31 August 1918

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

DRANOUTRE

The advance continued slowly through the night, although it was very dark and pouring with rain making the country extremely difficult to recognise.   By 8am the Battalion had passed through DRANOUTRE.  We took up a line running 1,400 yards N E of NEUVE EGLISE from T.7.b.3.4 (Sheet 28 SW. 1/20,000) and it was here that we met strong enemy resistance in the shape of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.  The enemy was holding the system of trenches on the top of ridge.

One Company advanced as far as the railway running through T.8.a.5.4. but was ultimately forced to fall back owing to the intense fire. At dusk we were relieved by the 7th.R.Irish Rgt. and returned to CANADA CORNER area.

Our casualties were extremely light in spite of the heavy hostile shelling throughout the latter part of the day.

1 officer & 4 OR Killed.   16 OR wounded.   1 officer & 2 OR Sick.

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