Tag: training

23 June 1917

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

Moulle

The Battalion engaged in special training in open warfare on training area.  Artillery formation, extended order drill, musketry, outposts, physical training and bayonet fighting, constituting the programme of training carried out.

2 O.R. to Hospital Sick.   3 O.R. rejoined ex Hospital.

2nd Lieut H.Melling left to join R.F.C. on probation, and struck off strength of Battalion.

2 O.R. transferred to M.G.C. (H.B.)., and struck off strength.

15 June 1917

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

Coulomby

The Battalion undergoing special training in open warfare, etc., on the training area.  Artillery formations, extended order drill, musketry, etc. constituting the programme of training carried out.

5 O.R. to Hospital Sick.   1 O.R. to Hospital Wounded.

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

Front line

There was very heavy hostile shelling on the front area, where a new trench system was being formed.  Calls for retaliation were constantly coming down from Coys.  From 4-30 p.m to 6-30 p.m. a very heavy bombardment was put up on our line.  Casualties were slight, only one or two men being wounded.  Orders were received to carry out patrols on the front with a view to gaining touch with the enemy.  Reports by patrols lead by 2Lts COLVIN and READ are appended.  These officers were complimented by the Brigadier on the way in which these patrols were carried out.

3 June 1917

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

De Zon camp

The battn. paraded for Divine Service in the morning.  50 men were supplied to the Brigade for carrying.  A concentrated bombardment, followed by a practice barrage on the ridge was carried out, and was witnessed by Officers and N.C.O’s from KEMMEL HILL.  A second barrage was carried out in the afternoon.  A third demonstration was made at night.  The Brigade commenced to hold the front line as a series of outposts in NO MANS LAND, in order to keep hostile patrols from using NO MANS LAND.

30 May 1917

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

We march in rear of our lines to an open clear spot where we have a practice gas attack.  Smoke bombs are thrown and real gas is turned on us as we march along towards the gas cylinder.  The smoke bombs were thrown first that being a signal for us to don our gas helmets, which we did very quickly then the real gas was turned on. There were no casualties.