20 October 1918

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

AELBEKE

At 7 am Battalion moved off to the attack in a SE direction, for the final objective at HELGHIN on the river ESCAULT, a distance of about 10 miles.

During the advanced guard action the Battalion kept in close touch with the retreating enemy.  His rear guards made a determined stand at RUDDERVOORDE and MEULEKEN, with machine gun detachments, but these were overcome by flank guard action.  The enemy then fell back on the ridge SW of ST GENOIS where he had a nest of machine guns strongly wired, and from this commanding position he was able to sweep the whole of the area.   The enemy artillery also came more into action at this point firing all calibres from 77mm to 8″.   Our advance was held up till night, when the point of the advanced guard reinforced by “C” Coy stormed and captured the ridge.

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