Extract from the 11th Battalion Leicester Regiment War Diary.


This page supplements the entry we have on our war memorial pages for George GAUNT

Light Railway Ypres Sector 1917
Light Railway Ypres Sector 1917

1 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
The Battalion worked on the construction of Light Railways in the Second Army area. The work is proving very difficult and arduous at the present owing to active operations, as the enemy when retreating makes a mark of the light railways and hostile shelling often hinders the work.
The Coys Of the B attn carried on work as usual.
'A' Coy worked Ballasting and maintaining the main lines.
'B' Coy working Grading and maintaining a branch line from ZILEBEKE to the N of YPRES.
'C' Coy worked on the continuance of the main line of the advance in square J7 sheet 28 NW4 and NE3.
'D' Coy worked with the 10th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops round Hill 60 in I20 sheet 28 NW4 and NE3.
3 men proceeded on 10 days leave.
2Lt JH Cartwright and 1 man were wounded whilst working with 'B' Coy.

2 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continues as yesterday.
3 men proceeded on leave for 10 days.
A shell exploded amongst a party of D Coy wounded 2Lt F. Underwood and 6 OR and killing one.
1 man was admitted to hospital suffering from mustard shell gas poisoning.
Orders were received for one company of this Battalion to move to Light Railway.
Rest camp at Sheet 27 Q25 a 6.8 (near EECKE) on the 4th inst for rest.

3 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continues as before.
3 OR proceed on 10 days leave to England.
1 man was wounded but remains on duty.
2 men were admitted to hospital with sickness.
Operation order No 35 was issued at 6.15pm.

4 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continues as before, with the exception of 'D' Coy who proceeded by bus to Rest Camp near EECKE at 10. 0am for rest.
Rain very much hindering the work.
1 man was admitted to the hospital sick.
1 Sergeant was killed an 4 OR were wounded (C Coy).
1 OR was admitted to hospital wounded.
2 Officers and 1 OR proceeded on leave for England.

5 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
The Coys continued their tasks as before.
3 OR proceeded on leave to England.

6 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work was continued as before.
1 man of B Coy was killed by shell fire and 5 men of C Coy were wounded.
3 men were admitted to hospital with sickness.

7 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
The parties proceeded as before and continued work as before, rain much hindered the work.
2 men were wounded.
3 men proceeded on leave. 2Lt C Millward reported for duty.
A draft of 4 casuals arrived.

8 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work was continued by all Companies on the WESTHOEK RIDGE (J 7 b).
3 men proceeded on leave.
2 Men were admitted to hospital.
Orders for the Battn to move forward were cancelled.

9 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continued as before.
3 men proceed on leave.
2 men were wounded and 2 men were sent to hospital sick.
Warning was received that one Company was to relieve 'D' at Rest Camp EECKE on the 13th inst (Sheet 27 a 6.8)

10 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continued as before.
1 Officer and 2 OR proceeded on leave.
2 men were sent to Hospital sick.

11 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
The three Companies continued working on their tasks.
A draft of 4 OR arrived.
3 men proceeded on 10 days leave.
3 men were wounded at work and 1 man was sent to Hospital sick.

12 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
A, B and C Coys continued work as before.
D Coy returned from rest camp.
O order No 36 issued.
3 men were wounded at work.
3 men proceeded on leave to England.

13 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
B and C Coys worked as usual.
D Coy took over work of A Coy, who proceeded to LR Rest Camp EECKE. (Sheet 27 Q 25 a. 6. 8.).
3 men proceeded on 10 days leave.
4 men were sent to the Base to await Medical Board.
1 Sergeant and 4 men were killed yesterday by shell fire on the work, while 16 men were wounded. All were B Coy.
2 men were sent to Hospital sick.

14 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
The companies worked as usual.
3 men proceeded on leave.
2 men were admitted to Field Ambulance sick. 12 were wounded.
Operation Order No. 37 ordering the move of 3 Coys to billets in YPRES, was issued at 8.0 pm.

15 October 1917. Dickesbusch.
Work continued as before.
B,C and D Coys moved into skeleton houses in YPRES and started constructing them into billets.
A draft of 4 Officers and 12 OR joined the Battalion.
2 men were killed in action and 5 were wounded.
1 man was sent to England for commission.
2 men were admitted into Field Ambulance sick.
3 men proceeded on 10 days leave.

16 October 1917. Ypres.
The work continues as before.
3 men proceed on leave to England.
2 men were wounded, but remained at duty.
1 man was admitted to Hospital sick.

17 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
2 Officers and 1 OR proceed on leave.
3 men were admitted to Hospital sick, and 1 gassed.

18 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
Instructions were received from the ADLR Second Army for 'C' Coy to relieve 'A' Coy at the Rest Camp EECKE on the 22nd inst.
3 men proceed on leave to England.

19 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
3 men were wounded and 3 were admitted to Hospital sick.
4 men proceeded on leave to England.

20 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
O Order No 36 was issued ordering the change of Coys at the Rest Camp on the 22nd inst.
2 men were wounded and 3 men were admitted to Hospital sick.

21 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
3 men proceed on leave.
2 men were admitted to Hospital sick and 3 wounded.

22 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
'C' Coy relieved 'A' Coy at the Rest Camp EECKE according to orders.
Notification was received that Capt J.B. Scott MO RAMC, Spec Reserve had been awarded the MILITARY CROSS.

23 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
A shell dropped amongst a party of D Coy, whilst at work, resulting in the death of 8 men, 1 officer and 10 wounded (4 Died of wounds).
An accident occurred during the erection of billets in YPRES, by the falling in of a wall in a ruined house. One man was killed and one injured.
3 men proceeded on leave to England
Notification was received that LIEUT COL C. TURNER was ordered a Medical Board in England.

24 October 1917. Ypres.
Work continues as before.
A draft of 4 OR arrived from the Base.
3 men proceeded on leave.
1 man was killed in action.
2 men were admitted to Hospital wounded and 4 were admitted sick.



Drawing ballast in the vicinity of Ypres with an American 'Cook' engine, No. 1217, manned by personnel of the 17th Australian Light Railway Operating Company
Drawing ballast in the vicinity of Ypres with an American
'Cook' engine, No. 1217, manned by personnel of the 17th Australian
Light Railway Operating Company. October 1917
Note the bomb and shrapnel-damaged buildings and trees.
Image Source Australian War Memorial


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