17 Men on Mumps Quarantine

Battalion Diary – February 19, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

8:00am  Brigade duty Battalion. Every man was used on these duties.

Transport Section commenced 30-day course of instruction in Transport Work.

One (1) Officer and 8 other ranks went On Command, Crowborough to attend Trench Warfare School.

Seventy-three (73) other ranks returned from Ash Ranges and placed under Quarantine as Mumps contacts.

Three (3) men transferred to 17th Reserve Battalion.

Strength increased by 23 other ranks (Category A3) from the 25th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.

Note: Category A3 soldiers are those “casualties fit as soon as they were hardened by exercise.” This would include those recovering from wounds received on the battlefield, those affected by disease and medical conditions.1

161st Hurons Buzzing with Activity

Battalion Diary – February 9, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

8:00am  Medical inspection of men drafted from the 17th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott. All underage, classed A4

1:30 pm  Route march – 9 miles

Battalion is very short of junior officers and in an endeavour to remedy this the Office Commanding has taken the matter up with Brigade Headquarters.

Application was also made for the transfer of Lieutenant W.E. O’Neill from the 64th Battalion, Shoreham, England and of Lieutenant G.M. Smith, 6th Reserve Battalion, Sandling.

Battalion Messing Accounts – Messes and quarters inspected by Colonel Coutenay, who reported everything to his satisfaction.

161st Takes on 102 Underage Soldiers to Train

Battalion Diary – February 8, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

Bombing Officer could not complete the training of the men under him as “live” grenades were not procurable. The Signalling Section was given a test at Brigade Headquarters.

Taken on strength: 102 other ranks (Category A4) from the 17th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.

Note: Category A4 ranks were “boys who would be fit as soon as they reached 19 years of age.”