Moderators - Query on diary of *3rd Divisional Troops 3rd Divisional Train (15/21/22/29 Coy’s ASC) 1 Sept 1915-31st Dec 1915.
This diary page 211, states in the heading for this section that it is the Diary of Supply Officer 7th Infantry Brigade 3rd Division. Page signed by Lt. Basil L Pearson ASC-SO 7th Infantry Brigade 3rd Division. Profile page 1165. Link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003tch
On page 212 his signature states the 7th Brigade. Profile page 1166 Link:
On page 213 states the 76th Brigade. Profile page 1167 Link: https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003wnu
Page 214 states the 76th Brigade. Profile page Link: 1168 https://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD0003rlp
Page 215 states the 76th Brigade. Profile page Link: 1169
By the way before this section began, which has included other sections before this section, there was a cover page No. 189 – too far back to give you the profile page number – Covering dairies:- SSO 3rd Division/SO Divisional Train HQ Coy/SO 7th Brigade 2nd Coy/8th Brigade 3rd Coy/9th Brigade 4th Coy. I also have a note regarding this particular *diary in May 1915 for a certain section of it saying: New author of diary Lt. B. L. Pearson ASC SO 7th Infantry Brigade. Made this note in connection with this diary but for the month of May 1915 when I tagged it earlier – probably at the end of it, 29-31st May 1915.
I have tagged the person page as Lt. Basil L Pearson ASC-SO 7th Infantry Brigade - Author of Diary. I think the Author has just made an error when writing – it looks like the figure 6 after the 7.
by cyngast moderator
The change from the 7th Inf. Bde. to the 76th Inf. Bde. is actually pretty easy to explain. On 18 October, 1915, the 7th Inf. Bde. moved to the 25th Division while the 76th Inf. Bde. moved from the 25th Division to the 3rd Division. In other words, they traded places. This page from The Long, Long Trail explains the change in the 3rd Division's battle order. http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/3rd-division/
Lt. Pearson was not actually a member of the 7th Inf. Bde. but was an ASC officer attached to the 3rd Division, so he remained with the 3rd Division and picked up his same duties with the 76th Bde. when it joined the 3rd Division.
The cover page you mention just lists the five diaries of the 3rd Divisional Supply Train. There was one kept by the Senior Supply Officer who was in overall command of the train; one kept by the Supply Officer of the company assigned to Headquarters, which you can think of as the 1st Coy.; and one each for each of the three brigades in the division.
I find it really useful to use the pages on The Long, Long Trail that outline the battle order for each division when I tag units such as supply trains, signal companies, or engineers. It helps me keep which battalions are in which brigade straight in my mind, and they alert me to any changes such as the one here where the two brigades changed places.
Thanks for your reply Cynthia and the links. I generally do a google search for Divisions just by typing in say 6th Division WW1 and the results will come up for the Division in question and generally include on the same page more links to that Division in question.