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Orders received from 112th Infantry Brigade regarding the re-distribution of line – as follows;

37th Div’l line: The present front of the 110th Brigade to become the right sector and to be increased by a sector now held by three French Companies. This right sector to be held, as follows, alternatively by 110th and 112th Brigades, in reliefs:

  1. Right Battalion: Trench 77 – 88 (inclusive)
  2. Right Centre: Trench 89 – 96 (inclusive)
  3. Left Centre: Trench 97 – 108 (inclusive)
  4. Left Battalion: New French Trenches (Northmost point: W17 d.8.6)

The 112th Brigade will hold this frontage as follows: proceeding, when the Brigade is in Divisional Reserve, to billets as follows:

  1. Bienvillers
  2. Humbercamps (Old billets)
  3. Pommier
  4. St Amand (Old billets)

The left sector, extending from left of right sector, to about X.1 d.6.1, will be held permanently by 111th Brigade: Two Battalions in trenches and two in reserve.

Under this scheme the Battalion disposition will be as follows:

  • Battalion Headquarters: Stoneygate Street, Temporarily (see below)
  • 2 Coys: Front trenches
  • 1 Coy: Bienvillers until Divisional 2nd line is ready, then 2,3 and support BI.
  • 1 Coy: Bienvillers, pending construction of Company dug-outs and Battalion Headquarters in a new communications trench to be made from junction of support line round to Bienvillers, when the two rear Companies move up one place.

The portion of the line at present held by the right Brigade of the 37th Div will be taken over by the 48th Div.


The days activity was again confined chiefly to artillery fire, which was heavy on both sides, and to aerial skirmishes. 200 rounds, 77mm, 4.5 and 5.9 were fired into Fonquevillers during the afternoon.

The night was fine and frosty, but four Officer patrols failed to find any Germans out on the Battalion front.

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