Tag: shelling

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.


15 February 1918

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

Having now got a nightly ferry, and the hopes of a future ‘stunt’, British HQ want to know all about the other side. Early this morning, Lt Bradstock Lockett and a sergeant, went across to stop all day with orders to get as near the enemy trenches as possible, and get general information.  It was a very plucky effort; when daylight came, we could see them well up the scrub, near the enemy wall.  They had to use the greatest caution and the weather was not good, with heavy snow showers at intervals. We arranged to have the ferry over at dusk, but by 4 pm, they were so cold that they ran back in a heavy storm, and forded the river.  I consider young Lockett ought to have been honoured for this days work, but I doubt if he even got the thanks of Brigade.  An officer in D Coy got wounded by a splinter in the eye; this officer only joined us last night so I have never seen him.  The enemy have been doing quite an extra amount of shelling today; ‘whiz-bangs’ have been hovering around. No damage has been done and nobody seems to be disturbed by them.

11 February 1918

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

Trenches, WIELTJE

Battalion in line.   Considerable artillery activity all day.  Enemy retaliated heavily to our barrages and shelling with 77mm.  Generally engaged making good damage caused to trenches and putting out wire.   2 Patrols reconnoitred the front.

10 reinforcements joined.    3 OR rejoined.

10 February 1918

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

Trenches, WIELTJE

Battalion in the line.  Considerable artillery activity on both sides both day and night, enemy replying immediately to our barrages.  Very active with trench mortars, rifle grenades and whiz-bangs.  Front line trenches slightly damaged.

2 OR killed.  5 OR to hospital sick.  8 OR hospital wounded.

7 February 1918

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

Our work here is light, but I am making cover trenches round my houses, in case the Austrian feels like fighting; up to now, he leaves everything to the Hun bombers on their nightly straf. One came down in a field a few nights ago, and the pilot left his plane intact, but was caught trying to get over the PIAVE last night. I have also put in time by visiting the front line with my NCOs who have now all been to the parts they will have to hold. It is again dry here, but one need never use the trench, as the big embankment gives wonderful protection, and hides everything; even ration carts roll up at night, dropping rations at every coy HQ, saving endless fatigue. At present the river is not very wide, and much wire is put out on the shingle bed. The view from the posts on the embankment is perfect, as the opposite bank rises up to the snow-capped hills, and is studded with small white villages and farmhouses. In fact, the line is perfect in every way.

6 February 1918

Extract from the diary of Lt Eric M Stuart, 12th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment  [In Salonika]

I was on in early hours. Nothing doing. At 12.30 in retaliation for a bombardment of their lives they started to bombard Rockley and during the next 3 hours they put over about 350 shells. We had 2 men killed(Cpl. Kennedy) and 4 wounded(1 seriously). I had two near shaves when going round the trenches. We had the front line blown to blazes but not too much damage otherwise. I was on first whack at night, nothing much doing. Letter from Knobbs.

20 January 1918

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


At dawn,  A and D Coys 2Ches Rgt. followed by ½ C Coy as fencers (ROAD & RLY POSTS) raided the enemy outpost line about the village of BUTKOVA DZUMA.  About 40 Bulgars were killed, our casualties were 1 O.R. killed and 1 officer (Capt. R. KINGSMITH) and 3 O.R’s wounded.  The raid was carried out according to plan, a description is given in the attached report.

After the raiding party had returned to BUTKOVA, the Artillery shelled the enemy outpost line until the return from BUTKOVA at dusk.