Tag: railway construction

13 August 1917

Extract from war diary of 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Ottowa Camp, Belgium

A Coy relieved pioneer company of 11th S. LANCS for work on railway construction, they worked during the night in I 18. a. and are billeted in bivouac at H. 23. c 2.3.


16 April 1917

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

The battn. was relieved by the 7th South Lancs., and marched into DE ZON Camp LA CLYTTE taking over from the 6th Wilts. Regt., during the afternoon a party of 365 strong under Capt A.R. WALTON proceeded to DRANOUTRE for work on railway construction.

12 April 1917

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


Off early to work for the Canadian Construction Boys, making light railways. As some one put it – “An offensive” odour about this”. The size of the Canadian shovels we were served out with, made us turn pale, but our colour soon came back when we started to use them. I am not surprised that we were able to stick to that part of Belgium. The trouble really would be to get rid of it. A shovelful seemed to have the tenacity of good glue, plus fly-paper mixture, black treacle and bird lime, and if even those railway tracks were finished, they ought to stick alright.

Extract from war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


All available officers and other ranks engaged on railway construction fatigue. 4 OR Rejoined ex hospital.