Extract from war diary of 9th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
During the tour in the trenches continuous preparations for an offensive were being made, and the artillery bombardment of the hostile trenches and positions became very heavy at times. The enemy’s retaliation to this was slight except at intervals during the night when he would commence to shell the rear communications. The trenches suffered very little, only one casualty was caused to the battn; although, on occasions working and carrying parties assembling on the roads and tracks near Bn. H.Q. suffered heavily. The delay to the Regtl. Ration transport was comparatively slight. 64 O.R. reinforcements reported arrival.