Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
04.00 Battalion moved forward to JOLIMETZ as Reserve Batt. To the 15th Infantry Brigade. Operation Order attached
10.00 Battalion moved forward to LE GODELOT in the FORET DE MORMAL, the information being then that the 1st NORFOLKS had reached the “dotted red Line” which ran through LE GODELOT, and the 1st BEDFORDS were well on their way to the “Yellow Line” about 5,000 Tds East of the “Dotted Red Line”, On [sic] reaching LE GODELOT fresh orders were received to move to the original xxxx indicated position for deployment about 1,000 yds West of the “Yellow Line” – Route via FORESTERS HOUSE. This road had been blown up in many places, and was continuously shelled (principally gas) in the neighbourhood of FORESTERS HOUSE. One Officer was killed. Considerable delay was caused and the state of the road necessitated the Lewis Gun Limber being off-loaded early and the guns and S.A.A. carried by the men. On arrival at deployment position orders were received to push on in support of 1st BEDFORDS who had been temporarily held up by Machine Guns. The 1st BEDFORDS were to occupy the “Yellow Line”, The 1st CHESHIRES to advance through them to the “Brown Line” (about 2,000 yds East of the “Yellow Line” and running along the main road QUENE AU LOUP – PONT SUR SAMBRE). The 1st CHESHIRES advanced through the dense part of the Forest on a Compass bearing – “A” and “C” in front, “B” and “D” in support. The four Companies were clear of the deployment position at 15.45 hours. Batt. H.Q. moved at 16.45 hours to LA CABINE with a forward report centre at LA PORCQUERIE – 1,200 Yds further East, whither Batt. H.Q. moved later. At 16.30 hours the CHESHIRE Companies passed through the 1st BEDFORDS and went forward meeting with little opposition except sporadic Artillery fire. It was raining steadily throughout. The going through the Forest was very bad, the undergrowth dense, and direction difficult to keep. On emerging from the Forest the difficulty lay mainly in the extreme darkness of the night, which made it hard to keep touch, maintain direction, or to re-organise. In spite of this by 19.35 hours all Companies were reported to be in position and consolidated on their objective with “A” and “C” Companies in the front line and “B” and “D” Companies forming defensive flank. No other Battalion in the adjacent Brigade frontages arrived on this line till 10 hours later
Extract from war diary of 23rd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
15.45 After artillery treatment of known hostile M-G. and T-M posts D.Coy establishes line of posts on E. bank of River L’ESCAU. Casualty 1 O.R. wounded. Simultaneously No 10. Platoon of C. Coy under Sec. Lieut. Hamilton crosses, river and advances along causeway towards HERRINES in order to establish post in crater. Enemy evacuate crater which is occupied by our patrol. Subsequently crater and causeway is subjected to heavy artillery and T-M bombardment. Two T-M shells fall into crater wounding Sec-Lieut Hamilton and killing or wounding every man in the post.
The Platoon withdraws to W. bank of river under heavy shrapnel H.E. & Gas Shell bombardment. Casualties:- officers, 1 wounded Other ranks, 2 killed 16 wounded 2 missing
Extract from war diary of 4th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
04.00 arrived at ZANDVOORDE and proceeded to dig in by platoons. One Enemy shell in B Coys area causing considerable casualties. H.Q. in P3a 8.0.
Extract from war diary of 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
07.00 Enemy shelled N. of KARALI.
07.45 Enemy shelled CAKLI district.
11.45 Orders received for Battn to relieve 1st Battn York and Lancs Regt. after dark in MAHMUDLI sector of Defence line.
15.40 Order received confirming relief. Bn order 54 issued.
Battalion left ERDZILLI and marched to Defence line via RABOVO – VALLEY POST – CASTLE HILL. Arrived MAHMUDLI 23.30 hours.
Relief complete 0100 hours 21st instant.
Extract from war diary of 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Situation generally quiet. Usual artillery activity. At 9-30 pm. Hostile patrol attempted to bomb one of our posts but was driven off.
2 OR Killed. Capt WD Kenyon died of wounds. 2 officers 4 OR wounded.
6 OR Sick.
Extract from war diary of 9th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Relief was completed by 12.30 A.M. Capt G.C. LOWRY wounded. 2nd Lieut MOLYNEUX and Lieut MILBOURNE reported their arrival. There was considerable shelling during the night with a few gas shells at 4.30 A.M. At 4.30 A.M. the enemy put down a barrage on our line which lasted until 5.15 A.M. At 11 A.M. C and D Coy patrols reached SALLY TRENCH SAPPER TRENCH & SALAD TRENCH, meeting no opposition. Our line now ran as follows: 2 platoons of C Coy. held line 50 yds W of LA BASSEE Road from SALLY to MITZI Trenches thence along MITZI trench to S.11.c.2.3 (Sheet 36 S.W.) 2 platoons D Coy held from S.11.c.2.3. along MITZI trench to about S.16.b.1.7. where the line was continued south by 8th Bn. N. Stafford Regt. We pushed forward a post to S.17.a.2.7. thick wire preventing further progress.
Casualties for the day 2 O.Rs. Wdd. 4 O.Rs joined for duty today
Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
The Battalion was ordered to attack and capture BEUGNY village and occupy the high ground to the East of it – on a 1,500 yard front with the 1st NORFOLKS on the right and the 62nd Division on the left. Ten minutes before zero hour the enemy put down an extremely heavy barrage on the assembly position causing heavy casualties and putting most of the Officers and N.C.Os out of action before the advance commenced. In spite of this however, the right Company (“A” Coy) under 2nd Lieut J.D. PINGUEY, went on through the village, capturing several prisoners and succeeded in reaching their final objective in touch with the 1st NORFOLKS. The left Company advanced about 1,000 yards and were then held up by very heavy hostile machine gun fire which also held up the Division on the left. An enemy counter-attack later in the day drove back the left flank of “A” Company and the right flank of the 1st NORFOLKS, where there was a gap of about 500 yards between them and the NEW ZEALAND Division.
An immediate counter-attack however re-established the position on the high ground held by the 1st NORFOLKS and the left was swung back through the western outskirts of the village. This position was held throughout the night.