28 June 1917

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

Trenches

The morning was wet but otherwise quiet, but at 5-10 p.m. enemy again put down a barrage rather heavier than on proceeding day.  One casualty was caused.  At 7-10 p.m. the assault was launched, Order of battle from right to left.

16th R. Warwicks Regt, 1st Cheshire Regt, 1st Norfolk Regt, 1st Bedford Rgt.

The battalion objective was southern half of OPPY WOOD and 200x to south.  Two companies made the assault, C on right and D on the left, B in support and A in Reserve.

The objectives were all gained without any serious opposition and a large number of Germans killed (about 70), very few prisoners were taken.  Our casualties were 3 officers wounded, 10 Other Ranks killed and 40 wounded.

Captain T.F. Robertson commanding “C” Coy 2/Lt R.L. Dampier-Bennett and 2/Lt E.J. Jones were the officers wounded.

Half an hour after the assault a terrific thunderstorm occurred and every one was wet to the skin.

In spite of this the work of consolidation was carried out and by morning the trenches were in a fairly good condition.  No counter attack was made by the enemy and the night passed quietly. Capt. Groves came up and took over ‘C’ Coy.

See O.C’s No 75076 attached.

2 German light machine guns, 08/15 pattern were taken and 5 light trench mortars.  In addition large quantities of equipment, rifles, bombs and S.A.A.

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