7 March 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[At Bombay, en route to Mesopotamia]

Reville 6am. Tea as soon as up. Parade 6.30 sharp. March then physical exercises until 7.30. Breakfast to 9am. O/Cs inspection at 9am to see if our clothes were a proper fit. All measured yesterday before issued. Quite different to the way they issue clothing at home. After inspection, squad drill until 12 noon. Commencing just like raw recruits and not rushed in the least. Officers and NCOs seem quite a decent lot. CO spoke nicely to use and said that if we behaved ourselves we would be made very comfortable. Skill every half hour during drill, standing at ease nearly half the time. Finished at 1 for the day. Finished my letter that I started in the ship and fixed up the tent and made it quite respectable. We really are very comfortable up to now and have nothing to grumble at.

Walked to village after sunset. Rather a quaint place and a very peculiar sight to me. Wrote home.

Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Trenches, Cambrin sector

Combined Trench Mortar shoot, to stop enemy sniping, carried out at 4.P.M., 4.45.P.M., 7.P.M., and 11.P.M.  Several Germans seen running to cover.  2 killed.  Sgt WOOD, “B” Company, sniped through the spine at 10.A.M.  Enemy activity at night practically NIL.


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