Tag: 8th Bn

15 August 1917

Extract from war diary of LCpl Alexander Saunders, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [In Mesopotamia]

Stand to 4am. Gunfire 5. Fatigues until 7. 7 to 745 bathing. 8am breakfast. 830 rifle inspection. 5pm fatigues till 6. 6 to 630 bathing 7 to 750 stand to.


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

I went to the Military School of Aeronautics at Abbassia & saw the adjutant & the doctor about Sam Ashton. He had confessed to the doctor how his nerves had broken down, and the doctor is going to report that he is unfit for the RFC & ask for a Board upon him, recommending that he be sent to England. He said he felt fairly sure that he could manage it especially as he can report that I went to see him as senior remaining officer of the Cheshire Yeo: on the subject. I am afraid that Sam might easily commit suicide in his present state, for his mind is a bit shaky. Hugh was not well, & could not face dinner.

19 April 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Physical. Squad and Rifle Drill. Rifle Drill after breakfast for 2 solid hours in the boiling sun enough to kill any man. Cruelty not training. Everybody complaining. Received letter from Mrs.

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

I had a sleepless night – as did we all. We got into our new position in the dark, & hid in a Wady. A bombardment of the Turkish positions soon began, & I managed to get away to a little hill, & had a magnificent panorama view of the opening of a battle, with artillery, tanks, aeroplanes & the infantry advance. A little later a Turkish shell dropped near to me to make me think a bit. The same shell hit Dickie Jones in the knee badly, & he went to hospital. We were shelled very little, but enough for an experience. Our next excitement was bombing an aeroplane, which dropped a bomb & killed one of our HQ men & badly hurt another. One aeroplane fell, rather a sickening sight, for thousands of feet. We believe it was an enemy one.