Tag: trench mortars

6 August 1917

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

Front line trenches

At 1-30am. enemy put down a very heavy barrage on front and support lines with trench mortars and shells – including gas shells.  He is also believed to have released cloud gas apposite our left Company.  S.O.S. and gas alarms given.  Our barrage was quickly put down.  “Strafe” lasted about 1 hour.

Two wounded – including 2/Lieut C.G. EDWARDS (at duty)  Eleven suffering from gas.

Work – as before.

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28 June 1917

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

Trenches

The morning was wet but otherwise quiet, but at 5-10 p.m. enemy again put down a barrage rather heavier than on proceeding day.  One casualty was caused.  At 7-10 p.m. the assault was launched, Order of battle from right to left.

16th R. Warwicks Regt, 1st Cheshire Regt, 1st Norfolk Regt, 1st Bedford Rgt.

The battalion objective was southern half of OPPY WOOD and 200x to south.  Two companies made the assault, C on right and D on the left, B in support and A in Reserve.

The objectives were all gained without any serious opposition and a large number of Germans killed (about 70), very few prisoners were taken.  Our casualties were 3 officers wounded, 10 Other Ranks killed and 40 wounded.

Captain T.F. Robertson commanding “C” Coy 2/Lt R.L. Dampier-Bennett and 2/Lt E.J. Jones were the officers wounded.

Half an hour after the assault a terrific thunderstorm occurred and every one was wet to the skin.

In spite of this the work of consolidation was carried out and by morning the trenches were in a fairly good condition.  No counter attack was made by the enemy and the night passed quietly. Capt. Groves came up and took over ‘C’ Coy.

See O.C’s No 75076 attached.

2 German light machine guns, 08/15 pattern were taken and 5 light trench mortars.  In addition large quantities of equipment, rifles, bombs and S.A.A.

10 April 1917

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

Trench routine, there were continual bursts of enemies Trench Mortar activity throughout the day, much heavy stuff was also sent over RIDGE WOOD directly in rear of this sub sector, during the night an enemy raiding party entered our front positions & captured two men from an advanced bombing post.  2Lieut N.V. WALLIS and one O.R. killed in action, 3 O.R. wounded.

7 March 1917

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[At Bombay, en route to Mesopotamia]

Reville 6am. Tea as soon as up. Parade 6.30 sharp. March then physical exercises until 7.30. Breakfast to 9am. O/Cs inspection at 9am to see if our clothes were a proper fit. All measured yesterday before issued. Quite different to the way they issue clothing at home. After inspection, squad drill until 12 noon. Commencing just like raw recruits and not rushed in the least. Officers and NCOs seem quite a decent lot. CO spoke nicely to use and said that if we behaved ourselves we would be made very comfortable. Skill every half hour during drill, standing at ease nearly half the time. Finished at 1 for the day. Finished my letter that I started in the ship and fixed up the tent and made it quite respectable. We really are very comfortable up to now and have nothing to grumble at.

Walked to village after sunset. Rather a quaint place and a very peculiar sight to me. Wrote home.

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

Trenches, Cambrin sector

Combined Trench Mortar shoot, to stop enemy sniping, carried out at 4.P.M., 4.45.P.M., 7.P.M., and 11.P.M.  Several Germans seen running to cover.  2 killed.  Sgt WOOD, “B” Company, sniped through the spine at 10.A.M.  Enemy activity at night practically NIL.