Tag: 1st Bn

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.

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.

21 July 1917

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

Roberts camp near Ecurie

Military Cross awarded to Capt MASON, Capt HORSLEY and 2/Lieut O.C. MARRIS.

Distinguished Conduct Medals awarded to C.S.M. MEACHIN, Sgt MANDERVILLE and Pte TWEMLOW.

The above awards were for good work at OPPY on 28th June 1917.

2/Lieut A. PIERCY joined Battalion.

Regimental “Sing-Song” in Recreation Marquee at 6 p.m.

Weather – very hot.

16 July 1917

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

Forward camp

Training as usual during morning.  Musketry practice on range.

Battalion moved to Springvale Camp near Ecurie during afternoon.

Very clear day and German observation balloons could be easily discerned.

Battalion arrived in Springvale Camp about 3 p.m. – ample and splendid accommodation for all ranks in Huts.

About 8-30 pm. warning order received from Brigade stating we must be prepared to move at dawn to Roberts Camp.

About 10pm. Brigade operation order received with instructions to proceed to Roberts Camp forthwith.  The Germans had apparently observed the movement of troops during relief and shelled Wolseley Camp immediately it had been handed over by this Battalion to 16th R. Warwick Regt, causing them to vacate it.

2/Lieut A.M. LEWIS proceeded to England on leave.