This is a transcription of the War Diary of the 23rd Service Battalion, Manchester Regiment (104th Brigade, 35th Division).
From 1907 the War Office Field Service Regulations required that all units on active service must keep an up-to-date record of events. The War Diary was to be written up each day by an appointed junior officer and signed off, at the end of the month, by the battalion’s commanding officer.
I began transcribing this text whilst researching my great-grandfather’s war. I found it useful to have a searchable (and less eye-straining) version to refer to. Having spent a few weeks unravelling some slightly challenging handwriting, I figured that I might as well make this available on line, just in case it might assist anybody else’s research project.
All transcribing errors are my own – please do let me know if you spot one and I’ll put it right.
A scanned image of the original diary is available to download at the National Archives website (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk), catalogue reference: WO 95/2484.