War Diary of the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Salonika (Greece)
Location: KOMARJAN BRIDGE
|8th||Quiet all day, situation unchanged.|
|Quiet all day, situation unchanged.
Lt Col. Beckett DSO rejoined from Hospital.
|Note that officers are named in the diary.|
|10th||Quiet all day.|
|11th||Quiet all day, situation unchanged.|
|Parade, Church Service.
2 civilian prisoners (Greek) sent from AGOMAH by ‘Y’ Company having been discovered crawling through barbed wire.
|13th||Quiet all day.|
|14th||Quiet all day, situation unchanged.|
|15th||Situation unchanged, quiet all day.|
Location: KOMARJAN – OSMAN KAMILLA – PHEASANT WOOD – SALMAH
|17th||1400||Under orders to concentrate there, arrived at KOMARJAN village. C.O.s conference at Brigade HQ.||CO = Commanding Officer.
HQ = Headquarters
|1500||Received orders and proceeded to OSMAN KAMILLA.|
|1730||Received orders to proceed with 2 DCLI to PHEASANT WOOD.||DCLI = Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry|
|2330||Left OSMAN KAMILLA proceeded by 2 DCLI, marched as far as PHEASANT WOOD where Battalion halted, DCLI going forward.|
|0430||2/Lt Bryan & 5 ORs accompanying as patrol to return and report progress.||Officer named, OR = Other Ranks|
|0830||2/Lt Bryan reported that 2nd DCLI owing to superior force of the enemy’s rifle & machine gun fire were unable to cross the river in front of TUMBITSA CLIFTL and had to dig themselves in. he also reported one casualty whom he had left with 2nd DCLI||
To construct trenches
|0800||The Battn took up positions from the left of PHEASANT WOOD and acted as flank guard to 2nd DCLI and proceeded to dig in. During the day the enemy shelled PHEASANT WOOD and the left flank practically continuously, sustaining one casualty.||Battn/Bn /Batt = abbreviation for Battalion, a unit of 30 officers and 900 ORs|
|2100||Marched back to SALMAH where rations were to have been dumped.||Rations = Food stores.|
|2330||Arrived SALMAH to find rations were at KARKARASKA.|
Location: SALMAH – KARKARASKA
|18th||0530||Left SALMAH for KARKARASKA which line we were ordered to hold, placing detached posts of half company strength at 400 yard intervals.||Company = 250 soldiers organised into 4 Platoons|
|1200||Ordered to extend our line westwards as far as the ford (VIRANLI stream) and eastwards through KESPEKI to ADA|
|1330||COs conference at Brigade Battle HQ|
|1530||Village of KARKARASKA, where Battn HQ were, was shelled. No casualties.|
|1730||Companies took over new line as ordered.|
Location: KARKARASKA – JENIMAH
|19th||0130||Ordered to entrench village ADA. Working party of 80 DCLI being supplied. Quiet all night.|
|0630||Battn concentrated at SALMAH where it remained in reserve. Quiet all day.|
|1730||Left SALMAH and proceeded to JENIMAH where Battn was billeted in houses in the village for the night. Quiet all night.|
|20th||Quiet all day.|
|1000||CO & Coy Officers went round line at BETLIKMAH now held by a Greek Bn||Coy = Abbreviation for Company|
|21st||Quiet all day, situation unchanged.|
|22nd||Very foggy. Ordered to post picquets north, south & east of the village. Quiet all day. Situation unchanged.||Picquets = sentry posts in front of own lines.|
|23rd||Quiet all day. Picquets remaining out. Situation unchanged.|