Tag: artillery

26 November 1917

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

Givenchy

9-11am The enemy bombarded B Coy front line & the communication trenches leading to it for two hours 9 – 11 a.m, much damage was done to the trenches but no casualties were incurred.

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24 November 1917

Extract from war diary of 13th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Buvrey

1am Sent reconnoitring patrol into NO MANS LAND enemy wire found to be bad.

2am Two Hunting Patrols of 1 N.C.O & 5 men and 1 Assault Patrol of 1 Officer and 13 O.R crossed to Enemy front line. Patrols remained out several hours obtaining valuable information as regards enemy wire & portion of line cleared. No prisoner captured.

3.20am Assault Patrol of one officer 11 O Ranks supported on both flanks by LGs & teams crossed to enemy line but on reaching parapet held up by M.Gs, rifle, hand grenades, rendering preventing further progress.

10am to 3 pm Our Artillery carried out wire cutting between Railway Crater & MAD POINT. Enemy Shelled our Support LINES heavily with 4.2s between RAILWAY ALLEY & MUNSTER TUNNEL.

4 November 1917

Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Front line

Enemy artillery active.  A direct hit on a “pill box” occupied by men of the support Coy caused several casualties.

Our artillery laid down an Army barrage at 5-15 a.m. which caused the enemy to retaliate with a very heavy barrage.

Gas shells fell in the vicinity of the support Coys forcing them to wear their respirators.

3 November 1917

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

Jerusalem

Battn advanced as an advance Gd to 159 Bde & in about 15 minutes from start came under heavy rifle & MG fire & some enemy shrapnel. A.B. & C. Coys were in front line, D Coy less one platoon in support, one platoon under Lt E.C. Baines was detached to left flank to give cover to left of A Coy in the Direction of SHERIA.

08.30 C.O. pointed out to Brig. Gen. situation as regards the dispositions of the Battn   

08.40 sent back to Bde for ammunition

08.45 orders received from Bde you are not to act as left Flank Gd &not as adv.Gd   & will not advance until further orders

09.20 Lia[i]son officer (2Lt R Martin) reported that he was in touch with supporting Batty

09.50 2Lt R D Hunder  returned from Front line where he had been sent by C.O. & reported that 2nd Lt H WAGSTAFFE (16 Platoon) had advance on left of Battn with his platoon

10.20 C Coy reported short of Lewis gun ammo & that he was sending mules back for further supply

11.00 D Coy report M.G. Sub Section attached to me is in position of WADI Bank 300x from my Right & have been firing with good effect against the enemy in the Foot Hills on my Right

12.00 Artillery fired at a Target pointed out by A Coy several Hits were obtained

16.00 Train was observed going N.E. of SHERIA heavily laden  17.00 Battn Consolidated its position & outpost line was formed, the enemy was quiet all night. Casualties 2Lt  D Hall & 15 OR wounded.  Killed 2 OR.

30 October 1917

Extract from war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

GHELUVELT

At 5-50 am an attack was made by left Division in PASCHENDALE and enemy our Artillery and Infantry co-operated with shell and smoke barrages.  Enemy violently retaliated on our lines.

1 OR Killed in Action.   2nd. Lieut. G W Watkins and 14 OR Wounded.

Linking up of front line posts continued.    Communication trench dug from J.20.d.9.1 to J.20.d.15.00. and from J.20. d. 9.1. to J.20.d.65.35. making it now possible to reach 2 Coys., in front line under cover from Snipers.