Unit departed from Liverpool for Alexandrovsk (now Murmansk)
en route to Archangel.
1.1.1916 Came ashore at Alexandrovsk.
Jan-May 1916 Unable to progress due
to ice on the White Sea.
28.5.1916 Arrived in Archangel.
13.6.1916 Moved south across Russia
by train and arrived in Vladikavkaz (S.Russia) via Moscow.
Jul-Oct 1916 Moved by convoy south
west through Georgiai, Armenia, and into Turkey where
they first met the enemy in the form of Kurdish irregulars
and Turks. It was here that the Unit's first medals
27.11.1916 Moved north west by train
along the north of the Black Sea via Odessa and into
Rumania to help the Rumanians and Russians in trying
to stem the advance of Bulgarian forces into south west
November 1916 Travelled by barge up
the River Danube to confront the advancing Bulgarians.
Nov-Dec 1916 Fought a number of actions
against the Bulgarians but forced to withdraw to avoid
being outflanked by the German 9th Army which had defeated
the main Rumanian army in central Rumania and was advancing
south east towards the Black Sea coast to link up with
their Bulgarian allies.
Dec 1916-Jan 1917 Covered the Russian
withdrawal across the Russia/Rumania border and established
base in Tiraspol just across the Russian frontier.
Jan-Jun 1917 The Unit manned a section
of the front and were regularly in action against German/Bulgarian
March 1917 Outbreak of the Russian
Revolution. Subsequent to this, relations became strained
with their Russian allies. The RACD personnel were in
general sympathetic to the aims of the Revolution and
accepted the need for change, in Russian society. Their
desire however to continue the war and to attack the
enemy in the trenches was not shared by the Russian
troops, who had no heart for further losses. The end
result on 20 May 1917 was a serious brawl outside the
British billets in which one Russian soldier and one
English rating were killed.
June 1917 Left Tiraspol and moved
north by train to Galicia (Austria) to assist the Russians
in a major offensive planned by the new Provisional
Government and under the command of General Brusilov.
1.7.1917 In action on the first day
of the offensive at Brzezany. Initial successes along
the front soon turned to a disorderly retreat as the
Russians could not muster reserve troops. This proved
to be the last Russian offensive of the Great War.
Jul-Aug 1917 Covered the withdrawal
of Russian forces on a 20 mile front earning the commendation
of General Kornilov (later to be a major figure in the
White Army in the Civil War) and the award of 24 Crosses
of St George for conspicuous gallantry in action.
August 1917 First draft (48 strong)
left for Archangel via Moscow.
September 1917 Main body (minus cars,
lorries, etc) followed the first draft.
Sep-Oct 1917 Arrivals
back in Britain.
December 1917 RACD barracks at Kursk
(W.Russia) raided by Bolsheviks. No bloodshed but RACD
personnel disabled their remaining cars and guns.
February 1918 Final draft left for
England having abandoned all their remaining equipment