1 August 1917

Extract from war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

St Julien

Battalion consolidating position gained previous day and making strong points under continuous hostile shell and machine gun fire.  Operations were held up owing to the very inclement weather, everywhere having become a quadmire [sic], and considerable difficulty was experienced in the getting up of rations and supplies.  During the evening the Battalion was relieved and moved back to the trenches in “X” Lines, 3 Officers and 57 Other ranks strong.

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

Westhoek Ridge

On the morning of the 1st about 7 a.m. the Battalion moved up from the position of readiness in RAILWAY WOOD and relieved the 2nd Batt. West Yorkshire Regt., who were holding the line on the WESTHOEK Ridge. During the whole of this tour the weather remained very bad and the trenches, where they existed, were knee deep in water. A large number of casualties were caused by enemy shell fire which was exceptionally heavy throughout the tour.

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