Tag: bathing

11 June 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

We continued our march, passing through Ledringhe to barn billets near Arneke, only about 10 miles today in view of a big march to come.

Having a look round with Bob Atkinson, a Lewis Gunner, we were delighted to find what we judged was quite a decent bathing pond. Bob tried it with a pole, and finding what proved to be the only deep spot in it (which we did not realize at the time), said there was any amount of water, so we stripped and dived together, and buried our noses in black slime at the bottom of 30 inches of water, and to add insult to injury, the farmer came along while we were trying to clean ourselves again, and screeched some most terrible French at us, and being patient with him, we eventually managed to understand that he did not allow dirty soldiers to use his clean cow’s clean water, or something to that effect, and the only thing we could think of in reply was to ask him if he kept eggs, and finding he did we first ordered ours for tea and then warned the others that eggs might be had at the kitchen.

25 May 1917

Extract from the diary of LCpl Walter Williamson, 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Off at 5-15am for Road making. We finished early owing to the fact that early in the afternoon an enemy observation balloon rose, and had a nice view of the proceedings, and asked their artillery to send a message or two over.’ The one officer in charge of us was not anxious to have any casualties amongst the men (or officer(s)), so we struck work. In order that we should not arrive back at the camp too early, he took us to a bathing pool he had noticed on the outward journey, and as it was a sweltering hot day, we enjoyed ourselves immensely for an hour, the absence of A.S.A. regulation costumes, and towels troubling us not a jot, in fact, shirts felt pleasantly cooler after being used as towels.

27 March 1917

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

An ordinary sort of parade in the morning, & a bathing parade in the heat of the day. It was quite a hot day today. We got a little news of the fighting at Gaza, only about 120 miles away. Apparently we have got round it, & a battle is going on. There are various rumours about heavy losses on our side, but nothing definite. If only they were not short of rolling stock, I believe we should be pushed up at once.

21 February 1917

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

Arrived in Cairo & had a bath and breakfast at Shepherd’s, after which I went to Abbassia & interviewed Col Allen, Watson’s new staff officer, about getting out of the staff course, but could get no decision, as they apparently have marked me down, & seemed inclined to give me a definite order to go. I got him to ask HQ to let me off. I returned to Alexandria, dined with Phillips again & stayed at the Savoy, getting a wire to say that I am off the staff course.

15 February 1917

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

Trenches

Court Martial at LE TOURET.  Lieut. Mason, 2nd Lieut. Easterbrook and Capt. Groves attended.  Frost at night.  General Anderson visited Headquarters with Brigade Major meet all H’Qrs officers and two Company Commanders.

 

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

Courcelles

This day was spent in rest and cleaning up.  The men bathed but only a small proportion got a change of underclothing.

4 February 1917

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

Lecture to all officers by Bishop Gwynne, D.D. of the National Mission, in Officers Mess, LE TOURET.  Day spent in Church Services, afternoon football and a bathing parade.  Col. Baker proceeded to BOULOGNE to attend a Conference.  2nd Lieut. Ratcliffe proceeded on leave.