Tag: 9th Bn

6 September 1918

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

Richebourg

Relief was completed by 12.30 A.M.  Capt G.C. LOWRY wounded.  2nd Lieut MOLYNEUX and Lieut MILBOURNE reported their arrival.  There was considerable shelling during the night with a few gas shells at 4.30 A.M.  At 4.30 A.M. the enemy put down a barrage on our line which lasted until 5.15 A.M.  At 11 A.M. C and D Coy patrols reached SALLY TRENCH SAPPER TRENCH & SALAD TRENCH, meeting no opposition.  Our line now ran as follows: 2 platoons of C Coy. held line 50 yds W of LA BASSEE Road from SALLY to MITZI Trenches thence along MITZI trench to S.11.c.2.3 (Sheet 36 S.W.) 2 platoons D Coy held from S.11.c.2.3. along MITZI trench to about S.16.b.1.7. where the line was continued south by 8th Bn. N. Stafford Regt.  We pushed forward a post to S.17.a.2.7. thick wire preventing further progress.

Casualties for the day 2 O.Rs. Wdd.  4 O.Rs joined for duty today

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5 September 1918

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

Locon

Brigade Order No 147 was received at 8 A.M. confirming the above was received.  Coy. Comdrs Conference was held at 10.30 A.M.  The Battn moved off at 3 P.M. and after a halt for tea arrived at WINDY CORNER (S.9.a.6.9. Sheet 36 S.W.) at 7 P.M. where guides were met.  The Battn waited until 7.30 P.M. and then proceeded by Sections up the line to relieve the 8th Battn Notts & Derby Regt.

21 August 1918

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

Support trenches, Locon sector

At 5 A.M. the advance was resumed with the intention of establishing an outpost line approximately R.32.b.9.8. to X 3a.4.4.  It immediately became difficult on the right by the canal bank as the enemy put down a barrage of 5.9s and opened heavy machine gun fire from the East side of the canal.  By 6.30. AM. the left company had reached R.32.b.7.5. and were then held up by Machine Gun fire from both flanks, especially from about R.33.a.2.8.  The right company were pushing slowly forward.  The machine gun fire from the east of the canal had now ceased but the enemy artillery fire was still considerable.  At 10.20 A.M. the position was as follows: Left Company – a Lewis Gun post at R.32.b.8.5, Rifle post at R.32.b.7.3. with Rifle post from Battalion on left immediately alongside.  The remainder of the Company holding the line with left at R.32.d.7.7. and right at X.3a.3.9.  The right company continuing the line to X.3.a.4.4.  During the afternoon the 1/6th S. Staffords established a post on the eastern bank of the LAWE canal at X.3.a.5.3.  The above positions were maintained until nightfall when the Battalion was relieved by the 8th N. Staffords Regt. and withdrawn into support in the PERTH and ABERDEEN Lines with Bn. H.Q. at W.34.b.3.8.  Casualties during the day were 2Lieut W.A.C. DAVEY killed Capt R.H. HASLAM wounded and 28 other ranks killed, wounded & missing.

20 August 1918

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

Support trenches, Locon sector

Before dawn on the 20th. the reserve company from EDINBURGH trench was moved forward to neighbourhood of X.8.a.0.0. into position vacated by support company, the whole of which was now occupying original outpost line (X.7.b.2.8. to X.8.a.7.3) Battn H.Q. moved forward to X.8.a.3.2.  About 10 a.m. touch was re-established with 8th Gloucestershire Regt; on the left at R.32.c.5.5. The 1/5th Sherwood Forresters [sic] (139th Brigade) on the right reported holding post about X.8.b.5.6. with enemy still in position X.15.b.2.5.  During the day further progress was made and at 6 PM a picquet line was established from X.2.c.7.8 to X.2.b.6.4; thence to R.32.c.8.1., where touch was obtained with the Battalion on the left.  The Battalion on the right established a post at X.2.d.7.7. but this post was afterwards withdrawn leaving our right exposed and making it necessary to put small posts along the canal bank as far back as X.8.b.4.7. to cover the exposed flank.  About 7P.M. the right of the picquet line was heavily shelled.  Battalion H.Q. moved forward to X.1.d.9.6.  Casualties during the day 11 other ranks.

19 August 1918

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

Support trenches, Locon sector

Reports were received during the day indicating the imminent withdrawal of the enemy, whose main outpost line was now along WILLOT LANE X.1.d.7.8 to X.8.b.4.7. (Sheet 36A. S.W).  Patrols sent out at dawn had reported enemy still in active occupation of their line; further patrols found no sign of retirement until at 7 P.M. the left Company reported two of their patrols had crossed WILLOT LANE and were in touch with the enemy 200 yds North of it.  8th Glocester Regt (57th Infy. Bde.) on left were reported to have one platoon at X.1.a.4.9., another at X.1.a.9.7. and a third moving up to position about X.1.b.5.3. in order to join up with our left Company at X.1.b.8.0.  At 7.50 PM. patrols from left company were in touch with the enemy about X.3.c.2.8. and X.2.c.4.3.; a patrol of right Company were in touch with enemy post about X.8.a.9.8.; while a patrol moving along the canal bank was fired on from houses at X.8.b.5.5.  About 8.30 PM it was reported that right Coy had occupied enemy post at X.8.a.9.8 but further progress was hindered by Machine Gun fire from X.2.c.9.2.  By 9 PM both companies were across WILLOT LANE.  Dispositions reported at midnight showed two outposts companies holding line X.1.b.9.1 to X.2.c.4.4. thence along road to X.8.b.5.8. with two platoons of Support company moved forward to original out post line.