Tag: shelling

8 October 1918

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

WYTCHAETE

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.

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20 September 1918

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.

6 September 1918

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

Richebourg

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

2 September 1918

Extract from war diary of 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

TRENCHES FAVREUIL

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.

31 August 1918

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

DRANOUTRE

The advance continued slowly through the night, although it was very dark and pouring with rain making the country extremely difficult to recognise.   By 8am the Battalion had passed through DRANOUTRE.  We took up a line running 1,400 yards N E of NEUVE EGLISE from T.7.b.3.4 (Sheet 28 SW. 1/20,000) and it was here that we met strong enemy resistance in the shape of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.  The enemy was holding the system of trenches on the top of ridge.

One Company advanced as far as the railway running through T.8.a.5.4. but was ultimately forced to fall back owing to the intense fire. At dusk we were relieved by the 7th.R.Irish Rgt. and returned to CANADA CORNER area.

Our casualties were extremely light in spite of the heavy hostile shelling throughout the latter part of the day.

1 officer & 4 OR Killed.   16 OR wounded.   1 officer & 2 OR Sick.

21 August 1918

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

Support trenches, Locon sector

At 5 A.M. the advance was resumed with the intention of establishing an outpost line approximately R.32.b.9.8. to X 3a.4.4.  It immediately became difficult on the right by the canal bank as the enemy put down a barrage of 5.9s and opened heavy machine gun fire from the East side of the canal.  By 6.30. AM. the left company had reached R.32.b.7.5. and were then held up by Machine Gun fire from both flanks, especially from about R.33.a.2.8.  The right company were pushing slowly forward.  The machine gun fire from the east of the canal had now ceased but the enemy artillery fire was still considerable.  At 10.20 A.M. the position was as follows: Left Company – a Lewis Gun post at R.32.b.8.5, Rifle post at R.32.b.7.3. with Rifle post from Battalion on left immediately alongside.  The remainder of the Company holding the line with left at R.32.d.7.7. and right at X.3a.3.9.  The right company continuing the line to X.3.a.4.4.  During the afternoon the 1/6th S. Staffords established a post on the eastern bank of the LAWE canal at X.3.a.5.3.  The above positions were maintained until nightfall when the Battalion was relieved by the 8th N. Staffords Regt. and withdrawn into support in the PERTH and ABERDEEN Lines with Bn. H.Q. at W.34.b.3.8.  Casualties during the day were 2Lieut W.A.C. DAVEY killed Capt R.H. HASLAM wounded and 28 other ranks killed, wounded & missing.