Grenadier Guards’ War Diaries 1914 – 1918.
Each of the four Battalions of the Grenadier Guards maintained a War Diary in meticulous detail throughout the Great War. Similar in concept to a Ship’s Log, they recorded every aspect of the day-to-day Operations during more than four years of hard fighting.
The diaries were often compiled under extremely difficult circumstances in the trenches and the handwriting sometimes deteriorated due to the physical exhaustion of the diarist.
Great War Diaries has created accurate and faithful digital transcriptions of all four Battalion diaries. The transcriptions do two important things: they make the difficult handwriting easy to read and make the whole document word-searchable; finding a named individual or key event takes less than a fraction of a second. History at your fingertips.
Three in every ten Grenadier Guards would be killed during the War. The names of the 4,800 fatal casualties have been added to the diaries. For the first time it is possible to search for an individual and link him directly to specific dates in the diary. In addition the medal rolls recording the names of 15,600 Grenadier Guards who served during the Great War are being added to the diaries and will be updated automatically when done.
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The Grenadier Guards’ Battle Honours stand as grim testimony to their supreme efforts during the Great War. The following diaries record their experiences, day by day from 1914 to Armistice Day and beyond.
1st Bn Grenadier Guards.
The 1st Battalion initially served in the 20th Infantry Brigade, 7th Division landing at Zeebrugge on 7th October 1914. In August 1915 the Battalion formed part of the 3rd Guards Brigade, Guards Division and would remain with it to the end of the War.
Total Served 4,434
Total Fatalities 1,286
Fatality ratio 28%
1st Bn Grenadier Guards War Diary 1914-1919
2nd Bn Grenadier Guards.
The Battalion initially formed part of the 4th Guards Brigade, 2nd Division, landing in Le Havre on 13th August 1914. In August 1915 the Battalion transferred to the Guards Division, forming part of the 1st Guards Brigade where it remained for the rest of the War.
Total Served 4,431
Total Fatalities 1,435
Fatality ratio 32%
2nd Bn Grenadier Guards War Diary 1914 - 1919
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards.
The 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards formed part of the 2nd Guards Brigade, Guards Division and would remain with it to the end of the War.
Total Served 3,309
Total Fatalities 959
Fatality ratio 29%
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards War Diary 1915 - 1918
4th Bn Grenadier Guards.
The 4th Bn Grenadier Guards formed part of the 3rd Guards Brigade, Guards Division. In February 1918 it was transferred to the re-formed 4th Guards Brigade, part of 31st Division, and later formed part of GHQ Reserve.
Total Served 2,756
Total Fatalities 948
Fatality ratio 34%
4th Bn Grenadier Guards War Diary 1915 - 1919