Tag: 9th Bn

1 June 1918

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

Near Chambrecy

The strength of the Battalion was now 4 Officers 200 Other Ranks Officers Capt R.H. GRIFFITHS (Comdg) Capt Adjt. D. GREVILLE, Lieut. E. SIMCOCK. 2nd Lieut W.B. WRIGHT.  The line held was facing North in front of the MONTAGNE de BLIGNY and across the valley to the stream running from the village of CHAMBRECY to SARSY (the railway bridge being in the front line).  Brigade dispositions were as shown in BM.151/5 (App K88).  Battalion H.Q. was established at the kink in the road 500 yards North of the R in CHAMBRECY (Ref. Map SOISSONS 1/100,000).  The transport moved to the neighbourhood of HAUTVILLERS.  Except for intermittent shelling the day passed quietly, considerable enemy movement was observed in the neighbourhood of BOIS D’AULNAY and transport and guns could be seen moving forward from LHERY.  At 7.15 pm, however, orders were received for the Brigade to withdraw slightly, to conform with the situation on the left (App. K. 90).  This was completed by 8.p.m by the Battalion without losses.  At night the new line was reorganised and dispositions made in depth – two platoons (strength about 80) being put in the BOIS D’ECLISSE about the R of CHAMBRECY.  Battn H.Q. was established about 200 yards South of the E in CHAMBRECY.

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30 May 1918

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

Sarcy

Orders were issued to the Commanding Officer to move the Battalion in the early morning to the vicinity of SARCY village and to establish HQ in the village.  This was carried out starting at 4.30 a.m, as detailed in App K83.  Reconnaissances were carried out, of the ridge just N.W of SARCY with a view to holding it [sic].  At 11.45 a.m orders were received to take up these positions to allow other units of the 58th Brigade to withdraw through this line and to gain touch on the right with the 56th Brigade whose left was to swing back to SARCY village (App K84).  This was completed by 1 p.m.  There were no troops by this time on the left and as enemy Scouts could be observed in BOIS D’AULNAY the left Company “A” Coy, formed a defensive flank running towards the farm 1 Kilometre SE. of the BOIS D’AULNAY (reference Map SOISSONS 1/100,000) ‘B’ Coy also sent a platoon to reinforce this defensive flank.  From this time onwards considerable enemy movement was seen both of scouts and of larger bodies who followed them up.  The enemy shelling also increased and by evening was fairly heavy, especially on SARCY village.  The enemy attempted to advance from the BOIS D’AULNAY but was held up by the fire of our Lewis Guns and rifles on the left.  Owing to the situation on the left a withdrawal of the Division to a line just South of SARCY village was ordered at 7.30 p.m and the Battalion withdrew by companies from the left, starting at 8.30 p.m.  This was most successfully carried out without casualties and without attracting the attention of the enemy.  The only casualties sustained up to the present were, Officers: – Lieut E.S. EVANS.  2ndLieut L. COOPER 2ndLt. A.B. INCHBOARD, all wounded, and 22 other Ranks.  By midnight fresh positions had been taken up astride the CHAMBRECY-SARCY road and on the high ground 1 mile North of CHAMBRECY and also that ½ mile South of SARCY.

18 May 1918

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

VITRY-LA-VILLE the detraining station was reached at 10.30 a.m.  Here the Battalion was met by the Staff Captain, who directed the way to LA CHAUSSÉE, where the Battalion’s billets were situated.  This involved a march of about 6 Kilos, which proved very trying owing to the great heat of the day.  Billets were reached by 1.15 p.m (App K.72).  All companies were very comfortable, the billets being exceedingly good.  The surrounding country, although not offering the best facilities for training, was very fine and the canal afforded good bathing, which was much enjoyed by all ranks during the hot weather that followed. Rest and cleaning up.

15 May 1918

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

DICKEBUSCH LAKE

Training.  Further details and definite orders for the move were received (App K 71 b.) and orders for the Battalion’s move were issued to all concerned in Bn Order No 11. (App K 71 d).  The enemy’s High Velocity guns were active during the day and 1 man was wounded on a company parade by Shrapnel.  Enemy planes were again active at night.  Major G.J. MARTIN (8th N. Staffs) arrived to take command of Battalion.

14 May 1918

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

DICKEBUSCH LAKE

Rest, cleaning up and inspections.  The first orders for a divisional move by rail were received (App K 71 (a)) and the necessary warning orders were issued to companies (App K 71 (c)).  Enemy  aircraft dropped bombs in the vicinity of St. JAN-TER-BIEZEN  during the night (which was bright moonlight until midnight)