16 July 1917

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

Forward camp

Training as usual during morning.  Musketry practice on range.

Battalion moved to Springvale Camp near Ecurie during afternoon.

Very clear day and German observation balloons could be easily discerned.

Battalion arrived in Springvale Camp about 3 p.m. – ample and splendid accommodation for all ranks in Huts.

About 8-30 pm. warning order received from Brigade stating we must be prepared to move at dawn to Roberts Camp.

About 10pm. Brigade operation order received with instructions to proceed to Roberts Camp forthwith.  The Germans had apparently observed the movement of troops during relief and shelled Wolseley Camp immediately it had been handed over by this Battalion to 16th R. Warwick Regt, causing them to vacate it.

2/Lieut A.M. LEWIS proceeded to England on leave.

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