Tag: 6th Bn

23 June 1917

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

Moulle

The Battalion engaged in special training in open warfare on training area.  Artillery formation, extended order drill, musketry, outposts, physical training and bayonet fighting, constituting the programme of training carried out.

2 O.R. to Hospital Sick.   3 O.R. rejoined ex Hospital.

2nd Lieut H.Melling left to join R.F.C. on probation, and struck off strength of Battalion.

2 O.R. transferred to M.G.C. (H.B.)., and struck off strength.

15 June 1917

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

Coulomby

The Battalion undergoing special training in open warfare, etc., on the training area.  Artillery formations, extended order drill, musketry, etc. constituting the programme of training carried out.

5 O.R. to Hospital Sick.   1 O.R. to Hospital Wounded.

Extract from war diary of 9th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Front line

There was very heavy hostile shelling on the front area, where a new trench system was being formed.  Calls for retaliation were constantly coming down from Coys.  From 4-30 p.m to 6-30 p.m. a very heavy bombardment was put up on our line.  Casualties were slight, only one or two men being wounded.  Orders were received to carry out patrols on the front with a view to gaining touch with the enemy.  Reports by patrols lead by 2Lts COLVIN and READ are appended.  These officers were complimented by the Brigadier on the way in which these patrols were carried out.

11 June 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

We continued our march, passing through Ledringhe to barn billets near Arneke, only about 10 miles today in view of a big march to come.

Having a look round with Bob Atkinson, a Lewis Gunner, we were delighted to find what we judged was quite a decent bathing pond. Bob tried it with a pole, and finding what proved to be the only deep spot in it (which we did not realize at the time), said there was any amount of water, so we stripped and dived together, and buried our noses in black slime at the bottom of 30 inches of water, and to add insult to injury, the farmer came along while we were trying to clean ourselves again, and screeched some most terrible French at us, and being patient with him, we eventually managed to understand that he did not allow dirty soldiers to use his clean cow’s clean water, or something to that effect, and the only thing we could think of in reply was to ask him if he kept eggs, and finding he did we first ordered ours for tea and then warned the others that eggs might be had at the kitchen.

25 May 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Off at 5-15am for Road making. We finished early owing to the fact that early in the afternoon an enemy observation balloon rose, and had a nice view of the proceedings, and asked their artillery to send a message or two over.’ The one officer in charge of us was not anxious to have any casualties amongst the men (or officer(s)), so we struck work. In order that we should not arrive back at the camp too early, he took us to a bathing pool he had noticed on the outward journey, and as it was a sweltering hot day, we enjoyed ourselves immensely for an hour, the absence of A.S.A. regulation costumes, and towels troubling us not a jot, in fact, shirts felt pleasantly cooler after being used as towels.

20 May 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

About 300 of us were marched down to Poperinghe in the evening for a free show of our 39th Divl. Entertainment Party. It was quite a good show. Divisional staff were thick in the front rows, and there was enough gold braid to serve as footlights. They received many sly digs from the stage, referring principally to Leaves, Baths and Divisional Rest.

On getting back to camp that evening, I found a letter from Pat saying what a good time he was having, and informing me by postscript, that the huts at the Signal School had been limewashed since I left there. I have not yet known him long enough to judge whether this was unconscious or deliberate.

Extract from war diary of 13th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Aldershot Camp, near Neuve Eglise

Church services etc.

2nd Lieut McCullagh went out on patrol to reconnoitre “No mans land”, while returning he and his orderly lost direction and eventually reached the enemy’s lines just as dawn was breaking.  They decided to spend the hours of daylight in the German line which they did.  No enemy came anywhere near them.  They returned to our lines immediately darkness set in.

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

Mail up!  Letter M.R. not one from home.  Auntie Mary sends me a parcel with socks in, just the thing I need, also biscuits and a good cake.

Last night the Turks had “wind up” a little but no damage is done.