Tag: patrol

22 October 1917

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

Left sub-sector

Advance parties from 9th R.W. Fusiliers came up to look over the positions prior to relief.  At 9. p.m. a patrol went out and returned at 10.30 pm without encountering any opposition (App J 80).


30 June 1917

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

My patrol with Cpl Piggott & two men, about 2½ miles out into No Man’s Land was not very successful, as it was very cloudy & difficult to steer. We found three decomposing bodies of our soldiers, & had to search for identity discs, a gruesome job. I smelt horribly after it. Turks were talking near us – rather jumpy work. Got back all right after nearly 3½ hours of it. Then had a court martial, two cases to try, which is a damnable job. Took the papers to brigade & had a long talk with Gen, Bowker, on shooting. Stayed in a while Tom went to the trenches.

20 May 1917

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

About 300 of us were marched down to Poperinghe in the evening for a free show of our 39th Divl. Entertainment Party. It was quite a good show. Divisional staff were thick in the front rows, and there was enough gold braid to serve as footlights. They received many sly digs from the stage, referring principally to Leaves, Baths and Divisional Rest.

On getting back to camp that evening, I found a letter from Pat saying what a good time he was having, and informing me by postscript, that the huts at the Signal School had been limewashed since I left there. I have not yet known him long enough to judge whether this was unconscious or deliberate.

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

Aldershot Camp, near Neuve Eglise

Church services etc.

2nd Lieut McCullagh went out on patrol to reconnoitre “No mans land”, while returning he and his orderly lost direction and eventually reached the enemy’s lines just as dawn was breaking.  They decided to spend the hours of daylight in the German line which they did.  No enemy came anywhere near them.  They returned to our lines immediately darkness set in.

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

Mail up!  Letter M.R. not one from home.  Auntie Mary sends me a parcel with socks in, just the thing I need, also biscuits and a good cake.

Last night the Turks had “wind up” a little but no damage is done.

15 April 1917

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

Trenches at Givenchy

Patrol fired on.  ENEMY artillery fired on EASTERN end of BOIS de HIRONDELLE.  When darkness falls COYS will withdraw entirely from present line to new position.  Sniping BOSCH located at FACTORY N.W. extremity of Village and TRENCH system SOUTH of it.  M.36.b.  Line of L.G. outposts on present position, remainder dig in line running from CLUCAS (S.6.b.4/10) to S.6.b.9/10, ‘D’ COY dig in on line S.6.CENTRAL to S.6.d.5/3.

C.S.M. GRIFFITHS takes over duties as R.S.M. SGT. MOORES to be C.S.M. of letter ‘A’ COY.  Weather bad.  Wrote Brigade if water not received BATTN, must be relieved.