Extract from war diary of 9th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
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).
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.
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.
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.
Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
TRENCHES HQ AT DESPIERRE FARM
The front was patrolled more systematically that usual & various devices tried with
the object of capturing a prisoner. As the enemy had no patrols or listening posts out in
No Mans Land our attempts were unsuccessfull [sic]
Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Major FLEMING (IRISH GUARDS), ceased to be attached. Quiet day in trenches, men employed in cleaning and repairing trenches. 2nd Lieut LEGH went out on patrol and gained valuable information: he got into the enemy sap.