|January 1917||9th Battn in the line at Beaumont Hamel with relief billets at Bertrancourt where the time was spent unloading trains at Beaussant siding.|
Weather very cold. Heavy snow on 15th
|24th Jan||To billets in Beauguerne. 175 men joined from the depot.
Battn now numbered 1066 all ranks.
|Feb 1917||Billets in Halloy.|
Practice attack using the Brigade training area above Pernois.
Lt.Col Storey o/c.
8th Devons beat the 9th in Brigade competitions 3 – 1
Lecture on war loan.
|12 Feb||Church parade followed by bayonet demonstration.|
Firing practice on range, ‘firing while in motion.’
|13 Feb||Practice in ‘the assault’.|
|14 Feb||Practice on the ranges. Baths at Canaples.|
Finals of bayonet fighting and bomb throwing competitions (won by 9th)
|15 Feb||Practice for the Divisional Review.|
Finals of inter-platoon marching and shooting contest.
|16 Feb||Halloy to Beauval for the Divisional Review.|
|17 Feb||7th Div review by General Nivelle.|
|18 Feb||Church parade|
|19 Feb||Practice in the assault|
|20 Feb||Beauval to Punchervillers|
|21 Feb||Finals Brigade Boxing and Cross-Country run. 9th won lightweight boxing.|
Gas helmets tested
|22 Feb||Moved to Arqueres|
|23 Feb||Unloading duties|
|24 Feb||Mopping up practice|
|25 Feb||Move back to Bertrancourt in readiness to move up the line.|
|28 Feb||Move to camp in Noailly Mallet (sic?) Mailly Malet ?|
|1 March||Working parties on light railway and at Auchonvilliers|
|2 March||Brigade support in White City and Burh Work|
|3 March||Light railway work and taking pack transport to front line.|
Salvaging of equipment.
CO and Coy. Commanders recce of front line.
|4-18 March||Remained in support.|
2 men injured by rifle-grenade explosion during practice.
11th March: 3 killed, 6 wounded on working parties.
12th March: 5 wounded road making.
|18 March||Moved to dugouts and shelters at Mouse Point.|
Working party on Serre Road.
|21 March||Moved to Ervillers, relieving 1st Gordons.|
|22 March||In line in front of Mory. Pushed posts forward towards Ecoust which was held strongly by the enemy. 9 men wounded.|
|23 March||Posts pushed further forward towards Ecoust. 1 killed, 10 wounded.|
Enemy attacked an advanced post during the night. 3 enemy killed.
|24 March||British aeroplane brought down behind No. 2 Coy., both airmen unhurt.|
Enemy plane brought down.
5 men wounded.
|25 March||Still in line in front of Mory. Patrols report enemy still holding Ecoust.
1 man killed.
|26 March||Patrols continued. 9 killed, 8 wounded.|
Relieved by 8th Devons and moved back to Ervillers, into huts.
|28 March||Ervillers to billets in Courcelles and then to Ablaizenville. Remained in rest until April 1st.|
March casualties: 1 Officer killed, 14 ORs killed, 4 ORs wounded.
Strength 46 officers, 948 ORs.
|1 April||Moved into line in front of Ecoust.|