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The 26th Division 12th (Service) Battalion The Hampshire Regiment WW1

Formed at Winchester, October 1914, as part of K3 October 1914 : attached to 79th Brigade along with the 10th Devons, 8th D.C.L.I. and 7th Wiltshire. To the 26th Division which moved to France.

First Commander was Colonel Walker who came from the Indian Army where he commanded the 20th (Brownlow's) Punjabis. Started off based in Basingstoke, then Bathwick near Bath, then Sutton Veney near Warminister leaving Sutton Veney on Sept. 20th with 30 officers and 883 other ranks leaving Southampton for Havre Arrived in France on 26th Sept. entrained for Longeau where three marches took them to Gentelles. After 10 days training went to Cachy on Oct. 8th initiated to trench warfare they suffered no casualties, returned to Gentelles for further training. A move to Cardonette on Oct. 21st. Then Chipilly where its Division was selected to go to Salonica so the 12th marched back to Beaucourt and spent a week. On the 11th of November 29 Officers and 845 men entrained at Longeau for Marseilles once there the battalion embarked on the S.S. Canada sailing for Alexandra on November 15th 1915. Then reaching Macedonia, Salonica on November 25th after ten days at sea and began building defenses and training in the hills.

The Battalion was at Lembet camp most of December then moved forward to take over Langaza Village on the 20th Dec. acting as an advanced post. This they repeated a number of times up until June1916. In June they moved to Dremiglava, Northwest of Langaza. After a fortnight there they moved to a camp Summerhill. At the end of May the Germans and Bulgarians advanced into the Struma valley which forced the hand of the British commander-in-chief, General Milne into using the tenth division to relieve the twenty-six which had been placed between Tumba and Aivatli now moved West and formed the Army reserve . General Sarrail then announced his intention to go on the offensive and this lead General Milne's agreeing to taking over the allied line from the mouth of the Dtruma virtually to Lake Doiran. The 10th Division advanced to the Struma early in June The 26th remain in the old defence line until the end of July.

The 26th Div. then took up positions on the left of the 12th Corps front from Kilindir to just North of Lake Ardzanr. The 12th Hamps were located at Mihalova, NE. of Lake Ardzan were they spent three weeks in reserve. They did move forward after a false alarm brought the reserve battalions forward to cover an attack which never happened. The 12th Hamps remained encamped in a ravine near Kalinova were large work parties were found to assist the Devons and Wiltshires in entrenching. On Sept. 2nd the 12th Hamps moved up to take the line relieving the Wiltshire at Cademli which was quiet except for artillery exchanges which inflicted three casualties in eight days two more being from patrols one fatal (the battalions first loss in action). September 10th to the 17th found the battalion in support near Kalinova then back in the front line for a week doing patrol which penetrated to Goldie's Hill near Dautli and found it very strongly held. One patrol ran into trouble losing a number of men. Its next turn in the front line was from October 2nd to the 9th and again did patrols gaining some very useful information, then on the night of October 11th "D" Company raided Goldie's Hill with "C" Company in support and "A" and "B" as flank guards. D went forward behind a barrage and the enemy bolted and one prisoner was taken. The enemy then started to shell the hill and the 12th retired suffering one casualty. The 12th Hamps were again in the front line from Oct. 18th to the 27th in which a patrol had another encounter around Goldie's Hill.

The 22nd Division took over the sector and the 26th Div relieved the French nearer the Lake. The 12th Hamps and the Wiltshires shared the right trenches on Hampshire ridge with a routine of 8 days in and 8 days out the enemy shelled a little each day which caused 6 being killed by the end of the year.

In February one company did a faint to locate enemy positions so the Devons could raid Petit Couronne the next day in which the Devons lost 120 men ammunition problems made them retire through the hampshire's position on Rockley and Silbury Hills which brought artillery fire to bear on them causing 2 Hampshire casualties. In the second part of March 1917 the battalion moved back well behind the lines for special training. After two weeks in the training camp the Hampshire went in reserve behind the front line patrols examined the Jumeaux Ravine which an attack would have to cross. Then after dark on the 23rd April the 12th Hamps moved up for the Divisions attack its objective being East of of the Petit Couronne and astride a wide gully, Wylye Ravine. On the 24th April 8.15 pm the hampshire started to move forward to the assemble position when it was caught in an enemy barrage a half hour before zero hour. This cause the Hampshire to be moving to the assembly point when our barrage lifted and the enemy opened up causing heavy casualties the narrow ravine doubling the effect of the shells, some men of the right company did manage to get to there objective only to have a barrage brought to bear on them and to be in enfiladed from there right. The Hand full of men that made it to the Objective were either killed or taken prisoner the remnants of the battalion made it back to the rallied point. The 12th Hampshire lost 15 officers and 249 men hit, the Devons lost 400 and the Wiltshire over 300.

The next day saw the battalion in camp at Piton Rocheux. Drafts of 100 men arrived from an entrenching battalion but the brigade was unfit for further activity and was ordered to take over the Independent brigade frontage on the Krusha Ridge East of Lake Doiran a really quiet sector. The Hampshire moved first to Sal Grec Avance were 5 officers and 309 men replenished there ranks and had to relieve the 2nd East Yorkshire in the left center of the frontage from Popovo Dere on the left to a point opposite Caukli. This location provided a large no mans land and patrols were sent out on a regular bases but the enemy gave few openings for contact. That June found the Hampshire with there left on the river and facing Macukovo. The enemys line was strong but no mans land still invited patrols, here the Hampshire rotated with the 10th Devons in holding the line and being in reserve when it was in a pleasantly sited camp on a hill overlooking the Vardar. One patrol on June 26th encountered the enemy at Piton I' Eglise, having three men wounded.


Battles and Engagements

France and Flanders.

Did not take part in any major actions.


Horseshoe Hill (S.W. of Dojran). 10-18 Apr 1916.

Battle of Dojran. 24-25 Apr and 8-9 May 1917.

Battle of Dojran. 18-19 Sep 1918.
Persuit to the Strumica Valley. 22-28 Sep 1918.