Tag: 9th Bn

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.

5 June 1917

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

De Zon camp

To day the preparations were all complete.  Guides to the assembly knew the tracks and their positions.  The operation was fully explained to all ranks.  All stores etc. had been drawn & were waiting in camp ready for distribution.  Normal rolls of personnel going into battle and remaining out had been completed.  Parties for extra regimental duties during the battle had been warned and given their instructions.  All was now ready.  Information came from Brigade that Zero day was fixed for the 7th, 3 other rank reinforcements arrived.

3 June 1917

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

De Zon camp

The battn. paraded for Divine Service in the morning.  50 men were supplied to the Brigade for carrying.  A concentrated bombardment, followed by a practice barrage on the ridge was carried out, and was witnessed by Officers and N.C.O’s from KEMMEL HILL.  A second barrage was carried out in the afternoon.  A third demonstration was made at night.  The Brigade commenced to hold the front line as a series of outposts in NO MANS LAND, in order to keep hostile patrols from using NO MANS LAND.

29 May 1917

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

DIEPENDAAL

During the tour in the trenches continuous preparations for an offensive were being made, and the artillery bombardment of the hostile trenches and positions became very heavy at times.  The enemy’s retaliation to this was slight except at intervals during the night when he would commence to shell the rear communications.  The trenches suffered very little, only one casualty was caused to the battn; although, on occasions working and carrying parties assembling on the roads and tracks near Bn. H.Q. suffered heavily.  The delay to the Regtl. Ration transport was comparatively slight.  64 O.R. reinforcements reported arrival.

29 April 1917

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

The Brigade moved into YPRES Salient reserve area in relief of the 95 68th Brigade.  The march orders are shown in App.  Owing to the Coys being so scattered & it being impossible to rendezvous in the time after the receipt of Bde. Orders, the battn. was fifteen minutes late in passing the battn. starting point.  The Bn. halted on the Western outskirts of BERTHEN village at 2.50 p.m.  Dinners were served & the march resumed at 4 p.m.  The route taken was via. C. 17. Central (Sheet 27) & not thro’ WESTOUTRE as laid down in Bde Operation Orders.  This road proved to be unmetalled & not as shewn on the maps & impassable for Transport.  The Transport accordingly regained the WESTOUTRE-RENNIGHELST. RD.  Meanwhile the infantry on reaching the RENINGHELST-POPERINGHE RD. was met by the Bde. Major, with information that the destination had been altered from LINDE HOECK FARM to MONTREAL Camp at H. 19. b. (Sheet 28).  Camp was reached at 7.30 p.m.  Transport lines were situated at H 19.a.3.4.  An advanced party