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11 August 1917

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

Westhoek Ridge

On the night 11th/12th., the Battalion again moved up to the WESTHOEK Ridge, relieving the 9th Loyal North Lancashire Regt., who had advanced the line some 500 yards from the position held by the Battalion on the 5th. inst. The enemy shell fire during this tour was again very heavy.

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.

3 August 1917

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

Front line trenches

Battalion relieved 1st BEDFORDS in front line, left Battalion front, S. of ARLEUX. “C” and “D” Coys in firing line, “A” and “B” Coys in support. Work continued on front line and communication trenches. “NO MAN’S LAND” patrolled after dark by patrols from both firing line Coys. Great deal of hostile Machine Gun fire after dark. Sergt MANDEVILLE., D.C.M., M.M., killed while returning from patrol.

2 August 1917

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

Bellewarde Ridge

The Shelling Continued throughout the day – though except at intervals it was not so heavy as the previous 24 hours.   Weather conditions still remained bad and it rained almost the whole day.  Companies were organized as far as possible and collected together in shell holes and dry bits of trench[e]s.   G.C. Companies visited the front line.   All Officers received their meals at Bn HQ and slept in turns on the two bunks Bn HQ dugout.

1 August 1917

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

St Julien

Battalion consolidating position gained previous day and making strong points under continuous hostile shell and machine gun fire.  Operations were held up owing to the very inclement weather, everywhere having become a quadmire [sic], and considerable difficulty was experienced in the getting up of rations and supplies.  During the evening the Battalion was relieved and moved back to the trenches in “X” Lines, 3 Officers and 57 Other ranks strong.

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

Westhoek Ridge

On the morning of the 1st about 7 a.m. the Battalion moved up from the position of readiness in RAILWAY WOOD and relieved the 2nd Batt. West Yorkshire Regt., who were holding the line on the WESTHOEK Ridge. During the whole of this tour the weather remained very bad and the trenches, where they existed, were knee deep in water. A large number of casualties were caused by enemy shell fire which was exceptionally heavy throughout the tour.