20 May 1917

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

About 300 of us were marched down to Poperinghe in the evening for a free show of our 39th Divl. Entertainment Party. It was quite a good show. Divisional staff were thick in the front rows, and there was enough gold braid to serve as footlights. They received many sly digs from the stage, referring principally to Leaves, Baths and Divisional Rest.

On getting back to camp that evening, I found a letter from Pat saying what a good time he was having, and informing me by postscript, that the huts at the Signal School had been limewashed since I left there. I have not yet known him long enough to judge whether this was unconscious or deliberate.

Extract from war diary of 13th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Aldershot Camp, near Neuve Eglise

Church services etc.

2nd Lieut McCullagh went out on patrol to reconnoitre “No mans land”, while returning he and his orderly lost direction and eventually reached the enemy’s lines just as dawn was breaking.  They decided to spend the hours of daylight in the German line which they did.  No enemy came anywhere near them.  They returned to our lines immediately darkness set in.

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

Mail up!  Letter M.R. not one from home.  Auntie Mary sends me a parcel with socks in, just the thing I need, also biscuits and a good cake.

Last night the Turks had “wind up” a little but no damage is done.

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