Tag: 9th Bn

29 July 1917

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

Rossignol Wood

The Battalion moved into the support area, going into camp at ROSSIGNOL WOOD, N.22.a.  The march was commenced at 5.0 pm. and camp was reached about 6.0 pm.

A working party of 100 O.R. was supplied to 5th S.W.B. for carrying material in the forward area.

The Brigade prepared for an operation to be carried out by the 56th Brigade east of OOSTTAVERNE.  Battle preparations were made.

15 July 1917

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

“C” Coy. relieved the Coy. of the 9th Welch.  The Bn. now held the line with three coys in front and one in reserve.  The enemies [sic] artillery was very active, shelling the front areas and their communications.  The delivery of rations was delayed, but never for long.  A carrying party of 100 men, supplied to the Bn. by the 9th Worcester, for carrying stores etc.  This party suffered 18 Casualties during the night

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.