7 August 1917

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

We turned out for another damned attack, & the men are so fed up that they take no interest at all in the proceedings, & really are not trying at all. Personally I do not feel surprised and can hardly blame them, for I am deadly bored. At times we all get depressed & I am particularly down-hearted just now, for the war does not seem to be going well, and may continue for years. One after envies those who get shot neatly in the first few months of the war. Went out with H. Lonsdale, who returned today, & Hugh, to fix up a scheme for tomorrow. In two hour he could fix nothing – an awful exhibition!

6 August 1917

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

Front line trenches

At 1-30am. enemy put down a very heavy barrage on front and support lines with trench mortars and shells – including gas shells.  He is also believed to have released cloud gas apposite our left Company.  S.O.S. and gas alarms given.  Our barrage was quickly put down.  “Strafe” lasted about 1 hour.

Two wounded – including 2/Lieut C.G. EDWARDS (at duty)  Eleven suffering from gas.

Work – as before.

4 August 1917

Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Halfway House

The Battalion (less B Company) were relieved by 2 Companies of the 3rd Bn WORCESTERSHIRE REGT at dawn and proceeded, on relief to HALFWAY HOUSE dugouts.  The dispositions of the Battalion after relief were as follows

Bn HQ.  A Coy  D Coy in HALFWAY HOUSE dugouts.   B Coy – LEINSTER STREET    C Coy – WEST STREET.   The remainder of day was spent in cleaning up HALFWAY HOUSE was subjected to gas shells for a short period during the night but it was only necessary to wear Box Respirators for about 5 minutes.

3 August 1917

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

Front line trenches

Battalion relieved 1st BEDFORDS in front line, left Battalion front, S. of ARLEUX. “C” and “D” Coys in firing line, “A” and “B” Coys in support. Work continued on front line and communication trenches. “NO MAN’S LAND” patrolled after dark by patrols from both firing line Coys. Great deal of hostile Machine Gun fire after dark. Sergt MANDEVILLE., D.C.M., M.M., killed while returning from patrol.

2 August 1917

Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Bellewarde Ridge

The Shelling Continued throughout the day – though except at intervals it was not so heavy as the previous 24 hours.   Weather conditions still remained bad and it rained almost the whole day.  Companies were organized as far as possible and collected together in shell holes and dry bits of trench[e]s.   G.C. Companies visited the front line.   All Officers received their meals at Bn HQ and slept in turns on the two bunks Bn HQ dugout.