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29 January 1918

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

Front line

The occupants of 1 dug-out R.2.b complained of sickness and eye troubles, and were all despatched to the dressing Station for treatment.  This dug-out, although cleared by fires & fanning the day before had become affected through the gas sinking into it from the top of the COVILLET RIDGE.

The Battn moved up at 6.30 pm into the same subsector of the front line and relieved the 8th Gloucesters (App J 170).  Relief was completed by 9.35 pm (App J 17).  Casualties nil.  Dispositions as stated on AA 23 (app J 170).  Protective patrols were sent out in the morning.  22 O.R. reinforcements arrived.  The tour passed very quickly & without the Battn sustaining any casualties.


7 January 1918

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

Campo San Martino

Battn Route March under Capt L.I.L. FERGUSON.

“B” Coy instructed by Divisional Gas Officer.

Lieut R.U. BENNETT took over 2nd in Command of “B” Coy.

Capt E.J. GROVES admitted to hospital sick.

3 inches of snow fell during the day.

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.

6 August 1917

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

Front line trenches

At 1-30am. enemy put down a very heavy barrage on front and support lines with trench mortars and shells – including gas shells.  He is also believed to have released cloud gas apposite our left Company.  S.O.S. and gas alarms given.  Our barrage was quickly put down.  “Strafe” lasted about 1 hour.

Two wounded – including 2/Lieut C.G. EDWARDS (at duty)  Eleven suffering from gas.

Work – as before.

4 August 1917

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

Halfway House

The Battalion (less B Company) were relieved by 2 Companies of the 3rd Bn WORCESTERSHIRE REGT at dawn and proceeded, on relief to HALFWAY HOUSE dugouts.  The dispositions of the Battalion after relief were as follows

Bn HQ.  A Coy  D Coy in HALFWAY HOUSE dugouts.   B Coy – LEINSTER STREET    C Coy – WEST STREET.   The remainder of day was spent in cleaning up HALFWAY HOUSE was subjected to gas shells for a short period during the night but it was only necessary to wear Box Respirators for about 5 minutes.