Tag: Maj P K Glazebrook

14 June 1917

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

We got up at 1.30 AM loaded our camels at 2, & marched at three o’clock to Dar el Belah, taking about three hours to reach the division dump, where we halted till our fumigating train was ready for us. We put everything in the train & left our men walking about indecently, & the staff was steamed. John Lonsdale, who is pompous & inefficient, made himself rather a nuisance. We marched back in full marching order, having had our packs carried for us on the outward journey in limbers, & got in by 10 PM, having done about twenty miles.

9 June 1917

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

Rather better night, as we had four officers available to take turns on duty. Our usual idle day in the Cave of Adullam. Owing to scarcity of water etc, 58% of our men are pronounced to be lousy by the by the Brigade M.O. I was on duty from 5 PM to 7 PM at Observation Post. We went back into the trenches as usual in the evening. Charles took a patrol out almost to the Beersheba road, & came back without having seen anything of the enemy.

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

We have our Divisional Brass Band here playing selections for us.

Although the Water is scarce we have a splendid substitute to quench our thirst.  There are fields of water melons and cucumbers here, which are ripening very very quickly

6 June 1917

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

A peaceful night. I slept till, 12.45, & was then the officer on watch. When we got in we found that some infernal thieves had again looted one of my platoons’ dug-outs, & stolen the men’s parcels from home & a few other things. There seems little prospect of finding out who has done it. We slept a good deal during the afternoon, and went into the trenches as usual in the evening. We had to produce two digging parties to work from 7.30 PM to 11.30 PM, and from 11.30 PM to 3.15 AM, and it is truly typical of affairs out here that the design of the trenches, as laid down by the Re officer for the first party, had already been changed by the time the second party arrived to relieve them!

31 May 1917

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

Bayonet fighting in the morning, & very little to do. We had a real good night & did not get up till 5 AM, which is unwanted, luxury for us. Except for a little bit of kit inspection etc in the morning we had a complete off-day, which was very welcome, & we spent it sleeping & reading on the hard floor of our dug-outs. There were a few Turkish shells about in the evening, but not over us. They seemed to be aimed at the next people on our left. All much cheered by Lloyd George’s hints that we are getting on better against German submarines.

21 May 1917

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

Digging in our same communication trench in the morning, in full view of Ali Muntar & Turk lines. We could see enemy transport etc moving about.  I went to lunch with Geoff Lawrence, who has got a most comfortable dug-out by his battery. Tom took the digging party in the evening. We are to dig twice a day, so we are dividing the labour & sending out two officers each time. The usual minor worries about water, due to the usual two causes, namely that we are never told when our next supply will be available, and headquarters take more than their share.

8 May 1917

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

Had a bad night, & saw the doctor in the morning, with the result that I am lying under a blanket shelter in a maddening swarm of flies, while Eason takes the company, in an inspection by our new brigadier, Col Bowker, of the Essex. I seem to have a mild form of dysentery, which is rather a nuisance, but nothing more. I was not allowed to eat anything, & drank a little tinned milk and water. Rather a dull & miserable sort of day on the whole.

4 May 1917

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

Swedish drill & bayonet fighting in the morning. Lonsdale had to send in names of officers suitable to command battalions lately, & sent in all the majors. Yesterday an urgent note came in by runner asking for all the particulars of service of Kynaston & myself, so it is possible that we may be taken away, but I hope not. As my company has lost Tom & Sparrow, it would have done before. Only a short parade in the afternoon. Flies are becoming a serious nuisance in camp, & dust has increased enormously. Many men have septic sores.

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

Battalion moved to WALLON CAPPEL occupying some billets as when in this area last month. The 7th Brigade marched as a brigade. In spite of the exceptionally hot weather only two men who were overcome by the sun fell out. The battalion was enthusaistically [sic] welcomed.