Tag: Pte James Arthur Railton

9 August 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Arrived Bombay about 8.30. Went straight on board Transport Ellanga and sailed before noon.

Awful accommodation and no hammocks. Rather rough at night and men lying all about like pigs.

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19 April 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Physical. Squad and Rifle Drill. Rifle Drill after breakfast for 2 solid hours in the boiling sun enough to kill any man. Cruelty not training. Everybody complaining. Received letter from Mrs.

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

I had a sleepless night – as did we all. We got into our new position in the dark, & hid in a Wady. A bombardment of the Turkish positions soon began, & I managed to get away to a little hill, & had a magnificent panorama view of the opening of a battle, with artillery, tanks, aeroplanes & the infantry advance. A little later a Turkish shell dropped near to me to make me think a bit. The same shell hit Dickie Jones in the knee badly, & he went to hospital. We were shelled very little, but enough for an experience. Our next excitement was bombing an aeroplane, which dropped a bomb & killed one of our HQ men & badly hurt another. One aeroplane fell, rather a sickening sight, for thousands of feet. We believe it was an enemy one.

7 March 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[At Bombay, en route to Mesopotamia]

Reville 6am. Tea as soon as up. Parade 6.30 sharp. March then physical exercises until 7.30. Breakfast to 9am. O/Cs inspection at 9am to see if our clothes were a proper fit. All measured yesterday before issued. Quite different to the way they issue clothing at home. After inspection, squad drill until 12 noon. Commencing just like raw recruits and not rushed in the least. Officers and NCOs seem quite a decent lot. CO spoke nicely to use and said that if we behaved ourselves we would be made very comfortable. Skill every half hour during drill, standing at ease nearly half the time. Finished at 1 for the day. Finished my letter that I started in the ship and fixed up the tent and made it quite respectable. We really are very comfortable up to now and have nothing to grumble at.

Walked to village after sunset. Rather a quaint place and a very peculiar sight to me. Wrote home.

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

Trenches, Cambrin sector

Combined Trench Mortar shoot, to stop enemy sniping, carried out at 4.P.M., 4.45.P.M., 7.P.M., and 11.P.M.  Several Germans seen running to cover.  2 killed.  Sgt WOOD, “B” Company, sniped through the spine at 10.A.M.  Enemy activity at night practically NIL.

2 February 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[On ship en route to Mesopotamia, near Cape Town]

Still rather rough and wind and bit cold. Boxing contest on A deck. Aft this afternoon. Happy to get a good speck and enjoyed the afternoon very much. At evening service. Expect to arrive at Cape Town Monday morning, Slept below.

30 January 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[On ship en route to Mesopotamia, near Cape Town]

After grand round medical inspection and then lecture on the danger of diseases in India and

Mesopotamia and how to avoid them. Slept same place (forehead hatch).