Monday, 1 February 2016

Field State of the 8th Battalion

Tuesday 1st February 1916: We have received from the adjutant the field state of the 8th Battalion as of yesterday. This gives an interesting insight into the strength of an infantry battalion at any one time, bearing in mind the theoretical strength of an infantry battalion is just over 1,000 men. The figures are as follows:

Total Casualties: 7 Other Ranks killed; 1 Officer and 11 Other Ranks wounded during January
Total Wastage: Sick 2 Officers and 66 Other Ranks

Strength Available:  21 Officers, 4 Warrant Officers, 24 Sergeants, 34 Corporals, 66 Lance Corporals,  426 Other Ranks – Total 21 Officers, 554 Other Ranks

In Hospital:  4 Officers, 1 Sergeant, 4 Lance Corporals,  38 Other Ranks
- Total 4 Officers 43 Other Ranks

On leave: 2 Officers, 2 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 5 Lance Corporals, 19 Other Ranks
- Total 2 Officers, 27 Other Ranks

On Command: 1 Officer, 2 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 7 Lance Corporals, 38 Other Ranks
- Total 1 Officer, 48 Other Ranks

Transport: 1 Officer, 1 Sergeant, 3 Corporals, 2 Lance Corporals, 43 Other Ranks
- Total 1 Officer, 49 Other Ranks

Machine Gunners: 1 Officer, 1 Sergeant, 2 Corporals, 4 Lance Corporals, 64 Other Ranks
- Total 1 Officer, 71 Other Ranks

Total: 30 Officers, 4 Warrant Officers, 31 Sergeant, 41 Corporals, 88 Lance Corporals, 628 Other Ranks
- Total: 30 Officers, 792 Other Ranks

Nominal Roll of Officers serving with Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel H C Jackson, Commanding
Major J S Siddell, 2nd in Command
Captain R B L Hatch, Commanding C Company
Captain D M Hawkins
Captain W T Pares, Commanding A Company
Captain R M Quillin, Commanding B Company
Captain E E Simeons, Commanding D Company
Lieutenant A J Jessopp
Lieutenant S N Mitchell
Lieutenant Airth
Lieutenant S N S Kennedy
Second Lieutenant F L Body, Transport Officer
Second Lieutenant H C Weston
Second Lieutenant E R W Draisley, Officer in charge of Machine Guns
Second Lieutenant  D W McMichael, Officer in charge of Bombers
Lieutenant S J Vipond
Second Lieutenant A M Fleming, Officer in charge, Signals
Second Lieutenant S L Hart
Second Lieutenant H Player
Second Lieutenant E U Hague
Second Lieutenant R R Martin
Second Lieutenant C Cartwright
Second Lieutenant R H Blackburn
Second Lieutenant J Hislop
Second Lieutenant H F Stevens, Adjutant

Lieutenant A A O'Connor, Medical Officer(1)

Source: X550/9/1

(1) Of these officers Simeons, Mitchell, Body, McMichael, Cartwright, Blackburn and Hislop would not survive the war.

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