Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:28 pm
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The 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) were raised on formation of the Guards Division in early 1915 when the Grenadier, Coldstream and Irish Guards raised one battalion each and the Welsh Guards were created in February with one battalion and a reserve battalion at home thus bringing the Guards division up to 13 battalions. The 4th Coldstream were designated Pioneers and their role would have been to "construct field works, to keep in good repair the roads and approaches to the immediate front, and to assist the Royal Engineers in the many duties that trench warfare imposed upon them"
A list of the officers can be found in the Regimental History
The Guards Division were in reserve at Loos and when required were directed to Noeux Les Mines but owing to congestion moving up, were not in action until after midnight ie 26th September. The 4th Battallion did not arrive before 1.15 pm. The 3rd Brigade were in action near the Chalk Pit where No 2 Company of the 4th Battalion Coldstream assisted the Scots Guards entrenching during their relief of the Welsh Guards as they attempted to consolidate their gains under severe artillery fire
On 3rd October the 1st and 3rd Guards Brigates were in action near the Quarries and at Hihenzollern Redoubt the trenches were in poor repair and very shallow. The 4th were attached to the 1st Guards Brigade to help restore them
2 and 4 Companies of the 4th kept the 2nd Guards Brigade supplied with bombs and ammunition under "a searching fire" during the counter attack on the 8th October
Hope that helps