Archive Content: Personal diary, Salonika, Feb-Apr 1917



  • Item Type
    Diary
  • Owner of Item
    RWM Brecon
  • Surname
    Burns
  • Forenames
    W.A.
  • Rank
    Captain
  • Regiment
    South Wales Borderers
  • Battalion
    Not Known
  • War
    World War One
  • Area of Conflict
    Salonika
  • Date of Letter
    11/02/1917
  • Title
    Personal diary, Salonika, Feb-Apr 1917
  • Description
    Capt W.A. Burns served in Salonika (Greece) during WWI.
  • Total Number of Pages
    1
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    Sun 11th
    For walk with Meredith in afternoon. Met Bisdee at 111 Coy ASC.

    Mon 12th
    Genl Gordon, M.S. + Wortham to Corps Conference.

    Tues 13th
    Miserable day, wet. Office all day.

    Thur 15th
    Very windy.

    Fri 16th
    Short walk after lunch with Meredith.
    Fine.

    Sat 17th
    Topping warm summer’s day.

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    Sun 18th
    Topping sunny day.
    Stroll with Meredith in afternoon.

    Thur 22nd
    Genl Gordon to Salonika, Genl Cooke in to Div.
    Short stroll with Meredith to canteen + round.

    Fri 23rd
    Stroll with Meredith.

    Sat 24th
    Meredith left with 5th Leave Party: acting DAAT QMG.
    [Genl Cooke returned to Bde. On return MGC from Salonika].

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    Sun 25th
    Flooded out with papers.

    Friday 2nd March
    March Despatches sent off.

    MEMO
    Bombarded with papers.
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    Sun 4th
    Stroll with Holroyd.

    Tues 6th
    Stroll with Armitage + Holroyd – canteen + round.
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    Fri 30th
    Sausage brought down in flames by Boche plane – two men landed successfully in parachutes.

    MEMOS
    Topping warm, sunny weather.
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    Fri 6th Apr
    Boch bombing squadron bombed Karasonli – good effort.

    Sat 7th
    Boche plane brought down Kilindir. Jaunt round Railhead, Canteen etc.
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    Sun 8th
    Holiday for Bns – not for Div HQ!! Boch bombing squadron bombed Janes. Dined in ‘A’ Mess! Draft 250 men arrived unexpected at 2am.

    Mon 9th
    [Dibben?] + Huntley to B Mess to dinner.

    Tues 10th
    Busy day.

    Wed 11th
    Bumph.

    Thur 12th
    In all day.

    Fri 13th
    Up to 420, + 26th Div, DAAG with Armitage.
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    Tues 17th
    Mails, 2 letters T, 1 Home, 1 Won[?], 1 Bent + papers..

    Wed 18th
    Col Wortham to Salonika.

    Fri 20th
    Col. Wortham returned from Salonika.

    Sat 21st
    M.G.C presented medal ribbon brooches. [Col. Grimwood Div included].

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    Sun 22nd Apr
    Bombardment commenced. Boche planes in abundance.

    Mon 23rd
    Boch planes.

    Tues 24th
    Night 24/25. 66 Bde took 4 ½, Mame[lor?] + 380 and consolidated the pos[ition?]. Counter attacks beaten off.

    Wed 25th
    Consolidating. Counter attacks.

    Thur 26th
    Ditto.

    Sat 28th
    Night; 65th Bde up to relieve 66th .

    MEMO
    Busy with casualties. 66 Bde repulsed 10 counters in 3 nights.
    8 prisoners; all objectives taken – not by 26th Div.