Tag: route march

27 February 1918

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

It was raining hard in the morning, & we had to pack up tents & everything and march along the Nablus road, through Birch, to a point about a mile North of a lake called Balua. The march was bad, rain mud & hail, but the arrival was worse, as our camp area was a muddy swamp and we got these about noon. Somehow we got the tents up, & then collected stones to have them with raising the stove floors above the mud level. It rained furiously nearly all the time with a strong cold wind. Our cooks managed to get a fire going & made tea. Nearly everything was wet through, but once we had got into our tents, life became bearable again. A shell or two fell within about half a mile.


23 January 1918

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

We had an early start this morning, 8 am, marching hard all day, with an hours halt for lunch near CAMPOSAMPIERO, and not reaching our billets at OSPEDALETTO till 6 pm.  It was a nice cold day, but 35 km to cover was too much for the troops. The road in parts was very rough, and the thaw which had set in did not tend to make things easier. We only took light haversack rations, so by the time we got our evening meal (9.30 pm) we were famished. C Coy got poor but clean billets, our mess being in the house of the village joiner, who also a farmer. The inhabitants are very shy but we try on them the few Italian words we know. We are not to move on till the day after tomorrow.

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.