Tag: shelling

24 November 1917

Extract from war diary of 13th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


1am Sent reconnoitring patrol into NO MANS LAND enemy wire found to be bad.

2am Two Hunting Patrols of 1 N.C.O & 5 men and 1 Assault Patrol of 1 Officer and 13 O.R crossed to Enemy front line. Patrols remained out several hours obtaining valuable information as regards enemy wire & portion of line cleared. No prisoner captured.

3.20am Assault Patrol of one officer 11 O Ranks supported on both flanks by LGs & teams crossed to enemy line but on reaching parapet held up by M.Gs, rifle, hand grenades, rendering preventing further progress.

10am to 3 pm Our Artillery carried out wire cutting between Railway Crater & MAD POINT. Enemy Shelled our Support LINES heavily with 4.2s between RAILWAY ALLEY & MUNSTER TUNNEL.


9 October 1917

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

Lieut-Col H.R. BENTLY proceedinged on leave.

Day of attack.  Our barrage opened at 5-20 am.

Attack successful except that POLDERHOEK CHATEAU remained in the enemy’s hands.  There was much hostile sniping from the CHATEAU.

The Dressing Station and Bn. H.Q “pill-box” received several hits.

Heavy hostile bombardment opened at 3 p.m.

C.S.M. W. GRIFFITHS killed.

Casualties – 1 Other Rank killed, 7 wounded.