Tag: shelling

16 June 1918

Extract from war diary of 23rd  Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Was a holiday which is the first since the Battalion arrived in France the camp was cleaned on this day,

On the night of the 16th June an air raid took place and bombs were dropped in the vicinity of the camp.


30 May 1918

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


Orders were issued to the Commanding Officer to move the Battalion in the early morning to the vicinity of SARCY village and to establish HQ in the village.  This was carried out starting at 4.30 a.m, as detailed in App K83.  Reconnaissances were carried out, of the ridge just N.W of SARCY with a view to holding it [sic].  At 11.45 a.m orders were received to take up these positions to allow other units of the 58th Brigade to withdraw through this line and to gain touch on the right with the 56th Brigade whose left was to swing back to SARCY village (App K84).  This was completed by 1 p.m.  There were no troops by this time on the left and as enemy Scouts could be observed in BOIS D’AULNAY the left Company “A” Coy, formed a defensive flank running towards the farm 1 Kilometre SE. of the BOIS D’AULNAY (reference Map SOISSONS 1/100,000) ‘B’ Coy also sent a platoon to reinforce this defensive flank.  From this time onwards considerable enemy movement was seen both of scouts and of larger bodies who followed them up.  The enemy shelling also increased and by evening was fairly heavy, especially on SARCY village.  The enemy attempted to advance from the BOIS D’AULNAY but was held up by the fire of our Lewis Guns and rifles on the left.  Owing to the situation on the left a withdrawal of the Division to a line just South of SARCY village was ordered at 7.30 p.m and the Battalion withdrew by companies from the left, starting at 8.30 p.m.  This was most successfully carried out without casualties and without attracting the attention of the enemy.  The only casualties sustained up to the present were, Officers: – Lieut E.S. EVANS.  2ndLieut L. COOPER 2ndLt. A.B. INCHBOARD, all wounded, and 22 other Ranks.  By midnight fresh positions had been taken up astride the CHAMBRECY-SARCY road and on the high ground 1 mile North of CHAMBRECY and also that ½ mile South of SARCY.

28 May 1918

Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


2am Enemy brought up L.T.M’s & rifle grenades  –      casualties heavy.      Capt. J.H.E. DEANE killed   2 LT.SIDDONS sent down to try to get artillery support  – Estimated casualties 200 O.R.  2 LT P.COOKSON. W.& M – 2LT S.A.ELLIS–M.   2 LT G.B.JORDAN – M.  2LT. T. MOULTON – M.  2LT H.J.HOLLAMBY  M.

6am Composite Batt of 7th Bde formed under command of Lt Col MORRIS D.S.O.  1st WILTS.  –  Part of this Batt under command of Capt & Ajt W.S.FARMER –

Marched North to take up position of slope 1 Mile North of PEVY –     Met troops from that position retiring – enemy having broken through on left,   CHESHIRES of that part fell in together forming one Coy of 5 Officers & 62 O.R. in composite Batt.     Capt R.E. HUFFAM sent off to endeavour to find transport & bring up rations

8am Composite Batt ordered to retire through PEVY & PROUILLY in small parties & take up position on high ground S. of PEV PROUILLY.     Enemy M.G. fire very heavy as we retired across open ground –

9am Took up position on heights S. of PROUILLY. Enemy M.G. fire heavy.

11am Enemy brought up battery of field guns in front (i.e.South) of PEVY and brought very accurate fire to bear on our men who were lying in open without any cover from view or from fire.

11.30am This Battn’s Coy ordered to take up defensive flank on right of hill till 21st Divn fell back through us.    Enemy shelling heavy.    Casualties (estimated) 30 O.R.

2LT A.DOUGLAS wounded.

2.50pm Advised C.O. 1st LINCOLNS that no one left on left or right of Batt. & that I had only 15 men left.

3pm Fell back on partially dug line held by 1st LINCOLNS  –  250x in rear  – Shelling heavy –  Left flank went & enemy brought up M.G. which enfiladed us from left rear.

7.30pm 1st LINCOLNS received orders to withdraw to TILE WORKS  S of LA VESLE River. Marched out with them – and afterward moved W. along JONCHERY road and got in touch with S. STAFFS again ¼ mile N. of T in BRANSCOURT  Ref Map SOISSONS 1/100000.     Drew rations from dump on road  –  and let men sleep for 2 hours in ditch with sentries out in front.

27 May 1918

Extract from war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


Before noon, orders were received to move into support, the line running round the Eastern outskirts of CORMICY astride the CORMICY – GUYENCOURT ROAD.     1 Plat per Coy went up in advance.  Batt in position 2pm.   S.W.BORDERERS on right –    S. STAFFS on left. –     Reported to Bde that gap of ¾mile between our right and left of S.W.B. –     Sent out 2 platoons of A Coy to form defensive flank in this gap.    6 p.m. Bde orders received that S.W.B to take over one Company front of this Battn – two Coys of ours being withdrawn to Bde support –    A Coy on right & D Coy on left ordered to withdraw accordingly –     B & C Coys on centre to extend over whole Battn front. Batt HQ were with 1st LINCOLNS at 9.90.   2.60. (Ref. map BERRY AU BAC.

6.30pm Orders received from Bde Major who was present – for B & C Coys to retire along CORMICY – GUYENCOURT Road, as enemy had broken though on left –

Enemy shelling very heavy throughout, & our guns had ceased firing altogether.

7pm Enemy M Gs were enfilading line from left rear, and large number of low flying enemy planes were firing from M Gs on the troops. Companies sufferd heavil[y] in retirement – particularl[y] B Coy who brought up rear, and D Coy who were on left, and appeared to have been cut off.     2LT. A.H.J.JONES wounded  Lt Col E.C. CADMAN killed by M G. from aeroplane.     Capt & Adjt W.S.FARMER took command and collected stragglers to cover retirement of Battery at  LA BLADCHETACHE as requested by Lt Col Commandg Brigade of Artillery –

7.30pm LT COL MORRIS 4th S Staffs.  arrived & took over command of whole party.     Marched to PEVY where he reported to 7th Bde HQ.  Total of this party 3 off. & 42 O.R. of this Batt. – Arrived PEVY 2.30 am. 28/5/18

Remainder of A. B & C Coys reached position behind BOUVINCOURT where they came under orders of MAJOR CANNON, 1st Wilts.  Total party 3 Off. & 30 O.R. of this Batt.   Party dug in on ridge S. of BOUVINCOURT.   Enemy shelling very heavy & accurate, being directed by aeroplane  – one hostile plane brought down in flames by our rifle fire.

17 May 1918

Extract from war diary of 7th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Telfit, Palestine

0430 All clear

During the early morning a deserter from the enemy came into our “B” post L 4 a 28 occupied by B Coy

1045 Enemy Artillery actively shell part of hill below MOUNT HARRY & the WADI in rear L9 a & c. also ET TELL ( L2 b & d) for about 20 minutes

1630 Occasional shells sent over by enemy during the ensuing half hour

1730 to 1830 Enemy Artillery became much more active, his shells however falling in rear of our lines

15 May 1918

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


Training.  Further details and definite orders for the move were received (App K 71 b.) and orders for the Battalion’s move were issued to all concerned in Bn Order No 11. (App K 71 d).  The enemy’s High Velocity guns were active during the day and 1 man was wounded on a company parade by Shrapnel.  Enemy planes were again active at night.  Major G.J. MARTIN (8th N. Staffs) arrived to take command of Battalion.