Tag: gas

5 July 1918

Extract from war diary of 4th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

HOFLANDE

6am to 7am Gas Training     All Coys. & HQ

08.30 – 12.30 Training Musketry   Lewis Gun etc.

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24 April 1918

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

[Brigade reserve, France]

Bn area heavily gas shelled from 11 p.m. to 3-30 a.m.

Capt & Adjt G.H. MACLEAN. M.C. wounded (slight)

2nd Lieut S.V. LAWS wounded (badly)

Lieut G.R. TROUGHTON-DEAN gassed.

2nd Lieut E.le.M. HINSON gassed.

Lieut G.M. SMITH wounded.

Casualties heavy from gas:

Bn moved into trenches in front of wood.  Headquarters remaining on edge of wood.

10 April 1918

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

PLOEGSTEERT

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.

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.

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.