8 July 1917

Extract from war diary of 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Neuve Eglise

During the 8th the enemy shelled the line of posts also the vicinity of Battalion Head Quarters   O.27.c.   The shelling was exceptionally heavy at times and at 6 p.m. a heavy bombardment was opened on the right and on the line of posts held by the battalion.   The enemy did not attack on the Battalion front and by 8 p.m. all was quiet.     At 8.30 p.m. the enemy again opened a very heavy bombardment on our posts and all communication was rendered impossible.    Some Australians who have retired through our posts reported that the enemy was attacking and that our line of posts had fallen.   By 11 p.m., however, communication was restored and the line of posts was found

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