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13 December 1917

Extract from the diary of Lt Eric M Stuart, 12th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment  [In Salonika]

Went to bed at 1630 with temp of 104.2 after being one working party all day. Temp down to 100 later. 3 letters from A.T. 2 Dad. 1 Rect. 1 Grampie 1 Cox + Co. 1 parcel AT. 2 parcels from F + Mason

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12 December 1917

Extract from the diary of Capt Ferguson, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

I only got to bed at 4 .am, so did not see the first train away, i had to be up early, however, in order to get A Coy to the station by 11 am. The men being tired slept late, and billets had to be cleaned, also a number of them had got ‘blind’ before leaving FRANCE, and were not quite recovered. But we were in a jovial mood and got away to time. We bid a fond farewell to our friends at the billets, whom we had got to know well, marching to the station, A Coy singing at the top of our voices. I found that the first train had left one officer behind, 2 Lt Harper of D Coy. It appears that all D Coy officers were having breakfast, when they saw the train departing. All ran, getting into the last truck, but poor Harper missed it, so will be in for trouble. He is a bother to us, as we have not catered for him, nor have we much room; as it is we have only third class carriages. Mills and I share one, and give the subalterns two at nights, but one of these is used during the day for cooking. We soon found that we could climb from carriage to carriage, whilst the train was in motion, so we were not dependent on halts for meals. We started up to time and found it very cold the first night, and I was glad of a petrol stove and tin of juice to warm us up.

10 December 1917

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

Hestrus

8-30 to 10 a.m. Physical Training and Bayonet Fighting.

10-30 a.m. Bn practised tactical scheme at HESTRUS.

Lewis Gun Competition held on Bn range, 4 teams per Coy competing.

Result – “A” Coy first; “C”  “D” and “B” 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

Equal 1st Nos 2 and 10 Platoons, 3rd No 1 Platoon, last No 6 Platoon.

9 December 1917

Extract from the diary of Capt Ferguson, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

We have started a fund of fines in the mess to check our language, which has been getting out of hand; the mess is coining money. I was invited to dine at BHQ mess along with Mills, and we both rode up and back. The dinner was excellent, Turkey, Plum Pudding and Champagne. The CO seems an excellent fellow, and was the life of the party. All other OC Coys were present; I also met Rev Lee-Warner, our padre.

7 December 1917

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force 

Miserably cold. My company came into support, but we are so short of men that we had to lend some to the company in front. Rain & cold all day. Turks remained quiet, & our only troubles were climatic. We are living mostly on bully. Sparrow’s company are now out in front of us, on a hill called Amaziyeh, but we are in a very ticklish position. D­­­­­­r Booth’s time is up, & he went away last night, bound for England, lucky fellow! It is of great importance that we hold onto our present position, and we have an inadequate number of men to do it with. I hear I have been recommended for a D.S.O over the Tireh fight, but I am not very likely to get it, I fancy