Tag: artillery

9 May 1918

Extract from war diary of 7th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Telfit, Palestine

0430 All clear

0605to 0650 Enemy Artillery active busily engaged shelling the whole of our front during which some xxx heavy shells (9.2) were sent over. Our front was subjected to occasional shelling by enemy Artillery during the remainder of the morning

Reserve Company roadmaking in the morning


8 May 1918

Extract from war diary of 7th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Telfit, Palestine

0015 Two enemy M.Gs opened fire on BEACHY HEAD J 33 d & J 34 a & continued firing for about 1 hour.

0430 All clear

Our Artillery on our left flank fired on enemy positions for short spaces during the day

In the afternoon our Artillery on our right flank also opened fire occasional fire on the enemy. During the day enemy sent over a few small shells on our right flank

30 April 1918

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


Our guns were active from about 12.30 a.m to 1.30 a.m and again from 2.30 a.m to dawn.  Quiet day.  Warning order received that the Brigade would relieve the right sector of the 21st Division probably on the night 1/2nd May.

4.30 pm Enemy shelled the batteries in the vicinity of the battalion very heavily and followed this by a shrapnel shoot about 6.30 p.m.  Capt E.F. THURGOOD, Capt A.J. GATELEY, Lieuts. G.W. DAY, W.W. UNDERWOOD, 2nd Lieut G.E. WALTHO and 18. O. Ranks reinforcements reported their arrival.

10 April 1918

Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


Enemy bombarded CATACOMBS with gas shells (lachrimatory) & continued for 2 hours when he bombarded with heavies.

At 7.A.M. an outpost line was formed being 400yds finishing from CATACOMBS towards PLOEGSTEERT VILLAGE across the road leading from HYDE PARK CORNER to PLOEGSTEERT. During the day we were in touch with the enemy patrols and desultory fighting took place – “C” Coy coming into closer touch with the enemy, sustained the heaviest casualties.

A quiet night was passed & advantage was taken of this to strengthen our positions.

21 March 1918

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

5am The Sounds of heavy barrage fire were heard and the back areas were shelled by the enemy H.V. Guns. A stand to was accordingly ordered and at 5.35 a.m an order to this effect was received from Brigade, and all preparations were made for the move to camps in accordance with Brigade and Battalion Instructions.

The names of the officers who were to go into action are shewn on App.J.213 (a) – 522 O/R was the fighting strength.

Zero hour for the move to camps was noon and the Battalion moved off to HERRICK CAMP at 12.20 p.m.  Battle equipment (bombs, additional S.A.A., tools, etc) were here issued to the men. On the order “move to Camp the 1st Line Transport moved with the Battalion.  The Depot remaining at BEAULENCOURT. [sic] At 7.p.m orders were issued for the Battalion to move up to GAIKA COPSE with the remainder of the Brigade in Reserve to the 57th Inf. Brigade which launched a counter attack against DOIGNIES (App J215 J216).  This move commenced at 7.15 pm and was completed by 8.30 p.m, the Battalion being on the S E edges of the Copse.  At 11.p.m a warning was received that the Brigade would move Northwestwards to occupy portions of the GREEN LINE in I.28.a, I.27.a, and I.21.c. At 11.45. pm Orders were received to rendezvous at DELSAUX FARM at 1.30 am