1 February 1917

Extract from war diary of LCpl Alexander Saunders, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[In Mesopotamia]

Went over the top this day.

Went into front line about 5am to breakfast about 7:30. Over the top at 9:50. Captured two lines of trenches and consolidated some. Relieved about midnight. March into camp stay there till 9pm. March to position to support 14D. (½ Biscuits ½ bread)

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Three enemy aeroplanes appeared over Poperinghe this morning whilst we were busy at Flag Drill. They were soon in the midst of a cloud of little white puffs of shrapnel shells from our anti-aircraft guns. Three of ours suddenly appeared from nowhere and there was soon a ding dong fight going. One plane was brought down in flames, but the other two made off for home. An unpleasant sensation for the first time to see an aeroplane come hurtling down from the blue. Though the fight seemed directly overhead, we heard later that the plane dropped at Elverdinghe, a couple of miles away.

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