In occupation of SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and moved
            to Billets in COURCELLES. Relief complete 10.50 p.m.


            COURCELLES
11th        In Hutments COURCELLES.


12th        In Hutments COURCELLES.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., in SERRE SUB-SECTOR.
            Relief complete 11.15 p.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                        JANUARY 1917
            SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR
13th        In SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            1 O.R. wounded.
            5 O.R. missing.

14th        In SERRE LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 16th Northumberland Fusiliers
            and moved into Hutments at BUS. Relief complete 2 a.m.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion on this date:-
            2nd Lieut. O.C.W. Peterson

            BUS
15th        In Hutments BUS.

16th        In Hutments BUS.

17th        In Hutments BUS.

18th        In Hutments BUS.

19th        In Hutments BUS.

20th        In Hutments BUS.
            The Battalion moved from Hutments in BUS
            to SUPPORT LINE BEAUMONT HAMEL.

            BEAUMONT HAMEL
21st        In Support BEAUMONT HAMEL.

22nd        In Support BEAUMONT HAMEL.

23rd        In Support BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            The Battalion relieved 1 Coy. 11th Border Regt.,
            and 3 Coys. of 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., in R.2., Sub-Sector.
            Relief complete by 12.15 a.m.

            R.2. SUB-SECTOR
24th        In occupation of R.2. Sub-Sector.

25th        In occupation of R.2. Sub-Sector.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
            and moved to support line BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            Relief complete 10.30 p.m.


            BEAUMONT HAMEL
26th        In Support BEAUMONT HAMEL.

27th        In Support BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            The Battalion relieved the 17th H.L.I. in R.1. Sub-Sector.
            Relief complete 6.45 p.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                        JANUARY 1917
            R.1. SUB-SECTOR
28th        In occupation of R.1. Sub-Sector.


29th        In occupation of R.1. Sub-Sector.


30th        In occupation of R.1. Sub-Sector.


31st        In occupation of R.1. Sub-Sector.
            The Battalion moved from R.1. Sub-Sector, on being relieved
            by 11th Border Regt. and proceeded to
            Support Line BEAUMONT HAMEL. Relief complete 8.40 p.m.
            1 O.R. Killed, 5 O.R. Wounded.




                                                            JOHN HUNTER, Captain,
                                                          Commanding 16th High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          FEBRUARY 1917

            BEAUMONT HAMEL
1st         In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            1 Other Rank wounded.


2nd         In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in R.2. SUBSECTOR.
            Relief complete 10.45 p.m.
            1 O.R. wounded.

            R.2. SUBSECTOR
3rd         In occupation of R.2. Subsector.

4th         In occupation of R.2. Subsector.

5th         In occupation of R.2. Subsector.
            2 Other Ranks wounded.

6th         In occupation of R.2. Subsector.

7th         In occupation of R.2. Subsector.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 17th H.L.I. and proceeded
            to Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            Relief complete 8.30 p.m.
            1 Other Rank wounded.

            BEAUMONT HAMEL
8th         In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            1 Other Rank wounded.

9th         In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            3 Other Ranks wounded.

10th        In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.

11th        In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            3 Other Ranks wounded.

12th        In Brigade Reserve in BEAUMONT HAMEL.
            The Battalion relieved the 11th Border Regt. and
            1 Coy. of the 16th Lancashire Fusiliers in R.1. Subsector.
            Relief complete 5.30 a.m.

            R.1. SUBSECTOR
13th        In occupation of R.1. Subsector.
            12 Other Ranks wounded.

14th        In occupation of R.1. Subsector.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2/5th West Yorks., and
            marched to Hutments at OLDHAM CAMP, MAILLY-MAILLET.
            Relief complete 1.50 a.m. 15th February.
            3 Other Ranks wounded.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          FEBRUARY 1917

            OLDHAM CAMP
15th        In Hutments in OLDHAM CAMP.

16th        In Hutments in OLDHAM CAMP.

17th        In Hutments in OLDHAM CAMP.
            The Battalion moved by bus from OLDHAM CAMP
            to Billets in PIERREGOT.


            PIERREGOT
18th        In Billets PIERREGOT.
            The following Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Capt. A.M. McCallum from 79th T.R. Battalion.
            Lieut. W.E. Garret-Fisher from 78th T.R. Battalion.

19th        In Billets PIERREGOT.

20th        In Billets PIERREGOT.

21st        In Billets PIERREGOT.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in PIERREGOT
            to Billets in RIVERY.


            RIVERY
22nd        In Billets in RIVERY.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in RIVERY
            to Billets in MARCELCAVE.


            MARCELCAVE
23rd        In Billets in MARCELCAVE.

24th        In Billets in MARCELCAVE.

25th        In Billets in MARCELCAVE.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in MARCELCAVE
            to Billets in MEZIERRES.


            MEZIERRES
26th        In Billets in MEZIERRES.

27th        In Billets in MEZIERRES.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in MEZIERRES to
            Billets in BEAUFORT.


            BEAUFORT
28th        In Billets in BEAUFORT.


                                                               R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                              Commanding 16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.
                             MARCH 1917

            BEAUFORT
1st         In Billets in BEAUFORT.

2nd         In Billets in BEAUFORT.
            The Battalion relieved the 15th Lancashire Fusiliers
            in the Left Subsector.
            Left Sector relief complete 12.50 a.m., 3rd March 1917.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




            LEFT SUB-SECTOR
3rd         In occupation of the Left SUB-SECTOR, FOUQUESCOURT.
            Casualties - Killed 2 Other Ranks, wounded 3 Other Ranks.

4th         In occupation of the Left SUB-SECTOR, FOUQUESCOURT.

5th         In occupation of the Left SUB-SECTOR, FOUQUESCOURT.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., and
            proceeded to Brigade Reserve in WARVILLERS.
            Relief complete 11.10 p.m.


            WARVILLERS
6th         In occupation of WARVILLERS (Brigade Reserve).

7th         In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.

8th         In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in the
            Left SUB-SECTION. Relief complete 8.50 p.m.


            LEFT SUB-SECTION
9th         In occupation of the LEFT SUB-SECTION, FOUQUESCOURT.

10th        In occupation of the LEFT SUB-SECTION.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 18th Lancashire Fusiliers
            and proceeded to Billets in WARVILLERS.
            Relief complete 8.40 p.m.


            WARVILLERS
11th        In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.

12th        In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.

13th        In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.

14th        In Brigade Reserve WARVILLERS.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 5/6th Royal Scots, and
            proceeded to Billets in FRESNOY-EN-CHAUSSEE.
            Relief complete 8.30 p.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             MARCH 1917

            FRESNOY-EN-CHAUSEE
15th        In Billets in FRESNOY-EN-CHAUSEE.

16th        In Billets in FRESNOY-EN-CHAUSEE.

17th        In Billets in FRESNOY-EN-CHAUSEE.
            The Battalion proceeded to LE QUESNOY.


            LE QUESNOY
18th        In dug outs LE QUESNOY.
            The Battalion proceeded to FRESNOY-LES-ROYE.


            FRESNOY-LES-ROYE
19th        In Billets FRESNOY-LES-ROYE.
            The Battalion moved from FRESNOY to ETALON arriving
            there at 1.30 p.m.
            The Battalion moved from ETALON to NESLE.


            NESLE
20th        In Billets in NESLE.

21st        In Billets in NESLE.

22nd        In Billets in NESLE.

23rd        In Billets in NESLE.

24th        In Billets in NESLE.

25th        In Billets in NESLE.

26th        In Billets in NESLE.
            2nd Lieut. M.L. McInnes from 6th (R) Bn. H.L.I.
            joined the Battalion for duty on this date.

27th        In Billets in NESLE.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in NESLE to
            Billets in FERME DE MONTIZELLE.


            FERME DE MONTIZELLE
28th        In Billets in FERME DE MONTIZELLE.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in
            FERME DE MONTIZELLE and relieved Cavalry
            OUTPOSTS at VAUX, ETREILLERS, and
            CHATEAU DE POMMERY.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           MARCH 1917

            VAUX, ETREILLERS, Ch. DE POMMERY
29th        Holding OUTPOSTS at VAUX, ETREILLERS,
            and CHATEAU DE POMMERY.
            2nd Manchester Regiment on left
            62nd Division (French) on right.
            Casualties - 2 Killed, 8 O.R. Wounded.


30th        Holding OUTPOSTS at VAUX, ETREILLERS,
            and CHATEAU DE POMMERY.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Killed, 4 O.R. Wounded.


31st        Holding OUTPOSTS at VAUX, ETREILLERS,
            and CHATEAU DE POMMERY.




                                                           R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                Commanding 16th (Service) Battalion.
                                                            Highland Light Infantry
      16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             APRIL 1917
           ETREILLERS
1st        In occupation of Outpost Line in front of ETREILLERS.
           Battalion Headquarters in VAUX.
           The Battalion was relieved by the 18th Battalion
           Lancashire Fusiliers and withdrew to Bivouac in
           VAUX, relief being complete by 11.15 p.m.


           VAUX
2nd        In Bivouac VAUX.
           The Battalion was ordered to take up a position in front
           of ROUPY to fill a gap of 1,800 yards between the 96th
           Infantry Brigade on the left and the French on the right.
           Our right Flank to rest on the ROUPY - ST QUENTIN ROAD.
           The Battalion left VAUX at 11 a.m. and proceeded to take
           up above position.
           The dispositions from Right to Left were D, C, A, Companies
           with B Company in support in QUARRY point F.12.a.1.1.
           Battalion Headquarters were established in the QUARRY.
           The line was reached about 2 p.m., and Companies proceeded
           to dig in. Although the enemy opened machine gun fire and
           shelled the position our casualties were only 1 Other Rank
           Killed and 5 Other Ranks wounded, and by dusk a continuous
           traversed trench had been dug.
           Between 5 and 10 p.m. an almost continuous bombardment
           of the QUARRY was carried out by the enemy, and our
           casualties were very heavy.
           CASUALTIES:-
           Killed in Action
           Captain A.M. McCallum and 1 Other Rank.

           Wounded in Action
           Captain V.E. Badcock, R.A.M.C.
           Captain (Acting Major) J. Hunter
           2/Lieut. J. Robertson
           26 Other Ranks

           Draft of 25 Other Ranks joined Unit on this date.


           ROUPY
3rd        In occupation of Outpost Line at ROUPY.
           Draft of 52 Other Ranks joined Unit on this date.

4th        In occupation of Outpost Line in front of ROUPY.
           At 3.30 p.m. the French on our Right attacked
           EPINE DE DALLON, their left flank crossing our
           front and joining with Right Flank of 96th Infantry Brigade.

5th        In Outpost Line in front of ROUPY.
           The Battalion withdrew to ATTILLY.
                  16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                           APRIL 1917

                         ATTILLY
6th                      In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.

7th                      In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.
                         Major Wm. D. Scott, M.C., rejoined Unit from
                         Senior Officers’ Course ALDERSHOT on this date.
                         2nd Lieut. G.G. Lean from 9th High. L.I., joined
                         Battalion for duty on this date.

8th                      In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.

9th                      In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.
                         Casualties:
                         Killed in Action - 1 Other Rank.
                         Wounded in Action - 4 Other Ranks.
                         Draft of 48 Other Ranks joined Battalion on this date.

10th                     In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.

11th                     In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.

12th                     In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.
                         Draft of 5 Other Ranks joined Battalion on this date.

13th                     In Brigade Reserve ATTILLY.

14th                     The Battalion left ATTILLY at 1.30 a.m. to take up
                         Battle position in front of SELENCY for an attack on
                         FAYET at 4.30 a.m.
                         The assembly position was from S.4.c.5.1. to S.4.a.2.1
                         “B” & “A” Coys formed the first two waves “D” Coy
                         being on the right.
                         Battalion Headquarters were at point S.3.d.8.3.
                         The 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. were on our left. The First Objective
                         was a N. & S. line through FAYET CHATEAU to be captured
                         by “A” & “B” Coys.
                         The 2nd Objective the GRICOURT - ST. QUENTIN ROAD to be
                         captured by “D” & “C” Coys., a Defensive Flank being
                         formed by “B” & “A” Coys to the right after “D” & “C”
                         Coys had passed through their line.
                         The attack was launched at 4.30 a.m., the Artillery making
                         a magnificent barrage, and the men keeping close up to this
                         got on well. The enemy seemed to be taken by surprise and
                         showed little fight, the result being that many prisoners
                         were taken.
                         The 1st Objective was reached about 50 minutes after zero.
                         The whole of FAYET was a mass of ruins, and some difficulty
                         was experienced in maintaining direction, the result being
                         that “D” & “C” Coys got too far right and took up a line on
                         the road running through S.6.c and S.12.a. This line was held.
                         The Brigade phoned to say that a Battalion of 14th Infantry
                         Brigade were attacking CEPY FARM at 3.30 p.m., and our final
                         Objective was to be captured at the same time. Before this
                         message was received however “D” & “C” Coys had launched
                         an attack and the final Objective was gained at 2 p.m. with
                                           APRIL 1917
14th (Continued) few casualties.
                         In conjunction with 2nd Manchester Regiment on the Right
                         the hostile trench running across our front from CEPY FARM
                         was taken at 4 p.m.
                         Our dispositions now were “C” & “D” Coys in front line
                         with “A” & “B” Coys in support in front of wood at S.6.a.
                         At 5 p.m. we were ordered to extend our front as far as
                         CEPY FARM exclusive and “B” Coy relieved 1 Coy of
                         2nd Manchester Regiment at 7 p.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



            “A” Coy then moved forward to sunken road and were in
            immediate support. Considering that all our objectives were
            gained, our casualties were not heavy and the Battalion
            captured 2 Machine Guns and about 150 prisoners.

            The telegrams of congratulation received are shown
            in Appendix 1.

            Operation Orders are attached as Appendix 2.

            The casualties were as follows :-

            Killed in Action
            Lieut. (Acting Captain) J.S. Wilkie
            2nd Lieut. F.W. Alexander
            13 Other Ranks.

            Wounded in Action
            2nd Lieut. A.J. Sanders
            2nd Lieut. J.L. Frew
            2nd Lieut. W. Rodger
            2nd Lieut. A.C. Anderson
            96 Other Ranks


            GRICOURT - ST. QUENTIN ROAD
15th        In occupation of line in front of GRICOURT - ST. QUENTIN ROAD.
            Fayet was heavily shelled intermittently by the enemy during
            the whole day.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 15th Lancashire Fusiliers and
            proceeded to Billets in GERMAINE. Relief complete 11.40 p.m.
            CASUALTIES:

            Killed in Action
            2nd Lieut. W. Beattie

            Wounded in Action
            Captain A.F. Blackie


            GERMAINE
16th        In Billets GERMAINE.

17th        In Billets GERMAINE.
            Lieut. R.J. Downing transferred to ENGLAND on this date.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              APRIL 1917

18th        In Billets GERMAINE.

19th        In Billets in DIVISIONAL Reserve in GERMAINE.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2/1st Bucks Regiment
            and proceeded to Billets in OFFOY.


            OFFOY
20th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

21st        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

22nd        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

23rd        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

24th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

25th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

26th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

27th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

28th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

29th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.

30th        In Billets in Corps Reserve in OFFOY.
            Brigade Inspection
            The Battalion as part of the 97th Infantry Brigade was
            inspected by the G.O.C. 32nd Division on this date.


            The Corps Commander under authority of His Majesty
            the King has conferred the Military Medal on the
            undernote :- dated 26th April 1917

            No. 14315 Corporal R. Wylie
            No. 12095 Piper T. Richardson




                                                              R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                              Commanding, 16th Highland Light Infantry
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                            APPENDIX 1
                                   16th (SERVICE) BATTALION H.L.I.

                Congratulatory Messages received for Operations of 14th April, 1917




FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
        Please convey my congratulations to 32nd Division on the success of the operations carried out
by them on 14th April, 1917.




FROM ARMY COMMANDER
        General RAWLINSON wires as follows AAA Please convey to 32nd Division my best
congratulations on the phenomenal success of their operations to-day AAA
The vigour and gallantry of the 32nd Division is worthy of high praise, and I offer them my warmest thanks
AAA




FROM CORPS COMMANDER
         The Corps Commander desires his thanks to be conveyed to all the ranks of 32nd Division
together with his congratulations on their success.




FROM DIVISIONAL COMMANDER
         The Divisional Commander wishes all ranks informed that the success of the Division is entirely
due to the careful plans of Brigade Commanders coupled with the intelligence, rapid movement and great
dash of the troops AAA The splendid support given by the Artillery enabled the Infantry to carry out their
tasks without excessive casualties, and the determination and spirit shown by the 32nd Division to-day
proves that it can go anywhere and do anything.



FROM BRIGADE COMMANDER
      Well done, 16th H.L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                MAY 1917

            OFFOY
1st         In Billets in OFFOY.
            Draft of 6 Other Ranks joined Battalion on this date.
            List of Honours and Awards granted to the Battalion
            are attached as Appendix 1.

2nd         In Billets in OFFOY.
            The following Officers joined the Battalion for duty on this date :-
            Captain T.B. Gray from 8th H.L.I.
            Captain T.M. McLeod from 4th H.L.I.
            2/Lieut. S.M. Roberts from 4th H.L.I.
            2/Lieut W.N.M. Armour from G.H.Q. Cadet School.
            Draft of 75 Other Ranks joined Battalion for duty on this date.

3rd         In Billets in OFFOY.

4th         In Billets in OFFOY.

5th         In Billets in OFFOY.

6th         In Billets in OFFOY.
            Draft of 14 Other Ranks joined Battalion for Duty on this date.

7th         In Billets in OFFOY.

8th         In Billets in OFFOY.

9th         In Billets in OFFOY.

10th        In Billets in OFFOY.
            The undernoted Officer joined the Battalion for duty on this date :-
            Captain M.S. Fox, from 46th Infantry Brigade.

11th        In Billets in OFFOY.

12th        In Billets in OFFOY.
            Draft of 14 Other Ranks joined Battalion for duty on this date.

13th        In Billets in OFFOY.

14th        In Billets in OFFOY.
            Casualties :-
            Killed (Accidentally) - 1 O.R.
            Wounded (Accidentally) - 2/Lieut. P. Crichton, and 2 O.R.

15th        In Billets in OFFOY.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in OFFOY to
            Billets in ETALON.

            ETALON
16th        In Billets in ETALON.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in ETALON
            to Billets in ROSIERES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                MAY 1917

            ROSIERES
17th        In Billets in ROSIERES.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in ROSIERES
            to Billets in THENNES.


            THENNES
18th        In Billets in THENNES.

19th        In Billets in THENNES.
            Draft of 4 O.R. joined the Battalion for duty on this date.

20th        In Billets in THENNES.

21st        In Billets in THENNES.

22nd        In Billets in THENNES.
            Letter from General Rawlinson, Commanding Ivth Army,
            is attached as Appendix 2.

23rd        In Billets in THENNES.

24th        In Billets in THENNES.

25th        In Billets in THENNES.

26th        In Billets in THENNES.

27th        In Billets in THENNES.
            Draft of 3 O.R. joined the Battalion on this date.
            The following Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
            2nd Lieut. J. Ferris from 3rd H.L.I.
            2nd Lieut. W. Gray from 3rd H.L.I.
            2nd Lieut. D. Mck. Ross from 3rd H.L.I.
            2nd Lieut T.W. Hill from 3rd H.L.I.

28th        In Billets in THENNES.

29th        In Billets in THENNES.

30th        In Billets in THENNES.
            At 8 a.m. the Battalion moved to Billets in CACHY.


            CACHY
31st        In Billets in CACHY.



                                                              R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                              Commanding 16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                 JUNE 1917

               CACHY
1st            In Billets, CACHY. Move from Billets in CACHY and
               entrain at VILLERS BRETTONEUX to Billets in the DOULIEU Area.


               DOULIEU
2nd            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

3rd            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

4th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
               Draft of 30 Other Ranks joined the Battalion for duty.

5th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
               Draft of 24 Other Ranks joined the Battalion for duty.

6th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

7th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
               The undernoted Officer having been transferred to England is
               struck off strength from today’s date.
               2nd Lieut. W.N. ARMOUR.

8th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

9th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

10th           In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

11th            In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
                The undernoted Officer having been transferred to 2/7th Duke of
       Wellington’s Regt, is struck off strength from today’s date.
                2nd Lieut. C.G. STOTT.

12th           In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
               1 Other Ranks joined the Battalion for duty.

13th           In Billets, DOLIEU Area.

14th           In Billets, DOLIEU Area.
               March to Billets in the EECKE Area.


               EECKE
15th           In Billets, EECKE Area.

16th           In Billets, EECKE Area.
               Move from Billets in EECKE Area by bus
               to Billets in PETIT SYNTHE.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JUNE 1917

            PETIT SYNTHE
17th        In Billets, PETIT SYNTHE.

18th        In Billets, PETIT SYNTHE.
            March to DUNKERQUE, and move by train
            to Hutments in Camp JUNIAC.

            CAMP JUNIAC
19th        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.
            Relieve the French in the Coast Line Defences, Route EOLIENNE
            (exclusive) to LA PANNE BAINS (exclusive).
            Relief Complete - 9.30 p.m.

20th        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.

21st        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.
            Draft of 7 Other Ranks joined the Battalion for duty.

22nd        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.

23rd        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.
            The King’s Royal Rifles take over the Coast Line Defences.
            Relief complete - 9.30 p.m.

24th        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.
            The undernoted Officers joined the Battalion from the 3rd H.L.I.
            2nd Lieut. W. FINGLAND
            2nd Lieut. D.M. ROBERTSON

25th        In Hutments Camp JUNIAC.
            Move from Camp JUNIAC to Brigade Support in NIEUPORT.

            NIEUPORT
26th        In Billets, NIEUPORT.
            1 Other Ranks killed.

27th        In Billets, NIEUPORT.
            1 Other Ranks wounded.

28th        In Billets, NIEUPORT.
            6 Other Ranks wounded. 1 Other Ranks killed.

29th        In Billets, NIEUPORT.
            2 Other Ranks wounded.
            Relieve 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in the Right Sub-Sector
            (LOMBARTZYDE Sector)
            Relief complete - 12.40 a.m. 30th June, 1917.

            RIGHT SUB-SECTOR
30th        In occupation of Right Sub-Sector, LOMBARTZYDE Sector.


                                                                    R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                                    Commanding 16th H.L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JULY 1917

            LOMBARDZYDE
1st         In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.

2nd         In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Casualties :- Killed 5 O.R., wounded 14 O.R.

3rd         In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.

4th         In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Wounded - T.B. Gray, 13 O.R.
            The Battalion was relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I., relief complete 11 p.m.
            On completion of relief the Battalion withdrew to Brigade Support
            in NIEUPORT.

            NIEUPORT
5th         In Brigade Support NIEUPORT.
            Casualties - Killed 2 O.R., wounded and missing 1 O.R.
            “A” Company carried out a successful raid on enemy trenches
            at point M.23.a.3.4. Operation Orders and report are attached
            as Appendices 1 and 2.

6th         In Brigade Support NIEUPORT.
            Casualties - wounded 1 O.R.

7th         In Brigade Support NIEUPORT.
            The following reinforcements joined the Battalion on this date:-
            2nd Lieut. C.N. RUTHERFORD
            2nd Lieut. M.M. WOTHERSPOON
            From 5th H.L.I., 33 Other Ranks.

8th         The Battalion relieved the 2nd Bn. K.O.Y.L.I. in
            LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Relief complete 11.30 p.m.
            Casualties - Killed 1 O.R., Wounded 5 O.R.

            LOMBARDZYDE
9th         In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Casualties - Killed 9 O.R., Wounded 5 O.R.


10th        In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Our Sector was subjected to a violent bombardment lasting 15 hours.
            A special report is attached as Appendix 3.
            Casualties:-
            Killed              -       2/Lieut T.W. Hill, 3 Other Ranks
            Wounded             -       2/Lieuts. D.M. Ross, D.M. Robertson,
                                        J. Halliday, J.W. Greig, C.N. Rutherford,
                                        49 Other Ranks.

11th        In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Sector, Right Subsector.
            Casualties:-
            Killed            -     11 Other Ranks
            Wounded           -     56 Other Ranks
            Missing           -     9 Other Ranks
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                               JULY 1917

12th        The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd Manchesters and moved to
            Hutments in JEAN BART Camp, COXYDE. Relief Complete 3.30 a.m.
            Draft of 56 O.R. joined Battalion this date.


            JEAN BART CAMP
13th        In Hutments JEAN BART Camp.
            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R.

14th        In Hutments JEAN BART Camp.

15th        In Hutments JEAN BART Camp.

16th        In Hutments JEAN BART Camp.
            The Battalion moved from Hutments in JEAN BART CAMP
            to Hutments in GHYVELDE.


            GHYVELDE
17th        In Hutments in GHYVELDE.

18th        In Hutments in GHYVELDE.
            Draft of 21 O.R. joined Battalion this date.

19th        In Hutments in GHYVELDE.

20th        In Hutments in GHYVELDE.
            The Battalion moved from GHYVELDE to
            Camp in D.8.a. BRAY DUNES area.


            CAMP D.8.a
21st        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area.

22nd        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area.
            Draft of 102 O.R. joined Battalion this date.

23rd        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area.
            List of Honours and awards granted during this month
            is attached as Appendix 4.

24th        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area.

25th        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area.
            Draft of 8 O.R. joined Battalion this date.

26th        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area

27th        Under Canvas in Camp D.8.a BRAY DUNES Area, Coxyde.


            KUHN CAMP
28th        In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            2 O.R. Wounded
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             JULY 1917

29th        In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R.


30th        In Hutments KUHN CAMP.


31st        In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.
            Congratulatory messages are attached as Appendices 5 and 6.




                                               R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel, Commanding,
                                                         16th Highland Light Infantry
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             AUGUST 1917
            KHUN CAMP
1st         In Billets KUHN CAMP. Divisional Reserve.
            1 Other Ranks wounded.

2nd         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

3rd         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

4th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

5th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.
            8 Other Ranks joined the Battalion from 21st I.B.D.

6th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

7th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

8th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

9th         In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.

10th        In Hutments KUHN CAMP.
            Divisional Reserve.
            Relieved by 17th H.L.I. and marched to Hutments in JEANNIOT CAMP.


            JEANNIOT CAMP
11th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.
            Captain J. Alexander reported for duty with the Battalion .
            Lieut. C.W. Durward, Highland Cyclist Battalion, reported
            for duty with the Battalion.

12th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.

13th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.
            2nd Lieut. I.H. Smith, 3rd H.L.I. reported for duty with the Battalion.

14th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.

15th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.
            Relieved by the 5th Scottish Rifles and march
                                       to Billets in BRAY DUNES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            AUGUST 1917

            BRAY DUNES
16th        In Billets, BRAY DUNES.
            Draft of 7 Other Ranks joined the Battalion from the 21st I.B.D.
            2 Other Ranks wounded.

17th        In Billets, BRAY DUNES.

18th        In Billets, BRAY DUNES.
            Relieve 2nd Worcesters in Camp “C” GHYVELDE.


            GHYVELDE
20th        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.
            Draft of 4 Other Ranks joined the Battalion from the 21st I.B.D.

21st        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.

22nd        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.

23rd        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.

24th        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.
            Draft of 26 Other Ranks joined the Battalion from the 21st I.B.D.

25th        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.
            Captain A.E. McLellan, 3rd H.L.I. reported for duty with the Battalion.
            Captain H.F. Martin, 3rd H.L.I. reported for duty with the Battalion.

26th        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.

27th        In Hutments, GHYVELDE.
            March to Billets in JEANNIOT CAMP.
            The undernoted Officers reported for duty with the Battalion :-
            2nd Lieut. H.V. Jowett, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.
            2nd Lieut. D.V. Charlton, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.
            2nd Lieut. H.N. Eadie, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.
            2nd Lieut. A. Elder, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.
            2nd Lieut. J.W. Linn, 1st Highland Cyclist Battalion.


            JEANNIOT CAMP
28th        In Hutments, JEANNIOT CAMP.
            March to Hutments in KHUN CAMP


            KHUN CAMP
29th        In Divisional Reserve in KHUN CAMP.




                            AUGUST 1917
30th        In Divisional Reserve in KHUN CAMP.
            Draft of 7 Other Ranks reported for duty with the Battalion
            from 21st I.B.D.

31st        In Divisional Reserve in KHUN CAMP.
16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                               R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonal,
                                    Commanding, 16th Battalion High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         SEPTEMBER 1917
            KHUN CAMP
1st         In Brigade Reserve, in Hutments KHUN CAMP.
            1 O.R. Killed.

2nd         In Brigade Reserve, in Hutments KHUN CAMP.

3rd         In Brigade Reserve, in Hutments KHUN CAMP.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in the Right Subsector,
            ST. GEORGE’s SECTOR, with “A” Company on right and
            “B” Company on left, “C” Company in Support and “D” Company
            in reserve at GROOTE LABOUR FARM.
            Relief complete 11.45 p.m.


            ST. GEORGE’S SECTOR
4th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.

5th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.

6th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            The undernoted Officer having joined the Battalion for duty
            is taken on strength and posted to “D” Company from this date.
            2nd Lieut. J. THOMSON, 5th High. L.I.

7th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            1 O.R. Killed, 1 O.R. Wounded.

8th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.

9th         In occupation of Right Subsector, ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            1 O.R. Wounded. The Battalion was relieved by the
            17th H.L.I. and moved to Brigade Reserve in OOST DUNKERKE.
            “A”, “B”, “C” Companies and Headquarters in OOST DUNKERKE
            and “D” Company in Hutments in WELLINGTON CAMP.
            Relief complete 12.45 a.m. 10th September.


            OOST DUNKERKE
10th        In Brigade Reserve in OOST DUNKERKE.

11th        In Brigade Reserve in OOST DUNKERKE.
            The undernoted Officer joined the Battalion on this date.
            2nd Lieut. R.G.A. Temple.

12th        In Brigade Reserve in OOST DUNKERKE.
            1 O.R. Wounded.

13th        In Billets in Brigade Reserve OOST DUNKERKE.

14th        In Billets in Brigade Reserve OOST DUNKERKE.




                         SEPTEMBER 1917
15th        In Billets in Brigade Reserve OOST DUNKERKE.
            7 O.R. Killed, 6 O.R. wounded in Wellington Camp (“D” Company)
            The Battalion relieved 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in left sub-sector
            ST. GEORGE’S sector with “C” Company on the right,
            “D” Company on the left, “B” Company in Support,
            “A” Company in Reserve. Relief complete 3.45 a.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



            ST. GEORGE’S SECTOR
16th        In occupation of Left Subsector ST. GEORGE’S Sector.

17th        In occupation of Left Subsector ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            2 O.R. Killed, 5 O.R. wounded.

18th        In occupation of Left Subsector ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            The undernoted Officers are taken on strength of Battalion
            on this date :-
            2nd Lieut. A.D. GOWANS
            2nd Lieut. J. WHITFIELD
            2nd Lieut. R. KAY

19th        In occupation of Left Subsector ST. GEORGE’S Sector.

20th        In occupation of Left Subsector ST. GEORGE’S Sector.
            The undernoted Officer having been posted to R.F.C.
            is struck off strength :-
            Lieut. N.H. McNeil, M.C.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd Manchester Regiment,
            and moved to Hutments in Khun Camp.
            Relief complete 3.15 a.m.


            KHUN CAMP
21st        In Hutments in KHUN CAMP.
            The Battalion marched to Billets in LA PANNE.


            LA PANNE
22nd        In Billets in LA PANNE. The Battalion marched to
            FORT DE DUNES and relieved the 5th Yorks and Lancs in
            Coast Defences there. Relief complete 10.45 a.m.
            The undernoted Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
            2nd Lieuts. E.J. HILLIER, W. COMRIE, J.P. MITCHELL.


            FORT DE DUNES
23rd        In occupation of Coast Defences FORT DE DUNES.

24th        The Battalion was relieved by the 3/5th Lancashire Fusiliers and
            moved to Billets in LA PANNE. Relief complete 1.15 p.m.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Lieut. R.B. Stewart.
            Draft of 6 O.R. joined the Battalion on this date.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         SEPTEMBER 1917
            LA PANNE
25th        In Billets in LA PANNE, Divisional Reserve.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Captain F.W. Reid.


26th        In Billets in LA PANNE, Divisional Reserve.


27th        In Billets in LA PANNE, Divisional Reserve.


28th        In Billets in LA PANNE, Divisional Reserve.
            The Battalion relieved the 16th Northumberland Fusiliers
            in NIEUPORT (NEW PARADE).
            Relief complete 11.30 p.m.



            NIEUPORT
29th        In Brigade Reserve NEW PARADE, NIEUPORT.


30th        In Brigade Reserve NEW PARADE, NIEUPORT.




                                                               R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                               Commanding, 16th Highland Light Infantry
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                        OCTOBER 1917
                          NIEUPORT
1st                       In Brigade Reserve NEW PARADE, NIEUPORT.
                          Intimation was received that the Military Cross had been awarded
                          to 2nd Lieut. John McLellan for Conspicuous Gallantry in going to the
                          assistance of a British aeroplane which had been shot down, and was
                          lying in the middle of “No Man’s Land” in front of the Belgian lines
                          near RAMSCAPPELLE. Lieut. McLellan went out with two Belgian
                          soldiers who returned to their own lines when the enemy opened
                          fire with 77’s on the vicinity of the plane. Lieut. McLellan went on
                          alone under heavy shell fire, ascertained that both pilot and observer
                were killed, and salvaged the maps, and other loose property.
                          Casualties : Wounded - 3 O.R.

2nd                      In Brigade Reserve NEW PARADE, NIEUPORT.
                         The Battalion relieved the 2nd Bn. K.O.Y.L.I. in the LOMBARDZYDE
                         Right Sub-Sector. Relief complete 11.30 p.m.
                         Casualties : Killed - 1 O.R., Wounded - 8 O.R.

                         LOMBARDZYDE RIGHT SUB-SECTOR
3rd                      In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Right Sub-Sector.
                         Casualties : Wounded - 5 O.R.
                         Re-inforcements of 5 O.R. joined the Battalion on this date.

4th                      In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Right Sub-Sector.
                         Casualties : Wounded 5 O.R.

5th                      In occupation of LOMBARDZYDE Right Sub-Sector.
                         The Battalion was relieved by the 5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers and
                         proceeded to Billets in COXYDE.
                         Casualties : Wounded - 2 O.R.
                         Relief complete 11.30 p.m.


                         COXYDE
6th    12 noon           The Battalion proceeded by march route to ADINKERKE.
       2.30 p.m.         The Battalion embarked on Barges at ADINKERKE, and
                         proceeded from there to CHAPEAU ROUGE on the
                         NIEUPORT - DUNKERQUE CANAL.
       8 p.m.            On arrival at CHAPEAU ROUGE the Battalion disembarked,
                         and proceeded to Billets in TETEGHEM.


                         TETEGHEM
7th                      In Billets TETEGHEM.
                         Reinforcements of 4 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

8th                      In Billets TETEGHEM.

9th                      In Billets TETEGHEM.
                         Reinforcements of 31 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

10th                     In Billets TETEGHEM.

11th                     In Billets TETEGHEM.

                                        OCTOBER 1917
12th                     In Billets TETEGHEM.

13th                     In Billets TETEGHEM.


14th                     In Billets TETEGHEM.
                         The following Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
                         2nd Lieut. R.B. Robertson from 6th H.L.I.
                         2nd Lieut. D. McFeat from 6th H.L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




15th        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion from this date :-
            Captain T.L. Craven from 3rd H.L.I.


16th        In Billets TETEGHEM.

17th        In Billets TETEGHEM.

18th        In Billets TETEGHEM.

19th        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            A Regimental Concert was held in the Aerodrome by kind
            permission of Officer Commanding 24th Squadron R.F.C.


20th        In Billets TETEGHEM.


21st        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            Reinforcements of 4 O.R. joined Battalion.


22nd        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            Reinforcements of 5 O.R. joined the Battalion.


23rd        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            Lieut.-Colonel R. Kyle assumed Command of 97th Brigade
            during temporary absence of the Brigadier Comdg., 32nd Division.
            Major W.D. Scott, D.S.O., M.C., assumed command of the Battalion.


24th        In Billets TETEGHEM.
            The Battalion moved by march route to Billets in ERINGHEM.



            ERINGHEM
25th        In Billets in ERINGHEM.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in ERINGHEM to Billets in BROXEELE.
            Lieut.-Colonel R. Kyle reassumed Command of the Battalion.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                          OCTOBER 1917
            BROXEELE
26th        In Billets in BROXEELE.

27th        In Billets in BROXEELE.

28th        In Billets in BROXEELE.

29th        In Billets in BROXEELE.

30th        In Billets in BROXEELE.




                                                       R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                       Commanding, 16th Highland Light Infantry
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         NOVEMBER 1917
            BROXEELE
1st         In Billets in BROXEELE.

2nd         In Billets in BROXEELE.

3rd         In Billets in BROXEELE.

4th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


5th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


6th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


7th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


8th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


9th         In Billets in BROXEELE.


10th        In Billets in BROXEELE.
            The Battalion moved from Billets in BROXEELE
            to encampment at J.7.a.3.3., sheet 27.


            CAMP AT J.7.a.3.3
11th        In Camp at J.7.a.3.3., sheet 27.
            The Battalion moved to Hutments in ROAD CAMP.


            ROAD CAMP
12th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP. JAN DER BIEZEN.

13th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

14th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.
            3 O.R. reinforcements arrived this date.

15th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

16th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.
            Reinforcements of 27 O.R. arrived this date.

17th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

18th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

19th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          NOVEMBER 1917
20th        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

21st        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.

22nd        In Hutments in ROAD CAMP.
            The Battalion moved by rail to IRISH FARM CAMP
            in C.27.a., sheet 28.



            IRISH FARM
23rd        In IRISH FARM CAMP.
            The Battalion moved from IRISH CAMP to WURST FARM
            in D.7.B., sheet 28.



            WURST FARM
24th        In WURST FARM




            WURST FARM - PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR
25th        In WURST FARM. The Battalion relieved the 2nd K.O.Y.L.I.
            in PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR. Left Division Right Brigade,
            2nd Bn Scottish Rifles on right and 11th Border Regt on left.
            Relief complete 11.30 p.m.
            The Battalion had the following casualties during the relief :-
            Wounded in Action
            Captain E.A. McLELLAN, 2nd Lieut. W. COMRIE,
            2nd Lieut. G.G. LEAN, 2nd Lieut. E.J. HILLIER
            13 O.R. Killed, 39 O.R. Wounded.



            PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR
26th        PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR. The Enemy put down his SOS
            Barrage on this night and the following casualties were taken :-
            Other Ranks : 10 - Killed, 23 - Wounded.

27th        PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR.
            The Battalion was relieved by 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers and
            proceeded to camp at WURST FARM.
            Relief complete 10 p.m.
            Casualties : -
            5 O.R. Killed, 18 O.R. Wounded, 12 O.R. Missing.



            WURST FARM CAMP
28th        In occupation of WURST CAMP.
            The Battalion moved to IRISH CAMP arriving there 2.30 p.m.
            Casualties: 6 O.R. Wounded.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         NOVEMBER 1917

            IRISH FARM
29th        In occupation of IRISH FARM CAMP.
            Casualties : 2 O.R. Killed, 2 O.R. Wounded.

30th        In occupation of IRISH FARM CAMP.
            The Battalion moved from IRISH CAMP to
            BELLEVUE completely equipped in Battle Order.




                                                             Wm. D. SCOTT, Major,
                                            Commanding, 16th Highland Light Infantry
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            DECEMBER 1917
              BELLVUE - BATTLE POSITION
1st           1. The Battalion occupied the trenches in vicinity of BELLEVUE
              ( D.4.d.50.45 ) on readiness to carry out the operations on
              PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE described in O.O. 16/6 (See Appendix 1).
              Strength - 16 Officers and 404 O.R.
              At 5.30 p.m. reinforcements were received of 4 Officers and 65 O.R.
              Total strength on going into action 20 Officers, 469 O.R.
              (See Appendix 2). During daylight the Battalion was at rest. In spite
              of frequent bursts of hostile shell fire no casualties were taken.

               2. At 6.30 p.m. the taping party ( Lieut. J. McLellan, M.C. and
               16 O.R.) moved off and laid a tape from D.6.a.0.6. near
               MOSSEMARKT, to front line position via VENTURE FARM. They then
               taped the assembly position and erected luminous numbered boards to
               mark the right of each Platoon. The tape was laid on a Battalion
      frontage of 300 yds. (See sketch map attached) and within a depth of
               30 yds, as experience had shown that this position was forward of
               the enemy’s S.O.S. Barrage lines.

               3. At 9.30 p.m. the Battalion moved from BELLEVUE to the assembly
               position (Order of March :- D, B, C, A. Companies) and was in position
               at 11.10 p.m. Five casualties were taken from enemy shell-fire
      during this move.

              4. The Battalion was then in line with the 11th Borders on its left.
              The 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. had taken up a position on a parallel line to our right
              100 yards in rear, liaison was obtained with both units.

              5. At 10.30 p.m. Advanced Battalion Headquarters under Lieut. S.M.
              ROBERTS (Signalling Officer) were established at VIRILE FARM
              ( V.29.b.70.45 ) and connected by wire with Battalion Headquarters
              at BELLEVUE.

              6. Weather : bright moonlight, no wind, visibility good up to
              300 yds, ground soft but quite practicable.


2nd           7. At Zero hour (1.55 a.m.) the Battalion advanced. It was at once
              met with intense enemy machine gun fire from directions of HALLET
              COPSE, VOX FARM, VOID FARM and HILL 52. The enemy pill box and
              trenches at VOX FARM were at once rushed and the garrison disposed
              of, 50 prisoners being sent to the rear. Two enemy machine guns
      were captured here and afterwards sent to D.A.D.O.S.
              The concentrated M.G. fire had seriously thinned our ranks, and this
              fire was not checked until our barrage was put down at 2.30a.m.

                8. The advance was then continued and at 2.40 a.m. a line running
                E. and W. through VOID FARM ( V.23.d.9.3 ) was reached. By this time
                touch had been lost with the unit on our left, Captain G.L. DAVIDSON
                and 2nd Lieut. W.R. BENNIE were killed about this time by enemy
      snipers from direction of MALLET COPSE, whilst endeavouring to
                locate this unit. The unit on our right had been caught in the enemy
                barrage and was unable to get forward, so that our right flank was
                exposed.
                 16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                      DECEMBER 1917

2nd (continued) 9. The remnants of the Battalion then consolidated two positions
                        on the line of our first objective. One under Lieut. J. MILLER and
                        Lieut. J.W. LUNN with about 40 O.R. from B and D Companies, was
                        immediately in front of VOID FARM about V.23.d.9.4 facing N.
                        The other under Captain J. ALEXANDER, Lieut. D.V. CHARLTON and
                        Lieut. R.B. ROBERTSON, with about 30 O.R. from A and C Companies,
                        was about V.24.c.3.4. facing N.E. These positions were held until
                        orders to withdraw were received at 5 a.m. on 3rd December 1917.

                        10. During daylight 2nd December 1917, enemy aeroplanes were
                        very active, flying low over our positions, but there was little
                        enemy artillery activity.

                        11. About 4 p.m. the enemy infantry were observed to be
                concentrating on the N. side of MALLET COPSE and about V.24
                        central. Our S.O.S. was fired by Lieut. CHARLTON and our barrage
                        was promptly put down. The enemy infantry attacked our positions
                        about 4.30 p.m., but were driven off by Lewis Gun and rifle fire,
                        with the assistance of one Vickers gun which had been brought up.

                        12. During this operation Captain ALEXANDER was found to be
                        missing. It is believed that he was caught by a shell while visiting
                        the shell hole posts.

                       13. About 4.15 p.m., during the enemy bombardment, a shell
                       entered Battalion Headquarters in the BELLEVUE PILLBOX, killing
                       Lieut. J. FERRIS (attached T.M.B.), the Artillery Liaison Officer and
                       7 O.R. and wounding Major W.D. SCOTT, D.S.O., M.C., who was in
                       command, Lieut J. McLELLAN, M.C., another T.M.B. Officer and 3 O.R.
                       At 7.30 p.m. Major SCOTT reported at Brigade Headquarters and
                Command of the Battalion was transferred to O.C. 16th
                Northumberland Fusiliers the battalion in Support.
                       Casualties:-

                                 Killed in Action
                        Captain G.L. DAVIDSON, 2nd Lieut. W.R. BENNIE
                        2nd Lieut. J. WHITFIELD, 2nd Lieut. J. FERRIS
                        19 Other Ranks

                                  Wounded in Action
                        Major W.D. SCOTT, D.S.O., M.C., Lieut. C.W. DURWARD
                        Lieut. D. DEWAR, 2nd Lieut. S.M. MURRAY, 2nd Lieut. A. ELDER
                        2nd Lieut. R.G.A. TEMPLE, 2nd Lieut. C.B. GRANT (Died of Wounds)
                        2nd Lieut H.V. JOWETT, 2nd Lieut McLELLAN, M.C.
                        179 Other Ranks

                                 Wounded and Missing
                        Captain J. Alexander (believed killed)
                        4 Other ranks

                                Missing
                        41 Other Ranks
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         DECEMBER 1917

3rd         14. At 5 a.m. O.C., 16th Northumberland Fusiliers ordered the
            Battalion to withdraw to a position about V.29.B.3.4. W. of VIRILE
            FARM. This operation was completed without casualties by 6 a.m.

            15. The Battalion held this position throughout the day and was
            relieved by the 5/6th Royal Scots, and 1st Dorsets during the
            night 3/4th December :-

4th         This relief was completed by 3 a.m. when the Battalion moved to
            IRISH FARM and there entrained at 9 a.m. for BRAKE CAMP,
            arriving there at 11 a.m. Captain A. Fraser in command.
            Strength on coming out of action was :-
            8 Officers and 204 Other Ranks.


            BRAKE CAMP
5th         In Hutments BRAKE CAMP.

6th         In Hutments BRAKE CAMP.

7th         In Hutments BRAKE CAMP.
            The Battalion moved by rail from BRAKE CAMP to
            Camp at IRISH FARM.


            IRISH FARM
8th         In Camp at IRISH FARM.

9th         In Camp at IRISH FARM.

10th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.

11th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.
            1 O.R. Wounded.

12th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.
            3 O.R. Wounded.

13th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.

14th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.

15th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.

16th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.
            Reinforcements of 3 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

17th        In Camp at IRISH FARM.
            The Battalion moved from IRISH FARM to Brigade Reserve
            in HILLTOP FARM.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         DECEMBER 1917
            HILLTOP FARM
18th        In Brigade Reserve at HILLTOP FARM.

19th        In Brigade Reserve at HILLTOP FARM.
            Reinforcements of 32 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

20th        In Brigade Reserve at HILLTOP FARM.
            The Battalion moved from HILLTOP FARM, and relieved the
            2nd K.O.Y.L.I. in the LEFT SUB-SECTOR. Relief complete 10.30 p.m.


            LEFT SUB-SECTOR
21st        In occupation of LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            2 O.R. Wounded.

22nd        In occupation of LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            1 O.R. Wounded.

23rd        In occupation of LEFT SUB-SECTOR.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 1st Dorset Regiment and
            proceeded by rail to Hutments in SIEGE CAMP.
            Relief complete 8.30 p.m.


            SIEGE CAMP
24th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.

25th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.

26th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.

27th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.

28th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.
            Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Field Marshal
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following decoration.

            Distinguished Service Order
            Captain F.F. CARR HARRIS, R.A.M.C. attached 16th H.L.I.

29th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.

30th        In Hutments SIEGE CAMP.
            The Battalion moved from SIEGE CAMP by rail to
            Billets in LOUCHES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                        JANUARY 1918



            LOUCHES
1st         In Billets in LOUCHES.
            The Commander-in-Chief under authority granted by His Majesty
            the King has awarded the following Decorations :-

            Distinguished Service Order
            Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kyle

            The Military Cross
            Captain George Caulfield

            Distinguished Conduct Medal
            No. 14784 Corporal Harry Kirk


2nd         In Billets in LOUCHES.

3rd         In Billets in LOUCHES.

4th         In Billets in LOUCHES.
            The undermentioned Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Captain R.M. Ballantyne
            Lieut. S.M. Lancaster
            2/Lieut. E.W.N. Heddle
            2/Lieut. W.J. Watson
            2/Lieut. T.L. Young
            2/Lieut. W. Murray
            2/Lieut. B. McKinnon
            2/Lieut. A.M. Williamson
            2/Lieut W.H. Reid
            2/Lieut R.M. Hardy

5th         In Billets in LOUCHES.
            Reinforcements of 111 O.R. joined the Battalion on this date.

6th         In Billets in LOUCHES.

7th         In Billets in LOUCHES.

8th         In Billets in LOUCHES.
            Reinforcements of 41 O.R. joined the Battalion on this date.

9th         In Billets in LOUCHES.

10th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

11th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

12th        In Billets in LOUCHES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           JANUARY 1918

13th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

14th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

15th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

16th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

17th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

18th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

19th        In Billets in LOUCHES.

20th        In Billets in LOUCHES.
            The Battalion entrained at AUDRUICQ Railhead and detrained at
            ELVERDINGHE, and proceeded by march route to “P” Camp on
            POPERINGHE - WOESTEN ROAD.


            “P” CAMP
21st        In Hutments in “P” Camp.

22nd        In Hutments in “P” Camp.

23rd        In Hutments in “P” Camp.

24th        In Hutments in “P” Camp.
            Reinforcements of 78 O.R. joined the Battalion this date.

25th        In Hutments in “P” Camp.
            The Battalion moved from “P” Camp to Billets
            at B.3.C.2.6, sheet 28.


            B.3.C.2.6
26th        In Billets in DECORT AREA.
            The Battalion relieved the 1st Bn the Camerons in support
            in HET SAS Right Subsector. Relief complete 6.30 p.m.


            HET SAS
27th        In Support HET SAS Sector.
            The Battalion relieved the 1st Black Watch in the Right Subsector.
            Relief complete.

28th        In occupation of HET SAS Right Subsector.
            Casualties - 2 O.R. Wounded by M.G. fire.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          JANUARY 1918


29th        In occupation of HET SAS Right Subsector.


30th        In occupation of HET SAS Right Subsector.


31st        In occupation of HET SAS Right Subsector.




                                                            Wm. D. SCOTT, Major
                                                        Commanding, 16th High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          FEBRUARY 1918
            HET SAS
1st         In occupation of HET SAS Right Subsector.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 5/6th Royal Scots and moved
            to BABOON CAMP. Relief complete 11.50 p.m.


            BABOON CAMP
2nd         In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.

3rd         In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.
            The undermentioned Officers joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Lieut. J.M. Whyte from 6th H.L.I.
            2/Lieut. F. Middlemiss from 6th H.L.I.
            2/Lieut. J. Templeton from 6th H.L.I.
            2/Lieut. J. Mann from 6th H.L.I.

4th         In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.
            The Battalion relieved the 2nd Manchester Regt. in reserve in
            HET SAS Left Subsector. Relief complete 4 p.m.


            HET SAS
5th         In Brigade Reserve HET SAS, Left Subsector.

6th         In Brigade Reserve HET SAS, Left Subsector.
            The Battalion relieved the 17th High. L.I. in HET SAS Right Support.
            Relief was complete 10.30 p.m.

7th         In Brigade Support HET SAS, Right Subsector.
            The Battalion was relieved by 16th Lancashire Fusiliers
            and 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and moved into Brigade Reserve.
            Relief was complete 12.30 a.m.

8th         In Brigade Reserve HET SAS, Right Subsector.
            The Battalion relieved the 11th Border Regiment in HET SAS
            Sector Left Subsector. Relief complete 8.30 p.m.

9th         In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.

10th        In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.
            The undermentioned Officers from 17th High. L.I.
            joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Major G.R. Paterson, M.C., Captain T. Catto, Lieut. R.M. Wilson,
            2/Lieuts. R.W. Thomson, A.D. Sinclair, J.R. Mowat, J.D.T. Brown,
            J.H.C. Sheeran, J.W.M. Paterson, R. Baird, D. Kiddie.
            Reinforcements of 150 O.R. for 17th H.L.I.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded (Died of Wounds)

11th        In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.

12th        In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Missing.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          FEBRUARY 1918

13th        In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.
            Reinforcements 4 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

14th        In occupation of HET SAS Sector, Left Subsector.
            The Battalion was relieved by 2nd K.O.Y.L.I. and proceeded
            to Brigade Reserve. Relief complete 9.30 p.m.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded.

15th        In occupation of HET SAS. Brigade Support.

16th        In Brigade Support HET SAS.

17th        In Brigade Support HET SAS.

18th        In Brigade Support HET SAS.

19th        In Brigade Support HET SAS.
            The Battalion was relieved by the 15th High. L.I. and moved
            to Hutments in BABOON CAMP. Relief complete 8.10 p.m.


            BABOON CAMP
20th        In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.
            At 12 noon the 16th Highland Light Infantry was transferred from
            the 97th Infantry Brigade and posted as Divisional Pioneer Battalion.
            The reorganisation of Infantry Divisions which was undertaken at
            this time involved among other changes the selection of one infantry
            Battalion in each Division for use as technical troops (Pioneers)
            under the CRE. The 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was
            selected to hold this place in the 32nd Division by reason of the
            uniformly high standard of working and fighting which it had attained
            during 27 months on the Western Front.

21st        In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.
            Reinforcements of 40 O.R. joined Battalion on this date.

22nd        In Hutments, BABOON CAMP.
            Battalion Headquarters moved to CANAL BANK.
            The reorganisation of the Battalion as a Pioneer Battalion of
            3 Companies was completed this day.
            Officers were posted as under :-

            HEADQUARTERS
            Lieut.-Colonel             R.                Kyle, D.S.O.
            Major                      Wm. D.            Scott, D.S.O., M.C.
            Captain & Adjutant         A.                Macfarlane
            Captain & Q.M.             R.                Simpson
            2/Lieutenant               O.C.W.            Peterson
          16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                  “A” COMPANY
                  Captain                   F.W.              Reid
                  Captain                   H.T.              Martin
                  Captain                   T.L.              Craven
                  2/Lieutenant              W.                Gray
                  2/Lieutenant              D.V.              Charlton
                  2/Lieutenant              J.L.              Young, D.C.M., M.M.
                  2/Lieutenant              J.                Templeton
                  2/Lieutenant              J.                McLellan, M.C.
                  2/Lieutenant              R.                Kay
                  2/Lieutenant              R.M.              Hardy
                  2/Lieutenant              J.P.              Mitchell
                  2/Lieutenant              M.J.              McInnes
                  2/Lieutenant              F.                Middlemiss
                  2/Lieutenant              J.                Thomson
                  2/Lieutenant              J.R.              Mowat

                  “B” COMPANY
                  Captain                   A.                Fraser
                  Captain                   T.                Catto
                  Lieutenant                S.M.              Roberts
                  Lieutenant                J.                Miller
                  2/Lieutenant              R.                Baird
                  2/Lieutenant              D.                Macfeat
                  2/Lieutenant              A.M.              Williamson
                  2/Lieutenant              B.                McKinnon
                  2/Lieutenant              A.D.              Sinclair
                  2/Lieutenant              W.                Murray
                  2/Lieutenant              A.D.              Gowans
                  2/Lieutenant              R.M.              Wilson
                  2/Lieutenant              R.W.L.            Thomson
                  2/Lieutenant              D.                Kiddie

                  “C” COMPANY
                  Major                     G.R.S.            Paterson, M.C.
                  Captain                   W.E.              Garrett Fisher
                  A/Captain                 F.C.              Harris
                  Captain                   R.D.              Ballantyne
                  Lieutenant                S.M.              Lancaster
                  2/Lieutenant              J.H.C.            Sheeran
                  Lieutenant                J.M.              White
                  2/Lieutenant              J.                Mann
                  2/Lieutenant              W.                Fingland
                  2/Lieutenant              J.W.              Watson
                  2/Lieutenant              W.H.              Reid
                  2/Lieutenant              J.D.T.            Brown
                  2/Lieutenant              A.G.              Clark
                  2/Lieutenant              E.W.N.            Heddle
                  2/Lieutenant              I.H.              Smith
                  2/Lieutenant              R.B.              Robertson
                  2/Lieutenant              H.H.              Edie
                  Lieutenant                R.B.              Stewart

                  Captain                   F.F.              Carr Harris, D.S.O.
                                                              Medical Officer

The new position and duties of the Battalion were accepted with enthusiasm by all ranks.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         FEBRUARY 1918
23rd        In BABOON CAMP and CANAL BANK.


24th        In BABOON CAMP and CANAL BANK.


25th        In BABOON CAMP and CANAL BANK.


26th        In BABOON CAMP and CANAL BANK.
            The Battalion moved to BOESINGHE CAMP.



            BOESINGHE
27th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.


28th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Under authority granted by His Majesty the King of the Belgians
            the Commander-in-Chief has awarded the following Decorations :-

            CROIX DE GUERRE
            No. 40505    Sergeant James Robertson
            No. 3475     Private Patrick Connachan
            No. 33120    Private William Chapple




                                                           R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                            Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             MARCH 1918
            BOESINGHE
1st         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

2nd         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

3rd         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

4th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

5th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

6th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

7th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

8th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

9th         In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

10th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.

11th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp.
            Casualties - Killed 1 O.R. and 4 Horses, Wounded - 1 O.R.

12th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp, no casualties.

13th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp.
            Casualties - Wounded - 2 O.R.

14th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp, no casualties.

15th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp, no casualties.

16th        In Hutments BOESINGHE CAMP.
            Intermittent shelling of Camp, no casualties.

17th        In Hutments BOESINGHE.

18th        In Hutments BOESINGHE.
            2nd Lieut. H.O. McKenzie joined the Battalion from 6th Bn H.L.I.

19th        In Hutments BOESINGHE.

20th        In Hutments BOESINGHE.
            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R. (Gas)

21st        In Hutments BOESINGHE.
            Battalion Headquarters moved to PIONEER CAMP which had been
            built by the Battalion in its leisure time during the Month.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            MARCH 1918
22nd        In Hutments “PIONEER CAMP”, BOESINGHE.
            BOESINGHE CAMP shelled.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

23rd        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.


24th        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.


25th        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.


26th        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.


27th        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.


28th        In PIONEER CAMP, BOESINGHE.
            Moved from BOESINGHE CAMP to PESELHOEK STATION where
            the Battalion entrained for TINCQUES. Marched from TINCQUES
            to Billets in BEAUFORT.


            BEAUFORT
29th        In Billets BEAUFORT.


30th        In Billets BEAUFORT.
            The Battalion marched to Billets in GAUDIEMPRE en route
            for Front Line. The Battalion now being attached to
            96th Infantry Brigade as a fighting Unit.

31st        In Billets BEAUFORT.
            The Battalion moved to Brigade Reserve (96th Infantry Brigade)
            at line at DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE.




                                                            R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                       Commanding 16th Bn. High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              APRIL 1918
            DOUCHY-LES AYETTE
1st         In Reserve to 96th Infantry Brigade at Sunken Road near
            DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE.
            Casualties - Killed 1 O.R., Wounded - 2 O.R.

2nd         In Reserve to 96th Infantry Brigade.
            The Battalion resumed duties as Division Pioneers and moved to
            Divisional Reserve, and was quartered in trenches in Corps Reserve
            Line in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS and ADINFER WOOD.
            The Battalion was employed in building shelters in these trenches
            and constructing and improving trenches in Divisional reserve line,
            and in making Stroing Points in ADINFER WOOD.


            CORPS RESERVE LINE
3rd         In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.
            The Corps Commander under authority of the Field Marshal
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decoration
            for Gallantry and Devotion to duty in the Field.

            The Military Medal
            No. 41007 Pte (A/Corpl) A. Colvin, attached 97th T.M. Battery.

            Casualties - Killed 1 O.R. (Accidentally).


4th         In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 7 O.R.


5th         In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.

6th         In Divisional Reserve.

7th         In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

8th         In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Killed 2 O.R., Wounded 3 O.R.

9th         In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Killed 6 O.R., Wounded 1 O.R.

10th        In Divisional Reserve.

11th        In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.
            Casualties - Wounded 5 O.R.

12th        In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.
            Casualties - Wounded 10 O.R.

13th        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 3 O.R.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              APRIL 1918
14th        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 3 O.R.

15th        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualty - Wounded 1 O.R.

16th        In Divisional Reserve.
            The Corps Commander under authority granted by the Field Marshal,
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decorations for
            Gallantry and Devotion to Duty in the Field.

            The Military Medal
            No. 9997         Sergt. J. Bothwell
            No. 14543        Pte J. Taylor


17th        In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.
            Casualties - Wounded 3 O.R.

18th        In Divisional Reserve.

19th        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 3 O.R.

20th        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

21st        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

22nd        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

23rd        In Divisional Reserve.
            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R.

24th        In Divisional Reserve in vicinity of MONCHY-AU-BOIS.
            The Corps Commander under authority granted by the Field Marshal,
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decoration for
            Gallantry and Devotion to Duty in the Field.

            The Military Medal
            No. 14396        Pte G.G. Ross

            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.


25th        In Divisional Reserve.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             APRIL 1918
26th        In Divisional Reserve.
            The Battalion moved in motor lorries to Camp at FOSSEUX, the
            Division being transferred to Third Army Reserve.
            Headquarters Officers were accommodated in Billets A1, A2,
            A3 and A6 in the village, the remainder of the Battalion being
            in Adriars and Nissen huts at P.16. central, Sheet 51.c.


            FOSSEUX
27th        In Hutments and Billets in FOSSEUX.
            The Battalion paraded at 12 noon for inspection by the
            Commanding Officer. Major General C.D. Shute, C.B., C.M.G.,
            this day gave up command of the 32nd Division on promotion to
            Command V Corps. He called to take leave of the Commanding
            Officer, and complimented him on the appearance and achievements
            of the Battalion. “You have always been one of the best Battalions
            in the Division” he said, “But as Pioneers you are absolutely at
            the top of the tree.” The following order was afterwards received
            from him :-

            To all ranks 32nd Division
            Good-bye and good luck to the 32nd Division. I cannot tell you how I
            hate leaving you with whom I have been so long and who have fought
            so splendidly. You have always played up and have never been
            downhearted and I want you all to know how great my admiration
            for you is. My promotion is due entirely to your work and your
            gallantry. Again I congratulate you and thank you,

                                               (Signed) C.D. SHUTE
                                               Major-General
                                               27th April 1918


28th        In Billets and Hutments in FOSSEUX.
            Church Parade was held at 12 noon this day.
            Officiating clergyman - The Rev., J. MacHardy, C.F.
            The C.R.E. inspected the Battalion and complimented them on the
            excellent work they had done during the last 28 days in the
            Reserve line.

29th        In Billets and Hutments in FOSSEUX.
            Training Programme commenced. Parades 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
            Recreational Training in the afternoon.

30th        In Billets and Hutments in FOSSEUX.
            Training Programme continued.




                                                            R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel
                                             Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry
                                                                    30th April 1918
      16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              MAY 1918

           FOSSEUX
1st        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           Training continued. The new Divisional Commander,
           Major General J. CAMPBELL, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., visited the
           Battalion this day, and expressed himself as greatly pleased
           with the type and general appearance of the men.
           Orders were received that in the event of immediate operations
           the Battalion should be prepared to move to LA CAUCHIE on
           receipt of orders from Division.
           A present was received from the Corporation of the City
           of Glasgow consisting of equipment to complete a full Pipe Band
           for the Battalion, Pipes, Drums, Dirks, Sporrans and Uniforms.
           A concert was given by “C” Company at 7 p.m.

2nd        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           The Battalion had a Route March this day at 9 a.m.
           Route : FOSSEUX - BAVINCOURT - GOUY - FOSSEUX.
           When passing GOUY the Battalion was inspected by the VI Corps
           Commander Lieut.-General Sir AYLMER HALDANE.
           The following communication was received later from
           G.S.O. 1 Division :-

           “I am directed to inform you that the Corps Commander was
           greatly pleased with the good turn out and smart bearing of the
           16th Highland Light Infantry (Pioneers) today.”


3rd        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           Training continued.


4th        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           Training continued.


5th        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           Training continued.
           Church Parade at 9.30 a.m. in Concert Hut, the morning being wet.
           Officiating clergyman Rev. A. McHARDY, C.F.
           Major G.R.S. Paterson, M.C. and Lieut. T. Catto posted to
           2nd High. L.I. on this date.

6th        In Billets in FOSSEUX.
           The Battalion moved from FOSSEUX to BLAIREVILLE,
           “A” Company to RANSART. Working under VI Corps.
           The Chief Engineer addressed Officers of the Battalion, and
           accompanied by the C.O. and 2 Officers per Company started
           taping out a new switch between HENDECOURT and AYETTE.


           BLAIREVILLE
7th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
           Battalion started work on new switch and made satisfactory
                                              progress.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                               MAY 1918
8th         In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Work in new switch continued.

9th         In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            2nd Lieut. J.L. Young, D.C.M., M.M., joined Battalion from
            R.E. School ROUEN. Work on new switch continued.

10th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Chief Engineer VI Corps and C.O. 10th D.C.L.I. 2nd Division
            (Pioneers) visited C.O. re their taking over our work on the
            12th inst., our Division coming into the line then to relieve
            the 2nd Division.
            The Battalion was visited by Major General BRIDGEWOOD who
            assumed command of the Division vice Major General CAMPBELL.
            Reinforcements joined Battalion - 1 O.R.

11th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The work on the new switch being carried out under direction
            of Brig. General HARVEY, Chief Engineer, VI Corps was handed
            over to 10th Bn D.C.L.I. (Pioneers).
            The Battalion this day started work in the Division area under
            the direction of C.R.E., 32nd Division.

12th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded.

13th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Lieut.-Colonel R. Kyle, D.S.O. proceeded to a Conference at
            Third Army School on this date.
            Major W.D. Scott, D.S.O., M.C. assumed command of the Battalion.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded.

14th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded.

15th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.

16th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Captain R.D. Ballantyne and Lieut. J. Thomson returned from hospital.
            Captain R.D. Ballantyne joined the Divisional Depot Battalion and took
            over command of “D” Company.

17th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - 1 O.R. Wounded.

18th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.

19th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.

20th        In Billets in BLAIREVILLE. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Owing to heavy hostile shelling Headquarters and “B”
            and “C” Companies had to move from BLAIREVILLE to
            trenches West of village at point X.3.C.9.4., where
            Headquarters were constructed.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                               MAY 1918
            X.3.C.9.4.
21st        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            An attack being considered imminent the Battalion occupied
            the Battle Positions in the HAMEAU FARM locality at 2 p.m.
            As no attack developed the Battalion returned to trenches
            at X.3.C.9.4. at 5 a.m.

22nd        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The Pipe Band performed at 2nd Bn. High. L.I. Sports on the
            afternoon of 22nd May.
            Casualties - 2nd Lieut. R. BAIRD and 3 O.R. Wounded.

23rd        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - Wounded 1 O.R.

24th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

25th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

26th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Lieut. H.N. TAYLOR rejoined the Battalion from tour of duty
            in the United Kingdom.
            Casualties - Killed 2 O.R., Wounded 5 O.R.

27th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Lieut.-Colonel R. KYLE, D.S.O. returned from Conference at
            Third Army School on this date.

28th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following extracts of those specially mentioned in
            Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches of 7th April appeared in
            the London Gazette of 21st May :-
            Captain & Q.M. R. Simpson, No. 14227 Lcpl E. McEwen

            2nd Lieut. A.D. Sinclair transferred to R.A.F. in United Kingdom.

            No. 14637 R.Q.M. Sgt I. Faichney left for United Kingdom,
            to attend a Quartermaster’s Course at ALDERSHOT.

29th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

30th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Captain T.L. Craven and Lieut. M.L. McInnes joined the Battalion
            from 97th Pioneer Coy.
            Lieut. H.H. Edie joined the Battalion from Divisional employ and
            assumed command of “B” Company vice Captain A Fraser,
            wounded in action.
            Casualties - Lieut (A/Capt) A. Fraser wounded in action.

31st        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Captain F.W. Reid proceeded to Third Army School as instructor.
            Captain T.L. Craven assumed command of “A” Company, vice
            Captain F.W. Reid to Third Army School.

                                                              R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                               Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry

                              JUNE 1918
            X.3.C.9.4.
1st         In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

2nd         In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following letter was received from
            Lt.-Col. J.R.B. Robinson, D.S.O., A.A. & Q.M.G., 32nd Division :-
      16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



           My Dear Kyle,
                             I have been asked to thank you for the performance
           of your Pipe Band at the Canadian Sports the other day. Everybody
           was highly delighted with their playing especially some American
           Officers who were present and who had never heard the Pipes before.

                                               Yours sincerely,
                                      (Signed) J.P.B. Robinson.

3rd        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
           “A” Company in RANSART.
           Casualty - 1 O.R. Wounded.

4th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
           The following Decorations have been granted by
           His Majesty the King :-

           The Military Cross
           Temp. Captain W.E. Garrett Fisher
           Temp. Captain A. Macfarlane

           Casualties - Wounded 6 O.R.

           Brigadier General F. Lumsden, V.C., C.B., D.S.O., Killed in Action
           was buried at BERLES-AU-BOIS on this date. The Pipe Band was
           present at the funeral. At the request of the Division the Battalion
           constructed a Celtic Cross and placed it on the grave.

5th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

6th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
           “A” Company in RANSART.
           The trenches occupied by “B” Company were heavily shelled
           by 4.2’s between 8.30 and 11 a.m.
           Casualties - 6 O.R. Wounded.

7th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
           Pipe Band proceeded to Third Army School, FORT MAHON.
           Lieut. O.C.W. Peterson rejoined the Battalion from
           Third Army Musketry School, FORT MAHON.
           Lieut. R.M. Wilson transferred to United Kingdom to
           complete Medical Studies.

8th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JUNE 1918
9th         In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualty - 1 O.R. Killed.
            2nd Lieut. W.H. Reid from Third Army School.
            2nd Lieut. J.P. Mitchell to VI Corps Gas School.

10th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

11th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The Billets of the Battalion were inspected by the Divisional
            Commander, Major General G.S. Lambert, C.B., D.S.O.
            He made a very minute inspection of the Officers’ and Mens’
            billets and expressed himself well pleased with their condition.

12th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

13th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

14th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualty - 1 O.R. Wounded.

15th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - 2 O.R. Wounded.

16th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

17th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following Decorations have been awarded by His Majesty
            the King :-

            The Meritorious Service Medal
            No. 14263        C.S.M. William Rigby
            No. 14119        Sergt    Malcolm Beaton

            2nd Lieut. J.P. Mitchell from VI Corps Gas School.

18th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

19th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Under orders from 32nd Division the Battalion carried out a practice
            occupation of its Battle Positions in the HAMEAU Defences.
            The whole Battalion was in position by 10.30 p.m.
            The G.O.C., 97th Infantry Brigade went round the dispositions with
            the Commanding Officer, and expressed himself as being greatly
            pleased with the quiet and expeditious way in which the practice
            had been carried out, and also the efficient manner in which the
            Defences were manned. Each company was dismissed by the G.O.C.
            as he completed inspecting it: the last company and Headquarters
            leaving at 12.10 a.m., 20th June 1918 for Billets.
            Casualties - 3 O.R. Wounded.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JUNE 1918
20th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualty - Wounded 1 O.R.

21st        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. West of BLAIREVILLE.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualty - Wounded 1 O.R.

22nd        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R.

23rd        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.

24th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following letter was received from the Division :-

            The Divisional Commander inspected the work carried out
            last night on the NEW RED line by the 16th H.L.I. (Pioneers).
            He directs me to inform you that he was much pleased with
            the progress made in one night and trusts that the 16th H.L.I.
            (Pioneers) will maintain this good standard of work.
                               (Signed)          A.E. MacNamara, Lt.-Col
                                                 G.S. 32nd Division.

            The undermentioned Officers proceeded to VI Corps School :-
            2nd Lieuts. M.E. McInnes, E.W.N. Heddle, J. Mann

            Casualties - Wounded 2 O.R.

25th        In trenches at X.3.C.9.4. “A” Company in RANSART.
            Under orders from the Division the Battalion moved from trenches
            at X.3.C.9.4. to SUNKEN ROAD at X.8.a.8.9.
            The following Officer joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Captain F.G. Stephen, M.C.

            Major W.D. Scott, D.S.O., M.C., proceeded on leave on this date.

            The Pipe Band returned from Third Army School.


            X.8.a.8.9.
26th        In Sunken Road at X.8.a.8.9. N.E. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            The Corps Commander under authority of the Field Marshal
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decorations :-

            The Military Medal
            No. 40174        Private            Angus Kennedy
            No. 42231        Private            John Mackie
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JUNE 1918
27th        In Sunken Road at X.8.a.8.9. N.E. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following letter was received from Division :-

            The Divisional Commander wishes you to express to the Officers
            and Other Ranks employed on the construction of the New Main
            Line of Resistance Trench his satisfaction at the manner in which
            the work has been carried out. The rapidity with which this
            trench has been constructed shows good organisation on the part
            of the Officers in charge and intelligence and hard work on the
            part of all ranks employed, which reflects great credit on their units.
                                        (Signed)          A.E. McNamara, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                          General Staff 32nd Division.


28th        In Sunken Road at X.8.a.8.9. N.E. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

29th        In Sunken Road at X.8.a.8.9. N.E. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            The following letter was received from the Division :-

            The Corps Commander visited the New Line of Resistance
            throughout its length to FACTOR Y Trench locality. He has
            directed that all ranks concerned should be informed of his
            satisfaction of what he saw, especially the good work done
            on the new Line of Resistance.
            The Divisional Commander relies on all ranks maintaining the
            same high standard of work for the remainder of the time in
            the line, handing over Defences in as good condition as possible
            to the Guards Division.
                                (Signed)        A.E. McNamara, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                                General Staff, 32nd Division.

            The undermentioned Officers proceeded to the Third Army
            School on this date :-
            Lieut. S.M. Roberts, 2nd Lieut. W. Fingland

            2nd Lieut. R.M. Hardy, Captain F.G. Stephen, M.C. to 15th H.L.I.

30th        In Sunken Road at X.8.a.8.9. N.E. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            The undermentioned Officer joined the Battalion on this date :-
            Lieut. H.A. Agnew from 15th H.L.I.




                                                             R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                              Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry.
                                                                      30th June 1918
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              JULY 1918

            X.8.a.8.9.
1st         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART. Sheet 51.C.
            “A” Company in RANSART.


            X.8.a.5.9.
2nd         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.


3rd         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

4th         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

5th         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.

6th         In Sunken Road at X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART.
            “A” Company in RANSART.
            The Battalion moved from X.8.a.5.9. N.W. of RANSART to Billets
            in WARLUZEL on relief by 4th Bn Coldstream Guards (Pioneers).


            WARLUZEL
7th         In Billets in WARLUZEL.

8th         In Billets in WARLUZEL.
            Training was commenced to-day.

9th         In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

10th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.
            The following letter was received from 32nd Division :-

            The Divisional Commander has been asked by the Corps Commander
            at the request of the G.O.C. Guards Division to express to all units
            his appreciation of the manner in which the lines were handed over
            to the Guards Division at the recent relief, both as regards the work
            which had been done on the new defences, and in respect to the great
            cleanliness of the line.
                               (Signed)          A.E. McNamara, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                                 General Staff, 32nd Division.

11th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.




                              JULY 1918
12th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.
            On this day the Battalion received a Test “Turn Out” from Division
            at 6.17 p.m.
            Message sent to companies by runner 6.20 p.m.
            Companies were at Rendezvous as follows :-
            1st Company       -         6.55 p.m.
            2nd Company       -         7.04 p.m.
            3rd Company       -         7.15 p.m.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



            The Battalion was ready with the 1st Line transport to march off in
            Battle Order at 7.15 p.m.
            The Battalion was under orders to move in 3 hours notice.

13th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

14th        In Billets in WARLUZEL.
            Lieut. General Sir Aylmer Haldane, K.C.B., D.S.O., Commanding
            VI Corps presented Military Crosses and Military Medal Ribbons
            to Officers and Other Ranks of the 32nd Division. He addressed
            the troops, 100 men from each Battalion being present. In the
            course of his remarks he stated that he was very proud to have
            32nd Division under his Command. It was a fine Division and had
            done well during the two months just completed in the line. He was
            specially pleased with the magnificent work done on the defences
             by the Pioneer Bn. and other Battalions and other units of the
            Division. The troops then marched past the Corps Commander in
            Column of Route.
            While the Commanding Officer was waiting on the main road the
            Corps Commander stopped his car and called on the C.O. He
            personally congratulated him on the extraordinary good work
            done by the Battalion and stated that the 16th H.L.I. was the finest
            unit on parade today.

15th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

16th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

17th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

18th        In Billets in WARLUZEL. Training continued.

19th        In Billets in WARLUZEL.
            The Division having been transferred to II Corps Second Army,
            the Battalion moved from WARLUZEL by motor omnibuses to
            DOULLENS railhead, thence by tactical train to MEICHEN CAMP
            F.13.a.3.5., sheet 27, near PROVEN.


            MEICHEN CAMP
20th        In Corps Reserve in MEICHEN CAMP.

21st        In Corps Reserve in MEICHEN CAMP.
            The Battalion constructed part of a Light Railway between
            POSSELHOEK and WATOU.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             JULY 1918
22nd        In MEICHEN CAMP F.13.a.3.5.
            At work on Light Railway construction between
            POSSELHOEK and WATOU.

23rd        In Corps Reserve MEICHEN CAMP.
            At Light Railway work construction.

24th        In Corps Reserve MEICHEN CAMP.
            At Light Railway work construction.

25th        In Corps Reserve MEICHEN CAMP.
            The Battalion moved from MEICHEN CAMP to ROYKENS AKKER
            R.3.d.8.9. Sheet 27, to come under orders of XIX Corps for work.


            ROYKENS AKKER
26th        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work constructing Plank roads for Ammunition supply between
            WESTOUTRE and REMINGHELST.


27th        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work constructing Plank roads for Ammunition supply.
            Constructing Foreway between ZEVECOTEN and DE BEER CABARET.


28th        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work constructing Plank roads for Ammunition supply.
            Constructing Foreway between ZEVECOTEN and DE BEER CABARET.


29th        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work on Plank road and Foreway construction.



30th        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work on Plank road and Foreway construction.


31st        In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER R.3.d.8.9.
            At work on Plank road and Foreway construction.




                                                                 R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                                              Commanding 16th High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           AUGUST 1918
            ROYKENS AKKER
1st         In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER near BOESHOEPE.
            The Battalion came under orders of Chief Engineer
            XIX Corps and was employed on making roads and
            foreways in MONT KEMMEL Sector.


2nd         In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER.
            Employed on roads and foreways.

3rd         In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER.
            Employed on roads and foreways.

4th         In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER.
            Employed on roads and foreways.

5th         In Billets in ROYKENS AKKER.
            The Battalion moved from ROYKENS AKKER to Hutments
            (SCOUT CAMP) near PROVEN.


            SCOUT CAMP NEAR PROVEN
6th         In Hutments in SCOUT CAMP (Near PROVEN).
            H.M. The King inspected detachments of the Divisions at
            HOSPOITAL CAMP near POPERINGHE on this date.

7th         In Hutments in SCOUT CAMP (Near PROVEN).
            The Battalion entrained at PROVEN STATION at 6.10 p.m.


            LONGPRE
8th         The Battalion detrained at LONGPRE STATION at 5 a.m. and
            bivouacked in a field near the station.
            The Battalion moved at 3 p.m. by Bus and March route and
            bivouacked near DONART-SUR- LA-LUCE.
            The 32nd Division came under orders of G.O.C. CANADIAN CORPS.


            DONART-SUR-LA-LUCE
9th         In Bivouacs near DONART-SUR-LA-LUCE.
            The Battalion moved at 3 p.m. and bivouacked near BEAUCOURT.
            The 32nd Division relieved the 3rd Canadian Division in the line
            on night of 9/10th August.


            BEAUCORT
10th        In Bivouacks near BEAUCOURT.
            The Battalion moved at 4.30 p.m. and bivouacked near LE QUESNEL.
            The Division took part in the General Advance on this date.
            16th H.L.I. in Divisional Reserve.




                           AUGUST 1918
            LE QUESNEL
11th        In Bivouacks near LE QUESNEL.
            The Advance was continued by the Division.
            The 32nd Division was relieved on night of 11/12th August by
            the 2nd Canadian Division.

12th        In Bivouacks near LE QUESNEL.
            The Battalion moved at 7 a.m. and bivouacked near CAYEUX.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




            CAYEUX
13th        In Bivouacks near CAYEUX.
            The Battalion was attached to 97th Infantry Brigade Group and
            marched at 2 p.m. to bivouacs to BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.


            BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.
14th        In Bivouacs in BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.


15th        In Bivouacs in BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.

16th        In Bivouacs in BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.
            Lieut.-Colonel R. KYLE, D.S.O. proceeded on leave.
            Major W.D. Scott, D.S.O, M.C. assumed command of the Battalion.

17th        In Bivouacs in BERTEAUCOURT-SUR-LA-LUCE.
            The Battalion moved with 97th Brigade Group by Bus and March route
            to MARFUSEE-ABANCOURT and relieved 2nd Australian Pioneer
            Battalion.
            32nd Division came under orders of G.O.C. Australian Corps.



            WARFUSEE-ABANCOURT
18th        In Bivouacs in MARFUSEE-ABANCOURT.


19th        In Bivouacs in MARFUSEE-ABANCOURT.
            Lieut. T. Robertson from 4th H.L.I. joined Battalion.

20th        In Bivouacs in MARFUSEE-ABANCOURT.
            The Battalion moved to bivouacs near HARBONNIERES.



            HARBONNIERES
21st        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            The Battalion worked under orders of C.R.E. on trenches and
            wire in Forward area.
            Wounded - 1 O.R.

22nd        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            Wounded - 5 O.R.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           AUGUST 1918
23rd        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            Wounded - 6 O.R.

24th        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            The 32nd Division attacked successfully with Australian Corps
            on this date. “A” Company 16th H.L.I. at disposal of G.O.C.
            97th Infantry Brigade and “C” Company at disposal of G.O.C.
            96th Brigade for consolidation and making strong points.
            Wounded - 1 O.R.

25th        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            The Battalion worked under orders of C.R.E. on trenches and
            wire in Forward area.
            Wounded - 2 O.R.

26th        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            At work on trenches and wire in Forward area.

27th        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            The 32nd Division continued the advance towards the SOMME.
            The Battalion worked under C.R.E. on repairing roads and making
            tracks for Horse and Motor traffic.

28th        In Bivouacs in HARBONNIERES.
            The Battalion moved at 4.30 p.m. and
            bivouacked near FRAMERVILLE.


            FRAMERVILLE
29th        In Bivouacs in FRAMERVILLE.
            The Battalion moved at 8.30 a.m. to OLD GERMAN CAMP and trenches
            at STARRY WOOD S.8.c. Sheet 66 (near VERMANDOVILLERS).
            The Battalion moved at 1.30 p.m. and bivouacked near ABLAINCOURT.


            ABLAINCOURT
30th        In Bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
            The Battalion worked under orders of C.R.E. on roads
            in the forward area.

31st        In Bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
            The Battalion worked on roads in the forward area, between
            ABLAINCOURT and SOMME.




                                                                Wm. D. SCOTT, Major,
                                                            Commanding 16th High. L.I.
                                                                    31st August 1918
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           SEPTEMBER 1918
              ABLAINCOURT
1st           In bivouacs at S.18.c. Sheet 62.c near ABLAINCOURT.
              The Battalion was employed repairing and improving the roads
              Eastwards in the Divisional area.

2nd           In bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
              Work on repairing and improving roads continued.

3rd           In bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
              Work on roads continued.

4th           In bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
              Work on roads continued.

5th           In bivouacs near ABLAINCOURT.
              The Battalion moved to trench system near MISERY on the
              left bank of the River SOMME.
              The Division crossed the SOMME and attacked the enemy on the
              East side. The Battalion assisted in erecting bridges across the
              SOMME at ST. CHRIST and BRIE.

              MISERY
6th           In bivouacs at V.31.c. Sheet 62.c near MISERY.
              The Battalion was employed roads East of the River SOMME.
              The following is an extract of a letter received from Division :-

             The Divisional Commander congratulates the 14th and 97th Brigade
             Groups on the excellent work done yesterday. The surprise of the
      enemy opposite ETERPIGNY showed splendid initiative by 15th H.L.I.
             The turning movements to encircle and clear BRIE and ST. CHRISTIE
             and the crossing of the party of K.O.Y.L.I. opposite GIZANCOURT
             were admirably carried out. The manner in which troops pushed on
             to the GREEN line and the work of the Artillery were first class.
             The repair of the minor crossings and especially of the BRIE and
             ST. CHRIST bridges reflects the greatest credit on R.E. Companies
             and 16th H.L.I. Information of positions reached and of the situation
             was quickly and accurately transmitted.

7th           In bivouacs near MISERY.
              The Battalion moved from MISERY to bivouacs near DEVISE.
              At work on roads East of DEVISE.

              DEVISE
8th           In bivouacs at V.8.d.25.65. Sheet 62.c. near DEVISE.
              The Battalion moved and bivouacked near TERTRY.
              At work on roads East of TERTRY.
              The following letter was received from C.R.E., 32nd Division :-

              I have received, through the Chief Engineer, Fourth Army, the
              following message from Engineer in Chief British Armies in France :-
              “General HEATH wishes to congratulate you upon the speed which the
              bridges at BRIE and PERONNE have been pushed on”.
              In forwarding this message to me the Chief Engineer, Fourth Army,
              asks me to convey it to all concerned to whom the credit is really due.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            SEPTEMBER 1918
               TERTRY
9th            In bivouacs near TERTRY W.8.b.65.35. Sheet 62.c.
               At work on roads East of TERTRY.

10th           In bivouacs near TERTRY.
               At work on roads East of TERTRY.

11th           In bivouacs near TERTRY.
               At work on roads East of TERTRY.
               The Division left the Australion Corps and came under
               orders of G.O.C. IX Corps.

10th         In bivouacs near TERTRY.
             The Battalion moved by Motor Omnibus to Billets in VILLERS
       BRETTONEUX. Headquarters in Billet No. 92, RUE DE MAIRIE.
             The following letter from Division was received
             from G.O.C. Australian Corps :-

               My Dear General,
                                  As your Division is now passed out of my
               Command, I want to send you a few lines to express to you
               and to your troops my sincere thanks for their splendid
               co-operation with this Corps during the period that I have
               had the honour of having them with us. No Commander could
               have received more loyal, more energetic and more efficient
               service. Your capture of HERLEVILLE and its environs, your
               energetic drive which hustled the enemy out of the bend of
               the SOMME, your forcing of the Crossing at BRIE and ST.
               CHRIST by clever out-flanking tactics and your unremitting
               pursuit of the enemy to and through HOLNON WOOD were all
               feats of arms of which your Division can be justly proud.
               I should like you also to accept and convey to all ranks an
               expression of the pride and pleasure which it has been to
               the Australian Troops to be so closely associated with such
               a gallant Division of the Motherland.
               Wishing you and your Staff and the 32nd Division continued
               success.
                                           Your Very Sincerely,
                         (Signed) JOHN MONASH
                                           Lieut. General,
                                           Commanding, Australian Corps.




                            SEPTEMBER 1918

               VILLERS BRETTONEUX
13th           In billets in VILLERS BRETTONEUX.
               The following letter was received from Division :-

               The Divisional Commander desires to congratulate and thank all
               ranks on the completion of the work which has been carried to
               such success during the past month. Since the 7th August the
               Division has been engaged in continuous movement and in operations
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                which will be always remembered with pride by those who took part
       in them and which have had a large share towards bringing the War to
                a successful conclusion. It has fought successful battles it has
                advanced more than 20 miles in the face of the enemy, and it has
                forced the passage of the SOMME.

14th           In billets in VILLERS BRETTONEUX.

15th           In billets in VILLERS BRETTONEUX.

16th           In billets in VILLERS BRETTONEUX.

17th           In billets in VILLERS BRETTONEUX.
               The Battalion moved by Motors to Hutments in V.3.a., Sheet 62.c.
               Near ATHIES.


               ATHIES
18th           In Hutments in V.3.a near ATHIES.

19th           In Hutments near ATHIES.

20th           In Hutments near ATHIES.

21st           In Hutments near ATHIES.

22nd           In Hutments near ATHIES.

23rd           In Hutments near ATHIES.
               The Battalion moved from ATHIES to
               bivouacs in W.1.b.9.0 near TERTRY.


               TERTRY
24th           In Hutments near TERTRY.

25th           In bivouacs in W.1.b.9.0 near TERTRY.

26th           In bivouacs near TERTRY.

27th           In bivouacs near TERTRY.

28th           In bivouacs near TERTRY.
               The Battalion moved to bivouacs in R.16.a.3.1
               Sheet THORIGNY near VERMAND.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                        SEPTEMBER 1918
            VERMAND
29th        In bivouacs near VERMAND.
            The 46th Division crossed the ST. QUENTIN CANAL and captured
            the HINDENBURG Line, advancing to their objective (Green Line)
            East of LEHAUCOURT and MAGNY-LA-FOSSE.
            The 32nd Division then passed through the 46th Division and
            advanced to their objective (Red Line) East of LE TRONQUOY -
            LEVERGIES - West of CHATAIGNIES Wood. Map Sheet THORIGNY.
            The Battalion was employed on making good the approaches to
            the bridges over the Canal, assisting in erection of bridges over
            Canal and repairing the roads East of the Canal.

30th        In bivouacs in R.16.a.3.1 near VERMAND.
            The Battalion moved to trench system at G.35.c.9.2.
            near BELLENGLISE.
            Work on bridges and roads continued.




                                                            R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                             Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry
                                                               30th September 1918
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                              OCTOBER 1918

               BELLENGLISE
1st            In Trench system at G.35.c.9.2 sheet THORIGNY
               near BELLENGLISE.

2nd            In Trench system at G.35.c.9.2 sheet THORIGNY
               near BELLENGLISE.
               The following letters were received from C.E.
               Australian Corps through C.R.E., 32nd Division :-

             “I would like to take this opportunity of again thanking all the units
             under my command, for the really splendid work which they have
             done during the past month, and in particular the Officers , N.C.O.’s
      and men who constructed the Bridges over the SOMME, and the ST.
             QUENTIN CANAL. The credit is entirely due to those who actually
             did the work.”

               “The Commander-on-Chief wishes to express high appreciation of
               the good work done by the Engineer units of the Fourth Army in the
               construction of temporary and permanent crossings over the River
               SOMME during the recent operations. The work was carried out
               with remarkable rapidity, sometimes under Machine Gun fire, and
               bombardment by gas shells.
                                 (Signed)          G.H. Foote, Brig-General,
                                                  Chief Engineer Australian Corps


3rd            In Trench system at G.35.c.9.2 sheet THORIGNY
               near BELLENGLISE.

4th            In Trench system at G.35.c.9.2 sheet THORIGNY
               near BELLENGLISE.
               The Battalion employed on roads East of BELLENGLISE.
               The following letters were received from 32nd Division :-

               “Following from General RAWLINSON begins AAA Please convey
               to 32nd Division my best congratulations and warm thanks for
               their gallantry and dash in their operations about SEQUEHART
               and the BEAUREVOIR line which is the last organised of the
               HINDENBURG System AAA. I wish all ranks the best of luck
               and further successes.

               Following message was received from the Corps Commander:-

               AAA WELL DONE 32ND AAA

5th            In Trench system at G.35.c.9.2 sheet THORIGNY
               near BELLENGLISE.
               The Battalion moved by march route to billets
               in BEAUMETZE sheet 62.c.

               BEAUMETZ
6th            In billets in BEAUMETZ.
               The Battalion occupied in Training in the forenoon
               and Recreational Training in the afternoon.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                             OCTOBER 1918
7th            In billets in BEAUMETZ.

8th            In billets in BEAUMETZ.

9th            In billets in BEAUMETZ.

10th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

11th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

12th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

13th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

14th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

15th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

16th         In billets in BEAUMETZ.
             The Corps Commander under authority delagated by the Field Marshal
       Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decorations :-

               The Military Medal
               No. 13181        Sergt     G. SMITH
               No. 353501       Sergt     W. MUIR
               No. 43234        Pte       J. GEDDES

17th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.

18th           In billets in BEAUMETZ.
               The Battalion moved from BEAUMETZ to Trench system
               at BELLENGLISE.


               BELLENGLISE
19th           In Trench system at BELLENGLISE.

20th           In Trench system at BELLENGLISE.
               The Battalion moved from BELLENGLISE to Billets in BOHAIN.


               BOHAIN
21st           In billets in BOHAIN.
               The Battalion at work on roads East of BOHAIN.

22nd           In billets in BOHAIN.
               Work on roads continued.

23rd           In billets in BOHAIN.
               Work on roads continued.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           OCTOBER 1918

            BOHAIN
24th        Recreational Training in the afternoon.
            The following letter was received from 32nd Division :-

            “On two occasions during the past week the Army Commander
            has seen Brigade Corps of the 32nd Division on the march, and
            he has informed the Divisional Commander that he was much
            struck by the turnout both of men and transport, and by the
            excellent march discipline which he looks upon as a pattern to
            the army.
            The Divisional Commander has the greatest pleasure in notifying
            this praise to all units and is sure that all ranks will do their
            utmost to maintain the highest standard.”

25th        In billets in BOHAIN.
            Training continued.

26th        In billets in BOHAIN.


27th        In billets in BOHAIN.

28th        In billets in BOHAIN.

29th        In billets in BOHAIN.

30th        In billets in BOHAIN.

31st        In billets in BOHAIN.
            The Battalion moved to billets in ST. SOUPLET.




                                                             R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                              Commanding 16th Highland Light Infantry.
                                                                   31st October 1918
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                           NOVEMBER 1918
              ST. SOUPLET
1st           In billets in ST. SOUPLET.

2nd           In billets in ST. SOUPLET.

3rd           In billets in ST. SOUPLET.

4th           In billets in ST. SOUPLET.
              The three Companies of the Battalion proceeded on the night of
              3/4 November to construct in conjunction with the three Field
              Companies R.E., bridges across the SAMBRE - OISE Canal, for
              the passage of the Infantry Units of the Division who were to
              attack at dawn on the 4th November. During the bridging
              operations the enemy’s artillery fire was extremely violent
              and the fire from his machine guns on the opposite bank of the
              Canal about 30 yards away was very intense.
              “A” and “C” Companies especially took heavy casualties,
              but the behaviour of all ranks was such that the bridges were
              thrown across in record time enabling the infantry to attack
              with success at zero hour.
              The casualties during the bridging operations were :-

              Killed in Action
              Lieutenant R.M. Hardy
              12 Other Ranks

              Wounded in Action
              Lieutenant F. Middlemiss
              2nd Lieutenant J. Mowat
              2nd Lieutenant J.L. Young, D.C.M., M.M.
              17 Other Ranks


5th           In billets in ST. SOUPLET.
              The Battalion moved to billets in SAMBRETON.
              The following wire was received from Division :-

               Following from IX Corps begins AAA
               Following from General RAWLINSON AAA
               Please convey to 32nd Division my congratulations and warm thanks
               for their success today AAA The strong opposition they met with on
               the Canal and the determined way in which they overcame it and
      forced the passage is deserving of high praise AAA Ends AAA The
               Corps Commander desires to add his most cordial congratulations to
               the Army Commander’s message. AAA
                Please communicate to all ranks. AAA Ends

              Casualties
              Wounded in Action - 2 Other Ranks.



              SAMBRETON
6th           In billets in SAMBRETON.

                           NOVEMBER 1918

7th         In billets in SAMBRETON.
            The Battalion moved to billets in FAVRIL.
            Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Field Marshal
      Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decoration :-

              The Military Cross
              T/Lieutenant F. Middlemiss
                 16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                        FAVRIL
8th                     In billets in FAVRIL.
                        The Battalion moved to billets in GRAND FAYT.


                        GRAND FAYT
9th                     In billets in GRAND FAYT.

10th                    In billets in GRAND FAYT.
                        The Battalion moved to billets in AVESNELLES.


                        AVESNELLES
11th                    In billets in AVESNELLES.
                        Following message from 32nd Division begins
                        AAA Hostilities will be stopped on the whole front at 1100
                        (French time) AAA Allied troops until further orders will
                        not pass the line reached at this stage and this hour AAA Ends.
                        Defensive measures will not be relaxed AAA There will be no
                        intercourse with the enemy.

                        Extract from FOURTH ARMY Circular No. G.S. 125
                        dated 11th November 1918.
                        The FOURTH ARMY has been ordered to form part of the Army
                        of Occupation on the RHINE in accordance with the terms of the
                        Armistice. The march to the RHINE will shortly commence, and,
                        although carried out with the usual military precautions, will be
                        undertaken generally as a peace march.

12th                    In billets in ABESNELLES.
                        The following letter was received from Division:-

                        The conclusion of the Armistice with GERMANY brings to an end a
                        period of victorious advance by the Division. Five times we have
              successfully broken the enemy’s main defences, including the
       passages of the SOMME and of the SAMBRE and OISE Canal, and
                        the destruction of the BEAUREVOIR - FONSOMME trenches of the
                        HINDENBURG Line. During these operations the Division has captured
                        more than 2,700 prisoners, 80 guns, 500 machine guns and great
                        quantities of war material. During most of its advance the Division
                        has been opposed by some of the best troops which the enemy could
              put in the field. None of its victories have been gained without hard
                        fighting in which the individual efforts of Officers and men have been
                        put to the highest test. The Divisional Commander desires to thank
                        all ranks of his Staff and of all the Units for the response they have
                                      NOVEMBER 1918

                        at all times made to his direction.
                        He believes that never in the world’s history has the reputation
                        of a unit in a great Army deserved to stand higher and he knows
                        that whatever orders may be given for the future they will be
                        carried out with the same determination, devotion, and spirit that
                        has given to the Division its present distinguished position.
                                            (Signed) E. Dillon, Lieut.-Colonel
                                                               General Staff
                                                               12th November 1918, 32nd Division.


13th                    In billets at AVESNELLES.
                        The Battalion moved to billets at Q.3.a.2.5. (sheet 57) on the
                        AVESNELLES - SAINS Du NORD Road.

14th                    In billets at Q.3.a.2.5. on the AVESNELLES - SAINS Du NORD Road.

15th                    In billets at Q.3.a.2.5.
                        The Battalion moved to billets in LIESSIES,
                        Headquarters in Chateau de la Motte.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




16th        In billets in LIESSIES.

17th        In billets in LIESSIES.

18th        In billets in LIESSIES.
            The Battalion paraded in the ?????????????????????????
            Battles fought on the soil of FRANCE. Before crossing the frontier,
            he desired the Battalion to pay the last mark of respect to the fallen
            Heroes of the Battalion who had laid down their lives in the great
            cause for which it had nobly fought. Arms were presented, the
            buglers sounding the Last Post. Thereafter Pipe-Major McCombe
            played “The Flowers of the Forest” and “Lochaber no more”.
            After explaining the arrangements for the march into Germany as
            part of the Army of occupation, the Battalion was dismissed.
            Lieuteanat P.H. Bertram joined the Battalion on this date.

19th        In billets in LIESSIES.
            The Battalion moved to billets in SIVRY.

20th        In billets in SIVRY.
            The Battalion moved to billets in FOURBECHIES.

21st        In billets in FOURBECHIES.

22nd        In billets in FOURBECHIES.

23rd        In billets in FOURBECHIES.

24th        In billets in FOURBECHIES.
            The Battalion moved to billets in CERFONTAINE.

25th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.

                          NOVEMBER 1918
26th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.

27th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.
            Under authority delegated by the Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief,
            the Corps Commander has awarded the following Decorations :-

            Bar to Military Medal
            No. 13181         Sergt.    G. SMITH, M.M.

            The Military Medal
            No. 35097        Sergt.     R. ARCHIBALD
            No. 16192        L/Cpl      H. McKILLOP
            No. 355510       L/Cpl      F. SIMPSON
            No. 35283        Pte        J.R. ALLAN
            No. 40505        Sergt.     J. ROBERTSON
            No. 43118        Sergt.     J. ALLISON
            No. 40078        Cpl        T.C. JOHNSTON
            No. 3398         Pte        A. ANDERSON
            No. 17059        L/Cpl      H. McBRIDE
            No. 14922        Pte        M. ARMSTRONG
            No. 27348        Pte        J. ORMISTON
            No. 33120        Pte        W. CHAPPELL
            No. 30235        L/Cpl      A. YOUNG
            No. 30330        Pte        J. GIBSON
            No. 15258        Pte        A. COLLINS
            No. 52802        Cpl        O. MACE
            No. 42000        L/Cpl      R. WALKER
            No. 41715        Pte        J.J. McGOWAN
            No. 42326        Pte        J.I. CAIRNS
            No. 15839        L/Cpl      D. MURRAY
            No. 3383         CQMS       J. FORBES
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



28th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.
            The Battalion worked on the roads in the vicinity of the village.

29th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.
            The Battalion paraded at 09.30 in front of the school and the
            Commanding Officer presented medal ribbons to the N.C.O.’s
            and men who had been awarded the Military Medal in connection
            with the operations of bridging the SAMBRE - OISE Canal on
            the 4th November.

30th        In billets in CERFONTAINE.
            This being ST. ANDREW’S DAY, the members of the Battalion
            wore small national flags kindly presented by the St. Andrew’s
            Society (Glasgow).
            A Scottish Concert was given by members of the Battalion at
            18.00 in the hall in the school here.



                                                             R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                     Commanding, 16th Bn. The Highland Light Infantry.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            DECEMBER 1918
              CERFONTAINE
1st           In billets in CERFONTAINE.

2nd           In billets in CERFONTAINE.

3rd           In billets in CERFONTAINE.

4th           In billets in CERFONTAINE.

5th           In billets in CERFONTAINE.
              The Battalion moved from billets in CERFONTAINE to
              billets in FLORENNES.


              FLORENNES
6th           In billets in FLORENNES.
              The Battalion moved from billets in FLORENNES to
              billets in BIOUL.


            BIOUL
7th         In billets in BIOUL.
            The Battalion moved from billets in BIOUL to billets in NANINNES.
            The following is a copy of a letter received by the Divisional
      Commander from the IX Corps Commander :-

              I am so sorry that your gallant Division is leaving the IX Corps.
              I thought you were safe to stay with us, but the powers that be
              have decided otherwise. I would like to express to you personally
              and to your division my very real appreciation of all the good work
              and hard fighting you have done while with the Corps. You came
              with a splendid reputation, and you have kept it - indeed enhanced - it.
              I wish you all the best of good fortune.
                                  (Signed) Walter Braithwaite.



              NANINNES
8th           In billets in NANINNES.
              The following Officers joined the Battalion :-
              Lieut. J. McLellan, M.C. from tour of duty in United Kingdom.
              2nd Lieut. A.G. Cockburn from 1/5th H.L.I.

9th           In billets in NANINNES.
              “A” Company moved to billets in MAIZERET to work on Horse
      Standings for Divisional Artillery.
              “C” Company moved to billets in SAR BERNARD to work on
              Horse Standings for Divisional Ammunition Column.
              “B” Company working on Horse Standings for Divisional Artillery.
        16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                            DECEMBER 1918
10th           Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in NANINNES.
               “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET at work on Horse Standings.
               “C” Company in billets in SAR BERNARD at work on Horse Standings.

11th              Headquarters and “B” Company in NANINNES.
                  “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.
       Companies employed at work on Horse Standings for Divisional
       Artillery.

12th           Headquarters and “B” Company in NANINNES.
               “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.

13th           Headquarters and “B” Company in NANINNES.
               “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.

14th           Headquarters and “B” Company in NANINNES.
               “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.
               Headquarters and “B” Company moved to Billets in MAILLEN.


               MAILLEN
15th           Headquarters and “B” Company in MAILLEN.
               “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.
               Under authority delegated by His Majesty the King, the Field Marshal
               Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decoration :-

               The Military Cross
               2nd Lieut. W.J. Watson


16th           Headquarters and “B” Company in MAILLEN.
               “A” Company in MAIZERET. “C” Company in SAR BERNARD.
               The following letter was received from the Division :-

              The Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief accompanied by the Chief
              of the General Staff and the G.O.C., Fourth Army Division
       Headquarters on Sunday 15th December. After referring to the
              many severe actions through which he has watched the successful
              progress of the Division, especially since 8th August 1918, the
              Field Marshal desired the Divisional Commander to convey to all
              ranks his personal appreciation of their great services and of
              their gallantry. He sent to all ranks his heartiest good wishes
              for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

17th           Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in MAILLEN.
               “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET.
               “C” Company in billets in SAR BERNARD.
               “C” Company moved to billets in LES TOMBES to work on
               Horse Standings for No. 2 Section Division Ammunition Column.

18th           Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in MAILLEN.
               “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET.
               “C” Company in billets in LES TOMBES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          DECEMBER 1918

19th        Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET.
            “C” Company in billets in LES TOMBES.

20th        Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET.
            “C” Company in billets in LES TOMBES.
            Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Field Marshal
            Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the following Decorations :-

            The Military Cross
            2nd Lieut.        J.L. Young, D.C.M., M.M.
            Lieut.            E.W.M. Heddle

            The Distinguished Conduct Medal
            No. 41192        Sergt   J. Cushley
            No. 9032         Pte     A. Fraser
            No. 42298        L/Cpl   T. Galloway
            No. 14659        Pte     T. Beattie
            No. 34789        Pte     T. Leslie


21st        Headquarters and “B” Company in billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in MAIZERET.
            “C” Company in LES TOMBES.
            “A” Company moved to billets in COURRIERES.
            “C” Company moved to billets in MAILLEN.


22nd        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


23rd        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.
            The following Officers joined the Battalion :-
            Lieut. J. Miller from tour of duty in United Kingdom.


24th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


25th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


26th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                          DECEMBER 1918

27th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.
            The following message from Lieut.-General C.D. Shute, C.B., C.M.G.
            Commanding V Corps was received by the Divisional Commander :-

            Please congratulate all ranks of my old Division on their splendid
            work and wish them from me, a very Happy Christmas and a Happy
            and Lucky New Year in 1919.
                    (Signed) Cameron Shute, Lieut.-General


            The following reply was sent :-

            All ranks of 32nd Division thank you for your kind message and send
            Best Wishes for the New Year.



28th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


29th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


30th        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.


31st        In billets in MAILLEN.
            “A” Company in billets in COURRIERES.




                                                               R. KYLE, Lieut.-Colonel,
                                                            Commanding 16th High. L.I.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         FEBRUARY 1919

            NAMECHE
1st         In billets in NAMACHE near NAMUR, BELGIUM.
            The Battalion entrained at NAMECHE and proceeded by rail to
            BONN, GERMANY. On arrival in BONN the Battalion marched
            to billets in RHEINDORF.

            RHEINDORF
2nd         In billets in RHEINDORF.

3rd         In billets in RHEINDORF.

4th         In billets in RHEINDORF.
            Massed Pipe Bands of the Division played Retreat
            in the KAISERPLATZ, BONN.

5th         In billets in RHEINDORF.

6th         In billets in RHEINDORF.

7th         In billets in RHEINDORF.

8th         In billets in RHEINDORF.

9th         In billets in RHEINDORF.

10th        In billets in RHEINDORF.

11th        In billets in RHEINDORF.
            Lieutenant R. Kyle, D.S.O., rejoined the Battalion from leave
            on this date. The Battalion moved to billets in DOTTENDORF.


            DOTTENDORF
12th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
            The Battalion Pipe Bands played Retreat in the
            KAISERPLATZ, BONN.

13th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
            Massed Pipe Bands of the Division played Retreat in the
            KAISERPLATZ, BONN.

14th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.

15th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
            Massed Pipe Bands of the Division played Retreat in the
            KAISERPLATZ, BONN.

16th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.

17th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.

18th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
       16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                         FEBRUARY 1919
19th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
            Massed Pipe Bands played Retreat in the KAISERPLATZ, BONN.


20th        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY. The Pipe Band
            of the Battalion played Retreat in the KAISERPLATZ, BONN.

21st        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.

22nd        In billets in DOTTENDORF, near BONN, GERMANY.
            His Majesty the King presented the Battalion with a King’s
            Colour, and this was handed over by Lieut. General Sir R.B.
            Stephens, K.C.B., C.M.G., Commanding the Xth Corps.
            The ceremony took place on the Hofgarten, BONN at 10.00 hours.
            The Battalion was drawn up on three sides of a square, with the
            university of BONN in the background. The Colour party under
            Command of Lieut. James Miller was :-
                       No. 15140 Sgt D.M. Clark
                       No. 14516 Sgt F. Cliff
                       No. 14104 Lcpl A. Andrews
                       No. 14999 Lcpl A. Crawford
            The Cased Colour was brought forward by No. 14597 RSM
            G.J. Taylor, M.C., and uncased by the 2nd in Command Major
            W.D. Scott, D.S.O., M.C. The Colour was consecrated, the
            officiating clergyman being the Rev. Archibald McHardy, C.F.
            After Major General Lambert, C.B., C.M.G., Commanding 32nd
            Division had given an address on the History of the Battalion,
            the colour was received from General Stephens by Lieut.
            James Miller.
            Notwithstanding the inclement weather a very large gathering
            of people witnessed the ceremony. During the ceremony the
            Corps Commander made the following remarks:-
            “Colonel Kyle, Officers, NCO’s and men of the 16th Highland
            Light Infantry. I am here this morning to hand over to you the
            colour which has been presented to you by His Majesty the King
            in recognition of the magnificent service which you have rendered
            during the War.”
            “Your Divisional Commander has just read out the record of what
            you have done. It is a record of which any regiment at any period
            in the History of our Army would be proud.
            “You are a young Battalion of a very glorious old Regiment. On the
            colours of your Regular Battalion’s
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                       APPENDIX 3

                             16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.
                      LIST OF CASUALTIES IN OFFICERS ON 1st JULY, 1916

Killed in Action
Captain                 D.B. Kerr                     A Company
Lieut.                  T. Johnson                    D Company
2nd Lieut.              R.S. Brown                    B Company
2nd Lieut.              J.A. Brown                    B Company
2nd Lieut.              J.A. Gemmill                  C Company
2nd Lieut.              D.S. McHardy                  C Company



                                                                            (sgd.) Wm. D. Scott
                                                                            Captain & Adjutant,
                                                                  16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.

                                                                                 31st July 1916
                      16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



SECRET
                                                APPENDIX 2
                                             OPERATION ORDER No. I

                                   Reference :- Sheet 57.d.S.E.- Scale 1/20,000,

                              1.        The 32nd Division is to take a principle part in an attack
                                        on the German positions.

Information                   2.       The available information indicates no increase in the
                                       strength of the enemy opposite us. Details as to the enemy's
                              strength, disposition and Artillery, are given in Appendix
                                       "A".

Intention                     3.        It is the intention of the G.O.C., to attack the enemy with the
                                        utmost vigour and determination.

Objectives                    4.        The objectives allotted to the Division are

                                        a)       German Front System between
                                                 R.32.c.0.0 and R.25.b.2.6.

                                        b)       German Intermediate System and MOUQUET Switch
                                                 between R.33.b.0.3 and R.2o.c.8.2.

                                        c)       German 2nd Line System between
                                                 R.34.a.0.9. and R.2l.c.1.7.

Neighbouring        5.        The 8th and 36th Divisions will simultaneously attack
Divisions                              on our Right and Left respectively.

                              6.       There will be a steady bombardment by our guns day and
                                       night for four days up to the moment of assault on the fifth
                                       day, (Z) day.
                                       On the day before this bombardment begins, the Artillery
                                       will commence to cut the Enemy's wire with shrapnel and
                              2" mortars. Rifle and M.G. fire will be kept up each night
                                       during the bombardment to prevent the enemy repairing his
                                       wire.
                                       Programme of Lifts are given in Appendices B.I. and B.2.

Preliminary            7.        a)        The 16th H.L.I. will move in accordance with the
moves and                        accordance with Appendix, Programme of Moves, and on
Sequence of Events.    the night X/Z will take up Battle Position in accordance
               with Appendix H.I.

Cutting our wire              8.         Such wire in our trenches as is required to be removed to
                                         facilitate our attack, will be dealt with gradually by Units
                               in the line, prior to the night Y/Z. Gaps being marked as
                     required by boards already issued. The front line wire
                     will be cut by the 2nd KOYLI on the night X/Y in diagonal
           strips, the loose wire being thrown over the uncut strip.




Infantry            9.        a)        The assault of the first and second objectives will be
                                                carried out by the 96th and 97th Infantry Brigades.

                                     b)        The assault of the 96th and 97th Infantry Brigades
                                     will be delivered by two assaulting columns in each
                            Brigade, each column being composed of 1 Battalion
                    formed up in depth on a front of two Platoons.

                                        c)       The objectives of the 97th Infantry Brigade will be:-

                                        1.       The German Front System from
                 16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                       X.1.a.6.8. to R.31.a.50.45.

                              2.       The line R.31.d.8.1 - R.32.c.3.6. - R.26.c.3.1.

                              3.       The line R.33.a.7.5. - R.27.c.25.75

                              4.       FERME DU MOUQUET and trenches encircling it
                                       and MOUQUET SWITCH to R.27.c.25.75.

                      10.     b)       In accordance with para 9 (a), (b) and (c) the
                              assault will be carried out at Zero time on "Z" day by the
                              16th and 17th High L.I. leading (on the LEFT and RIGHT
                              respectively) the 2nd KOYLI in SUPPORT and the 11th
                              Border Regt., echeloned to the RIGHT rear of the RIGHT
                              leading Regiment, in reserve.

                              The 16th High L.I. and 17th High L.I. will capture the first
                              three objectives mentioned in the foregoing Battalion Order
                              para 9 (c), moving forward in accordance with the Artillery
                              Barrages, (Appendix B.2 and Map copied by Units). On the
                              above objectives being captured, the 11th Border Regt. on the
                              RIGHT, and 2nd KOYLI on the LEFT will pass through the
                              16th and 17th High L.I. and capture the fourth objective in
                              accordance with the Artillery barrages.

                              The RIGHT of the 16th High L.I. will direct - Bearing 69
                              Degrees True Bearing, which passes the edge of the SE
                              Corner of FORT WUNDERWERK. True bearing of left of 16th
                              High L.I. is 71.30 and True Bearing on right of 17th High L.I.
                              is 67 degrees.

                              RIGHT and LEFT flanks of the 97th Infantry Brigade attack
                      are shown by lines on Map B 2 (Copied by representatives of
                              Units).

                              c)      Chief Artillery barrages and times in attack, as in
                              Appendix B.2.

                              e) (sic) The 14th Infantry Brigade will follow the 97th
                              Infantry Brigade, moving up the valley leading from the
                              NAB, towards FERME DU MOUQUET, and will attack the 3rd
                              objective referred to in para 4.




                              The 14th Infantry Brigade, after penetrating the German
                              second Line, will then attack the remainder of the 3rd
                              objective from the point of entry, i.e. from flank and rear.
                              This 3rd objective will be consolidated and held by them.

Strong Points   11.   The 2nd KOYLI will detail one Company to consolidate
                              strong points at :-
                              (A)      R.31.d.85.35     Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                        with 1 Vickers Gun
                              (A)      R.31.d.9.8       Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                        with 1 Vickers Gun.
                              Two Platoons will remain as Garrisons, the other two after
                              dumping R.E. material as arranged, will join their units.
                              The O.C. 97th Brigade M.G. Company, will direct 1 Vickers
                              Gun to each strong point as soon as consolidation has
                              commenced.

                              The 2nd KOYLI will also detail a company to consolidate
                              strong points at:-
                              (B)      R.32.a.2.6       Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                        with 1 Vickers Gun.
                              (B)      R.26.c.0.0       Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                        with 1 Vickers Gun.
                  16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                   Two Platoons will remain as Garrisons, the other two after
                                   dumping R.E. material as arranged, will join their units.
                                   The O.C. 97th Brigade M.G. Company, will direct 1 Vickers
                                   Gun to each strong point as soon as consolidation has
                                   commenced.

                                   The 11th Border Regt will detail one Company to consolidate
                                   strong points at:-
                                   (Y)      R.33.a.6.4           Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                                 with 1 Vickers Gun.
                                   (Z)      R.27.c.4.2           Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                                 with 1 Vickers Gun.
                                   (X)      R.27.c.3.7           Garrison 1 Platoon
                                                                 with 2 Lewis Guns.
                                   Three Platoons will remain as Garrisons, the remaining
                                   Platoon will rejoin its Unit after dumping R.E. Material.

                                   Two Lewis Guns will form part of the Garrison at R.27.c.3.7

                                   The O.C. 97th Brigade M.G. Company will detail 1 Vickers
                                   Gun to be with each Garrison at :-
                                           R33.a.6.4. and R.27.c.4.2.

                                  The 11th Border Regt. will detail 1 Company to Consolidate a
                         strong point at FERME DU MOUQUET, and to act as Garrison
                                  with two Lewis Guns. O.C. 97th Brigade M.G. Company will
                                  detail two Vickers Guns to be with the Garrison also.

                                   One section of 219th Field Company will be attached to 97th
                                   Infantry Brigade, and as arranged by O.C. Company will
                                   assist in preliminary work of consolidation of the various
                                   strong points. The consolidating party of the 2nd KOYLI and
                                   the 11th Border Regt., will obtain and carry forward R.E.
                                   Materials under instructions already issued.

Mopping Parties 12.      These will be detailed as arranged, and work in
                                 accordance with circular already issued by the Brigade.
                                 When their task is completed, O.C. Moppers will detail
                                 two parties of 1 N.C.O. and 25 men each to act as grenade
                                 carriers, and to report to Lieut BLACKIE, Brigade Bombing
                                 Officer, at CAMPBELL POST.
                                 Prisoners conducted back by Moppers to the O.C. Moppers
                                 in "No Man's Land" or by other escorts, will be taken
                                 straight to the divisional collecting station at BLACK
                                 HORSE BRIDGE, on EAST bank of River ANCRE.

Ammonal Parties          13.       A Party of each Company of the Brigade will carry two
                                   9' lengths of Ammonal Torpedoes. These will be dumped
                                   at the S.A.A. Store at AUTHUILLE WOOD, lying in the
                                   2b Trench Mortar Magazines, marked R.E. Magazines.
                                   Battalions on their way to their battle positions will send
                                   their Ammonal Parties with an Officer to draw them.

Corps Reserve 14.        The 49th Division in Corps Reserve, is occupying a
                                 position of assembly in AVELUY WOOD on night Y/Z,
                                 and after 14th INF. Brigade moves, will be moved across
                                 RIVER ANCRE and our present front line.

Time of Assault 15.       The exact time of assault will be fixed by a higher
                                      authority. Zero will be the moment at which the artillery
                          lifts off the enemy's front line trench. At Zero, the leading
                infantry must be as near the enemy's front line as our
                                      barrage permits, i.e. about 100 yards.

                         16.       As soon as the attacking lines have crossed "No Man's Land",
                                   the Russian Saps will be opened by R.E's for communication
                                   forward.
                    16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



Gas                           17.       (a) Gas Cyclinders are being placed in special emplacements
                              in the front line between CHOWBENT STREET and
                   SAUCHIEHALL STREET. The gas will be discharged on a
                   day and at a time to be decided by higher authority. The
         noise of initial discharge of the gas will be covered by rapid                                Rifle
and machine gun fire all along the line. Gas Helmets of                                      Units in the
trenches will be inspected by Officers daily,                             after the Cylinders have been
carried up.

                                    (b) Smoke will be employed prior to the day of the assault
                            to enduce the enemy to man his parapets, when a heavy
                                    Artillery and Machine Gun Fire will be directed on them.
                                    The detailed arrangements for this smoke discharge will
                                    be notified later to all concerned.

                                     (c) No. 1 Company, No. 5 Battalion Special Brigade R.E.
                            with 4" Stokes Mortars will be employed to form smoke
                                     barrages on the day of assault as follows:-

                                      (1) To screen movement of our right assaulting column from
                            enemy trenches, on the SOUTH SIDE of the valley, running
                   from the NAB towards FERME DU MOQUET, and at the same
                   time to screen movement of the left assaulting column of the
         8th Division from the enemy trenches from X.1.a.6.8. along
                                      X.1.b, and from R.31.d.3.0 to R.31.d.9.5.
                                      Barrage to be effective from minus 5' and to continue till
                            plus 5' along the trenches as far as X.1.a.10.8. and thence
                   EAST until plus 10'.

                                    (d) The arrangements for the discharge of Gas and for use of
                            smoke are dependent on weather conditions.

Dress                     18.      (a) Packs and Greatcoats will not be taken to the forming up
                          positions on the night preceding the assault. On Y day, all
                  packs and greatcoats will be stored by Brigades as under
                                   97th Bde, less 2 Bns. at AVELUY.
                                   Other Bns. 97th Bde., at BOUZINCOURT.

                                     Brigade Headquarters will detail 1 man to each dump to
                                     remain with packs and greatcoats left behind.

                                     (b) Each Infantryman will carry Rifle and Equipment
                                     (less pack). (Water bottles FULL).
                                     2 Bandoliers of S.A.A. in addition to equipment ammunition
                                     (220 rounds in all).
                                     Bombers will carry Equipment ammunition only.
                                     Waterproof sheet.
                                     2 sandbags in belt.
                                     Unexpended portion of day's rations.
                                     One Iron (emergency) Ration.
                                     One 1-lb tin of meat and biscuits.

                                   (c) Each Officer, NCO and man of Infantry Battalions
                                   including Pioneers will carry two fused Mills Grenades in
                                   his pockets - except in the case of Bombers -
                                   These grenades are not for use by the carriers: they are
                                   intended as a means of getting forward large numbers of
                           grenades, which will be collected as soon as the objectives
                  are reached, so as to replenish the Bomber's stocks.

                                     (d) Wire Cutters and breakers will be issued by R.E. to
                                     units prior to taking up Battle positions.

                                     (e) 200 red flares for communication with the Contact
                                     Patrol Aeroplane will be carried by each Battalion.

Trench Traffic    19.      (a) KILMUN STREET will be used as an UP trench, and
Arrangements               KILBERRY STREET as a DOWN trench. The rule of the road
                  does not apply to Staff Officers, Linesmen, and Messengers.
                  16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




Transport                 20.       (b) on Z day, all echeloned A of 1st line Transport, viz,
                                    limbered G.S. Wagons for Machine Guns, Tools, S.A.A.,
*Water Carts                        Maltese Carts, (Medical) * pack animals and Officers Mess
                           Carts, will be brigaded under a selected Officer of each and
                 will be prepared to moved forward to the space SOUTH of
                                    Pioneer Road, between W.16.a.8.6 and W.16.b.5.6

                                   (c) The authorised establishment of baggage and stores
                          including Officer Kits (35 lbs) will be packed in the Baggage
                                   Wagons of Units on X day.




Police                    21.      (a) Stragglers Posts will be established at:
& Prisoners                        (1)      Q.36.c.9.1         (CAMPBELL AVENUE)
                                   (2)      W.5.b.9.2          (BLACK HORSE BRIDGE)
                                   (3)      W.11.d.7.5         (AVELU-AUTHUILLE ROAD)
                                   (4)      W.11.d.8.1         (CRUCIFIX CORNER)

                                   (b) (1) Prisoners will be sent under Escort to the
                          Divisional Prisoner Collecting Station at BLACK HORSE
                                   BRIDGE, left bank of River ANCRE.
                                   Escorts must see that Prisoners do not destroy documents.

                                    (2) All information will be handed over by the escort to the
                          Officer 1/c the Divisional Collecting Station, as to where and
                                    by whom the prisoners were captured.
                                    All documents will be collected and a preliminary and rapid
                          examination made.

                                   (3) Escort to prisoners will not exceed 1 man to 10
                          prisoners.

Areas                     22.      Area of Trench occupied by 16th H.L.I. prior to attack.
                                   1. East Boundary, R.31.c.09.47 - R.31.a.10.27
                                   2. South Boundary, R.31.c.09.47 - R.36.c.78.20
                                   3. West Boundary, Q.36.c.78.20 - Q.36.d.25.80
                                   4. North Boundary, Q.36.d.25.80 - R.31.a.10.27

                                   KINTYRE TRENCH AND CAITHNESS STREET exclusive.

Miscellaneous    23.        (A). All papers and orders are to be destroyed before the Instructions
                 advance. No papers will be carried by Officers and men
        taking part in the attack except the 1/20,000 Trench Map
                                      showing the German Trenches only, the 1/40,000 Map,
                                      sheet 57.d, and 57.c. and the LENS sheet of the 1/100,000
                                      series. All messages and reports will refer to one or other
                            of these Maps.

                                    (B) Men in the trenches and in the assaulting Brigades will
                          not fall out to bring back wounded.

                                  (C) Any Guns captured which are in danger of being lost
                          again, must be rendered useless by damaging the sights and
                                  breech mechanism. Captured Machine Guns must be
                                  collected. The C.R.A. will have teams ready to go forward to
                                  bring back captured guns.

                                   (D) Attention is drawn to the orders already issued
                          forbidding the collection of Souvenirs.

Veterinary                24.      A Veterinary Collecting Station will be established at
                                   W.13.a.2.8.
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




Stores            25.     The following Stores from the 219th Field Coy, R.E. Dump.
                                   BOUZINCOURT, will be drawn on X/Y night by the
                                   16th HIGH. L.I.

                                   2 Grenades per man
                                   2 sandbags per man
                                   Wire Cutters Mark V . . . . . . . . 18
                                   Longhandled 14" . . . . . . . . . . . 14
                                   S.A. Decimal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
                                   Wire Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64


Water                     26.     Transport of all units will draw from 219th Field Coy.
Arrangements              BOUZINCOURT, 4 cradles for carrying water on mules,
on night of X/Y           and from BOUZINCOURT COAL DUMP (W.7.c.4.0) they
                                  will draw the necessary number of two Gallon Petrol
                                  Tins. The cradles should hold 3 two gallon petrol tins
                                  per side. i.e. 6 per mule.
                                  The petrol tins are to be taken forward on Pack Animals
                                  full when they move forward for the first bound to space
                                  SOUTH of PIONEER road between W.16.a.8.6 and W.16.b.5.6.

Reporting of              27.      Estimated Return which will show round numbers without
Casualties in                      distinction between killed, wounded or missing.
Action                             (a) Officers by separate ranks (no names).
                                   (b) Other ranks.

                                   Accurate Return. O.C. Companies will render return
                                   one hour after the commencement of attack, and also at
                                   the completion of the operation in hand.
                                   Return will be rendered to Battalion Headquarters at
                                   2.30 p.m. and 5.30 a.m. daily during the operations.

Transport                 28.      1st Line.
Lines                              1. All transport will be accommodated in BOUZINCOURT
                                   AREA as troops move EAST of this village. In the event of
                                   orders being issued for evacuation of this village on account
                                   of shelling, etc. - Emergency Lines will be as follows:-
                                   1. 97th Brigade with Pioneers - to "C" Emergency Line
                                   W.13.d.7.4.
                                   The above is marked by Boards on the ground.

Personnel                 29.   Not more than 25 Officers will accompany the Battalion into
                                action. Surplus Officers not detailed for duty by the
                        Brigade will be accommodated in Huts at BOUZINCOURT with
                                Town Major, and will proceed there on "X" day.
                                Two senior N.C.O.'s or trained specialists will be left in
                        Reserve, and will be accommodated in the Huts at
                  BOUZINCOURT. The Town Major will arrange for the party's
                                rationing.
                                Officers and N.C.O.'s proceeding to join their Units will take
                                in addition to their Iron Ration, one day's Rations with them.

Arms and                  30.      All Arms and Equipment of Wounded Men will accompany
Equipment                          the wounded to the Field Ambulance.



Medical           31.     Medical Officer will be stationed on the night of Y/Z at
Arrangements              Battalion Hqrs, junction of TOBERMORY and KELBERRY
                          STREETS.
                                   Medical Officer will not move forward until the positions
                                   in front of them are taken by Troops.
                 16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




                                  The Officer Commanding B Bearer Sub Division, 90th Field
                                  Ambulance will detail four Bearers to report on night of
                                  Y/Z to Medical Officer at Battalion Hqrs.
                                  Evacuation by THIEPVAL AVENUE (SOUTH) to HARLEY
                                  STREET and BLACK HORSE BRIDGE.

                                 Medical Officers must see that their dug-outs are protected
                                 with Blankets, and that Vermorel Sprayers and special
                                 solution are available. Medical Officers will arrange to
                        carry forward their water-testing boxes, and examine wells
                at THIEPVAL and MOUQUET FERME at the first opportunity.

Magazines                32.      Magazines for S.A.A. have been established at Q.30.d.2.2,
                                  W.6.a.2.8, W.6.d.6.2.
                                  Grenade Store at Battalion Hqrs, junction of TOBERMORY
                                  and KILBERRY STREETS.

Signal                   33.      The methods of communication for the offensive are
Communication            as follows :-
                                  (a) Telephone and Telegraph
                                  (b) Visual (Ground)
                                  (c) Contact Aeroplanes
                                  (d) Wireless
                                  (e) Despatch Riders and Messengers
                                  (f) Pigeons
                                  (g) Visual (Balloons)

                                  Brigade Signal Office will be established at point Q.36.d.9.0
                                  (W N of Russian Sap of SANDA STREET).
                                  The above line will be extended to the enemy front line
                                  immediately that line is captured.
                                  Messages will be handed in at this Office, thus saving the
                                  extra distance between the front line and Brigade Advanced
                                  Hqrs. Brigade Signallers will take forward full
                                  establishment of Cable. Cables laid out during the advance
                                  must be run outside the communication trenches.
                                  The onus of providing lateral communication lies with the
                        Southern Unit.
                                  Enemy's line found in Hostile trenches should not be cut by
                        Infantry, they should be left to be dealt with by Signallers.
                                  Should it be necessary to retire from the position that has
                        been reached, any cables that have been run forward to it
                                  must be cut.
                                  The contact Aeroplane will ascend at the commencement of
                        the assault. It will be a B.E.2.c. and will have a black broad
                band under the right bottom plane.




                                  Communication will be made as follows :-

                                 From Advance Infantry.
                                 By flares or Roman Candles denoting 'We are here' and from
                        flashing mirrors. Three flares or Roman Candles will be
              used fired in a row at three of four paces interval between
       each. Quarter of a minute between the firing of each flare.

                                  From Battalion Headquarters.
                                  By Panneau (ground signalling sheet) or lamp.
                                  The former will be used in preference to the latter
                                  whenever possible.

                                  When wishing to signal, Brigades or Battalions will open
                                  grount sheet. As soon as Aeroplane is in position to
                                  receive, ground station sends its unit call, meaning "H.Q."
                    16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                       are here, this may be followed by one of the following
                           signals:-

                                       NN meaning        "Short of Ammunition"
                                       YY     "          "Short of Grenades"
                                       OO     "          "Barrage Required"
                                       HH     "          "Lengthen range"
                                       ZZ     "          "Held up by Wire"
                                       XX     "          "Held up by Machine Gun Fire"

                                       Each message will be repeated continuously in its
                                       entirety. If necessary the signal may be followed by Map
                                       location of point or line, where barrage is wanted or range
                                       needed to be lengthened.
                                       No other signals will be used.
                                       Aeroplane will acknowledge signals if possible, but will
                                       not neceaaarily do so.

                                       From Aeroplane
                                       White light meaning "Where are you?"

                                       Code Calls
                                       The amended List of Code Calls issued under G.91/5/7 will
                                       be used on all occasions during operations.




                                                                                        (Sgd) Wm. D. Scott.
                                                                                        Captain & Adjutant,
                                                                  16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I
                                                  APPENDIX "A"
REGIMENTAL SECTOR:                  X.1.a.5.9 - R. ANCRE. Held by the 99th Res. Regt. of
                                    the 26th Res. Div., 14th Res. Corps. The 109th Res.
                           Regt. hold the Sector South of this.

Battalion Boundary:                    R.25 central

Regimental H.Q. :                               COURCELETTE at R.30.a.5.4

Battalion H.Q. (Right):                ST. PIERRE DIVISION, in reserve lines:
                                               large dug-out beside road at Q.24.b.80.95.

Battalion H.Q. (Left):                 Reserve line at R.31.b.25.25.

Battalion H.Q.                         COURCELETTE R.30.a.95.90
(When resting):

Company H.Q. :                         (1) West of THIEPVAL at R.25.d.05.92

                                                (2) Support Co. about R.19.d.40.60

Regimental Rest Billets:               COURCELETTE

M.G. Co. Transport                              GREVILLERS
and Rest Billets:

Command Posts:                                  MOUQUET FARM or R.27.b.0.4
                  16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



Method of Holding Line:        Two Battalions in front line & support.
                                       1 Battalion in Rest billets at COURCELETTE
                                       1 Battalion in Divisional Reserve

Route to Trenches:                     (1) COURCELETTE to MOUQUET FARM thence
                                       by communication trenches.

                                       (2) COURCELETTE (?) via GRANDCOURT to
                                       ST. PIERRE DIVION: thence by communication
                                       trenches.

Supply Dumps:                  (1) Pioneer Dump S.E. Corner of COURCELETTE

                                       (2) Pioneer and Ration Dump, Eastern end of
                                       THIEPVAL (ammunition also dumped here)

                                       (3) Ration Dump and Kitchens in Reserve line
                                       at R.19.d.80.50

                                       (4) GRANDCOURT


Ammunition Dumps:                      THIEPVAL FARM - also Grenade store

Telephones:                            Telephone Exchange at MOUQUET FARM



Water Supply:                  Pipe lines into COURCELETTE. From there by water
                                        carts

Railways:                              From COURCELETTE Pioneer Park to THIEPVAL
                                       Pioneer Park

Railhead:                              LE SARS ?



HOSTILE ARTILLERY OPPOSITE 32ND DIVISION FRONT

SITUATION                              NUMBER AND NATURE OF BATTERY

POZIERES                               6 x 77 mm
                                       1 x 10.5 cm
                                       1 x 15 cm

R.21.b.28.22                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.21.a.55.60                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.27.b.43.13                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.28.a.20.70                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.28.c.90.00                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.28.c.95.50                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.33.b.20.23                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.34.a.97.64 to R.34.b.20.45           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.15.c.52.50                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R.15.d.02.70                           1 x 77 mm Battery

R15.b.35.30                            1 x 15 cm

R15.b.38.60                            1 x 10.5 cm
                    16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




PARTICULARS OF ROADS BEHIND THE GERMAN LINES
From information obtained from Refugees

THIEPVAL-AUTHUILLE
Metalled road, about 5 metres wide in all. Metalling 3 metres road.

THIEPVAL-HAMEL
Metalled. About 5 metres wide. Crosses the R. ANCRE by a brick bridge.

THIEPVAL-POZIERES
5 metre wide (metalled). A 12 foot road leads from it to the
FERME DE MOUQUET at Point R.33.a.4.4.
                    16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



THIEPVAL-GRANDCOURT
Good Metalled road, 5 metres wide, 3 metres metalled.

OVILLERS-GRANDCOURT
A cart track (unmetalled). Leaves OVILLERS N. and passes the
THIEPVAL-POZIERES road in R.32.b.

FERME DE MOUQUET-GRANDCOURT
Road unmetalled to R.22.a thence metalled to GRANDCOURT.


PARTICULARS OF WELLS IN VILLAGES BEHIND THE GERMAN LINES
From information obtained from Refugees

THIEPVAL
There are 3 wells (communalos), depth about 30 metres, containing good water, which
may be now polluted, there are also wells to be found in most of the farm houses.

FERME DE MOUQUET
This farm contains several wells. There is a pipe line from the FERME DE MOUQUET
to THIEPVAL.

THIEPVAL
There are 66 houses in THIEPVAL, chiefly farms. Most of these have rain water cisterns.

The Chateau, facing west, is an important building, the cellars of which are very large
and are used by the Germans for lodging soldiers, and are always full.

THIEPVAL farm is used as a grenade store.

The village is in ruins, but from latest reports and from aeroplane photographs, it may be deduced that
many of its less fragile buildings are still so little damaged as to afford valuable protection against attack.
The following are a few particulars of the buildings that may have escaped our gun fire. The rest may be
taken as mere flimsy barns of “torches” (Unbaked clay and chopped straw) :-
1.       GRIBEAUVAL Farm. Brick, some cellarage - say 20 men.
2.       Maison MORONVAL. A small brick house with cellars for 15 men.
3.        Maison OBIN. A “torches” house, which however, has been sandbagged by the
         Germans, and has good cellars which are protected by barrels of earth. A small fort
         for about 60 men.
4.       Maison CATHELAIN. A large strongly built house (brick) of 7 rooms. Its cellars will             hold
about 50 men, and the whole has been fortified.
5.        Maison BARNS which has been strengthened by the enemy.
6.       Maison The Cures House (presbytery). A substantial little building of brick with
         cellars in which 62 people lived for 40 days.
7.       Maison SOREL. A small farm with indifferent cellarage.
8.       Maison BENJAMIN. A brick house with excellent cellars capable of holding
         40 - 50 men.
9.       A sandbagged farm.
10.      Maison BAUDELOQUE. A poor house which has been fortified.
         It has cellars for 10 - 15 men.
11.      Maison DARCHEZ. A “torches” farm with cellars for 20-30 men. It has a good well.
12.      A cafe burnt down in 1915. Excellent cellars 30 - 40 men.
13.      A small house with a good well.


Tower in THIEPVAL WOOD, 300 metres North of the Chateau and 80 metres S.S.W. of HAIE,
the most Westerly building on the THIEPVAL - ST PIERRE DIVION road and North of it, is
loopholed and contains an O.P.

It is estimated that there is accommodation for 1500 men underground.

There are 3 wells (communales), depth about 30 metres, containing good water. There are
also wells to be found in most of the farm houses. The water supply of the Chateau is
considered abundant. The well in the square North of the Church was mined and had a gallery running
towards the Church.

There is a deep, walled-in village pond.

TELEPHONES : Behind a wall on the Eastern side of the square by the Church.
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




FERME DE MOUQUET
A large farm belonging to a Belgian. There are 2 supply dumps and an Artillery dump
in it or its vicinity.

There is a pipe line from the FERME DE MOUQUET to THIEPVAL.

The farm contains several wells.

The telephone exchange is situated here.

Under the two barns are 4 big cellars, with windows about a metre square above the
ground, from which men standing in the cellars could fire or work Machine Guns
(good field of fire). The cellars are capable of holding 40 men.

The Right wing was burnt down in Sept. 1914.

There are several small clusters of trees N, N.W., S.W., and S. of the farm in
which batteries are placed.
                   16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY



                                         APPENDIX 3

                              16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.

                      LIST OF CASUALTIES IN OFFICERS ON 1st JULY, 1916


Killed in Action
Captain                           D.B. Kerr                  A Company
Lieut.                            T. Johnson                 D Company
2nd Lieut.                        R.S. Brown                 B Company
2nd Lieut.                        J.A. Brown                 B Company
2nd Lieut.                        J.A. Gemmill               C Company
2nd Lieut.                        D.S. McHardy               C Company



Missing, believed Killed
2nd Lieut.                        J. Murdoch                 D Company
2nd Lieut.                        J. Kerr                    A Company
2nd Lieut.                        G. McCurrach               A Company



Wounded in Action
Lieut. Col & Hon. Colonel D. Laidlaw
Major                              J. McElwain               C Company
Captain & Adjutant                 W.D. Scott                (Still on duty)
Captain                            G.S. Fraser               B Company
Captain                            F.W. Reid                 D Company
2nd Lieut.                         R.A. Bogue                A Company
2nd Lieut.                         R. Mitchell               A Company
2nd Lieut.                         P.S. Hodgkinson           B Company
2nd Lieut.                         J. Laing                  C Company
2nd Lieut.                         R.B. Stewart              D Company
2nd Lieut.                         J. Cooper                 D Company




                                                                          (sgd.) Wm. D. Scott
                                                                          Captain & Adjutant,
                                                                16th (Service) Battalion H.L.I.

                                                                               31st July 1916
16TH (SERVICE) BATTALION, THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




     16th (SERVICE) BATTALION

THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY




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