for a nucleus of 1 platoon to move forward to the ROUCY-BOUINGNEREUX line and about 8.30 am remainder of Battalion moved forward. 11th Cheshires on our left. 7th Brigade one our right. 8th Borders in support. Enemy aircraft was remarkably active from 5 am to 7 am. The village of ROMAIN, where Battalion details were billeted, was frequently shelled during the early morning and several casualties were sustained. In consequence these details withdrew to transport lines about 1½ miles South of the village. No information was received from Battalion but the enemy was reported to be advancing rapidly and about 8.30 pm Transport moved to bivouac on FISMES-JONCHERY road about 1½ miles West of latter place; it again moved at 11.30 pm.
Tuesday 28 May
Roads much congested with traffic, movement very slow. Transport arrived in vicinity of CRUGNY about 5 am, remaining till 2 pm when it moved to bivouac about 1 mile South of LHERY arriving about 6 pm. No news was received of the Battalion, but it was reported that companies had been disorganised by enemy’s heavy attack and that small parties were scattered about among other units. It was also reported that many casualties had been sustained and that amongst them Lieut Colonel T.B. ALLSOPP had been killed. No news of the Battalion could be obtained although efforts were made to get in touch and receive rations – these had to be dumped for the benefit of any units requiring them.
Wednesday 29 May
Transport moved off under sudden orders at 5 am via ROMIGNY to bivouac at PASSY-GRIGNY arriving at 10.30 am. Movement very slow owing to enormous traffic on roads. Moving off at 2 pm transport arrived at a camp on North bank of the MARNE about 1 mile North of PORT à BINSON and halted for the night. Still no news of Battalion.
Thursday 30 May
Transport left camp at 4 am and having crossed the MARNE, marched along the South bank due West and bivouaced about 7 am in vicinity of VASSIEUX, N.E. of DORMANS. By this time a muster of stragglers had been collected, these included 4 officers and 74 other ranks. Still no news of the Battalion but further reports were received to the effect that the enemy was advancing rapidly and that many more casualties had been sustained, including Captain J.R. BEALL M.C. adjutant reported wounded. At 3.45 pm the stragglers referred to above moved to Division Head Quarters at LA CHAPEL about 4 miles further South where they were to join a composite Battalion in process of formation. This party moved under command of Major A.J. STATURE who had become detached from the Battalion on 27th. Transport also moved at same time, proceeding East along South bank of MARNE to PORT à BINSON, thence S.E to bivouac about 1 mile S.E. of CHENE LA REINE, arriving about 7.30 pm. During this move a few more stragglers were collected but no definite news of the Battalion could be obtained.