Tag: route march

2 June 1918

Extract from war diary of 4th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

06.15 March to LATRUN commenced

09.30 arrived  LATRUN and bivoucked for night

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18 May 1918

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

VITRY-LA-VILLE the detraining station was reached at 10.30 a.m.  Here the Battalion was met by the Staff Captain, who directed the way to LA CHAUSSÉE, where the Battalion’s billets were situated.  This involved a march of about 6 Kilos, which proved very trying owing to the great heat of the day.  Billets were reached by 1.15 p.m (App K.72).  All companies were very comfortable, the billets being exceedingly good.  The surrounding country, although not offering the best facilities for training, was very fine and the canal afforded good bathing, which was much enjoyed by all ranks during the hot weather that followed. Rest and cleaning up.

27 March 1918

Extract from the diary of Capt Ferguson, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment 

We got orders for a move last evening, ready to start 7 am this morning; later this time was changed to 8 am, only to be changed again till noon. I am very fed up; the weather is wet, and the billet bad. A family with 3 young children that scream both night and day. Better news from France this morning; the enemy advance on the SOMME seems to be held up for the moment. Lieut Easterbrook returned to the battalion today; he has been an instructor at a school during our stay in Italy. All NCO instructors have returned also. The march was long, 20 km, and we are now in a country of small hills, intended to be our training ground for the mountains.  We expect to stay here for about three days, and the billets are excellent. Tonight we have news of the fall of ALBERT, the town we passed through in 1916, over two years ago, and at what a cost? It is sad news indeed. The time has come for every man to fight and save England, and yet people still stop at home.

26 March 1918

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

ACHIET-LE-PETIT

At 5.a.m. Orders were received for the 19th Divn to rendezvous W of BUCQUOY and the Battalion moved at 5.15 a.m. on arrival at BUCQUOY information was obtained that the Division was re-organising at POMMIER, and the Battalion accordingly marched here and arrived about 12.30 p.m, a halt was made at HANNESCAMPS and a meal of dry rations and hot tea was served.  Food was again Supplied at POMMIER and the Battalion moved up to FONQUEVILLERS to the Divisional Sector of the front, where the 56th Brigade was to take up positions in Reserve on relief of the Division by the 4th Australian Division.  The Brigade had moved to HEBUTERNE on the evening of the 25th March and the battn rejoined it after arrival at FONQUEVILLERS.  When the move into reserve took place, billets in SAILLEY-AU-BOIS were allotted to the Battalion and were occupied by 9.p.m.  A post (for the purpose of giving alarm) was put out on the road N.E. of SAILLY and commanding the approaches from HEBUTERNE.

6am The cookers and water carts were ordered to proceed to HEBUTERNE with rations for consumption today.  At 9.a.m hurried orders were received for the Transport and Depot to evacuate SOUASTRE and move in the direction of HENU was immediately commenced.  A line to check the advance of the enemy was formed EAST of SOUSTRE by all troops available.

The Transport & Depot arrived in HENU at 12 noon.  Rations and Stragglers were sent up to the Battalion at SAILLY-AU-BOIS.