Tag: trenches

13 October 1917

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

Front line

Practically no shelling. Front line bad.  All available men working & improving.

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6 October 1917

Extract from war diary of 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

On the 6th the Battalion relieved the 2nd OXFORD & BUCKS. L.I. (2nd Division) in the CANAL Sector from A.22.a.1.9. on the North to A.27.b.5.4. on the South. Dispositions being – 3 Companies in the front line, 1 Company in Support and Batt. H.Q. at BRADDELL POINT, A.21.c.1.7. Transport Lines at LE QUESNOY. The trenches taken over were in good condition but a large amount of work had to be done to prevent them becoming very bad in wet weather.

25 September 1917

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

I had to take my own company & then No 3 company on the range, for a morning’s shooting. Eason & 70 of our men went out to dig at 2 PM. A company commander 5’ pow-wow at 3 PM, so no afternoon rest possible before night work. I had 150 men to take out to the trenches at Windy Post, where we were bombing up the front of the parapets with sand. The Turks saw us in the moonlight & turned on a machine-gun, very straight too. We lay in the holes from which we had been digging out sand, & when we ran in twos & threes back to the trenches, fired. Some men left their rifles out in front, & did not like fetching them, so I insulted them by going out and collecting the rifles & a few spades & handing them politely & silently into the trench. One RE wounded.

18 September 1917

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

Berthen

Preparations for the Offensive were completed.  Parties were detailed for special and ex-regimental employ, and “A” Coy of the R.W.F with 2 Officers was attached to this Battn for the operations.  1 Platoon was attached to each coy, and considered from thence onwards as part of the Coy.  Advance party proceeded to take over accommodation for the Battn in the line, as the Brigade was relieving the 111th Infantry Brigade.  All surplus Personnel were sent to the Depot (SIEGE FARM) by 1 pm and all Battle stores issue to men. At 3.30 pm the Battn started to move to YORK ROAD where it was to embus, [sic] the men were all ready in their fighting order and carrying all stores etc necessary for the attack.  The Busses started at 4 pm and the Battn debussed at (ST ELOI), and moved into the dug-outs they were taking over.  This move was completed by 7 pm without casualty.

2 September 1917

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

Battalion proceeded to the trenches in the ZLEIN [sic] ZILLEBEKE sector and took over from 12 Sussex Regt. Considerable artillery and aeroplane activity on both sides. No material damage caused to our lines. Working parties engaged deepening support trenches.

Lieut G H Churchill struck off strength.     2 OR to hospital sick.

2nd Lieut G Rowley, MC., rejoined.   1 OR Rejoined.