Tag: route march

29 August 1917

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

We had reveillé at 3.30 AM, got up & shaved in the dark, and went for a route march at 5 AM, doing about eight miles in marching order. A programme of work had to be sent in by the battalion to brigade, & was to consist of a fair proportion of sports. They put in a ludicrous series of things like boxing, relay races etc for the afternoons, and then sent a copy of it to the company commanders with orders to carry it out. Their lying eyewash would be homeless if they took the responsibility of it themselves, but if enquiry is made as to why 200 men did not play football with one ball on soft sand, or box without gloves, it is our fault! In the evening we suddenly heard that we move again tomorrow!


29 July 1917

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

Rossignol Wood

The Battalion moved into the support area, going into camp at ROSSIGNOL WOOD, N.22.a.  The march was commenced at 5.0 pm. and camp was reached about 6.0 pm.

A working party of 100 O.R. was supplied to 5th S.W.B. for carrying material in the forward area.

The Brigade prepared for an operation to be carried out by the 56th Brigade east of OOSTTAVERNE.  Battle preparations were made.

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.

5 May 1917

Extract from war diary of 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

An early start was made and battalion marched with remainder of Brigade to SETQUES passing through outskirts of St. OMER. Two companies who were to go to QUELMES were told when on the way to proceed to SETQUES instead where H.Q. were also established. Though march was one of 22 kilometers and day was hot and dusty no one fell out. Billets were very comfortable.

29 April 1917

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

The Brigade moved into YPRES Salient reserve area in relief of the 95 68th Brigade.  The march orders are shown in App.  Owing to the Coys being so scattered & it being impossible to rendezvous in the time after the receipt of Bde. Orders, the battn. was fifteen minutes late in passing the battn. starting point.  The Bn. halted on the Western outskirts of BERTHEN village at 2.50 p.m.  Dinners were served & the march resumed at 4 p.m.  The route taken was via. C. 17. Central (Sheet 27) & not thro’ WESTOUTRE as laid down in Bde Operation Orders.  This road proved to be unmetalled & not as shewn on the maps & impassable for Transport.  The Transport accordingly regained the WESTOUTRE-RENNIGHELST. RD.  Meanwhile the infantry on reaching the RENINGHELST-POPERINGHE RD. was met by the Bde. Major, with information that the destination had been altered from LINDE HOECK FARM to MONTREAL Camp at H. 19. b. (Sheet 28).  Camp was reached at 7.30 p.m.  Transport lines were situated at H 19.a.3.4.  An advanced party