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7 October 1918

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


Lecture by O.C. Coys on the use of the compass.

Practice attack on enemy trenches at night.


30 September 1918

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


The Bn attacked at 4-30 a.m. towards BARRACK TRENCH (N.E of GONNELIEU) under a very accurate barrage put down by our own artillery.  Darkness hindered the advance but the signal for the objective being taken was sent up at 6 a.m.

1Field Gun, several Machine Guns and 53 prisoners were captured.

The 1st NORFOLKS passed through this Bn and advanced to the HINDENBURG LINE.

The Battalion was relieved by 13th Bn Rifle Brigade of 37th Division at 5-30 p.m.

29 September 1918

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


Bn remained in the same positions the whole of the day – several suggested attacks being cancelled.

Enemy Machine Gunners and Snipers were active throughout.

During the night of 29th / 30th, the Bn moved into assembly positions in HOLLY Trench and HOLLY Support.

On this occasion “C” and “D” Coys were in front.  “C” on right and “D” on left.  “A” and “B” Coys were in support.

6 September 1918

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


Relief was completed by 12.30 A.M.  Capt G.C. LOWRY wounded.  2nd Lieut MOLYNEUX and Lieut MILBOURNE reported their arrival.  There was considerable shelling during the night with a few gas shells at 4.30 A.M.  At 4.30 A.M. the enemy put down a barrage on our line which lasted until 5.15 A.M.  At 11 A.M. C and D Coy patrols reached SALLY TRENCH SAPPER TRENCH & SALAD TRENCH, meeting no opposition.  Our line now ran as follows: 2 platoons of C Coy. held line 50 yds W of LA BASSEE Road from SALLY to MITZI Trenches thence along MITZI trench to S.11.c.2.3 (Sheet 36 S.W.) 2 platoons D Coy held from S.11.c.2.3. along MITZI trench to about S.16.b.1.7. where the line was continued south by 8th Bn. N. Stafford Regt.  We pushed forward a post to S.17.a.2.7. thick wire preventing further progress.

Casualties for the day 2 O.Rs. Wdd.  4 O.Rs joined for duty today

2 September 1918

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


The Battalion was ordered to attack and capture BEUGNY village and occupy the high ground to the East of it – on a 1,500 yard front with the 1st NORFOLKS on the right and the 62nd Division on the left.  Ten minutes before zero hour the enemy put down an extremely heavy barrage on the assembly position causing heavy casualties and putting most of the Officers and N.C.Os out of action before the advance commenced.  In spite of this however, the right Company (“A” Coy) under 2nd Lieut J.D. PINGUEY, went on through the village, capturing several prisoners and succeeded in reaching their final objective in touch with the 1st NORFOLKS.  The left Company advanced about 1,000 yards and were then held up by very heavy hostile machine gun fire which also held up the Division on the left.  An enemy counter-attack later in the day drove back the left flank of “A” Company and the right flank of the 1st NORFOLKS, where there was a gap of about 500 yards between them and the NEW ZEALAND Division.

An immediate counter-attack however re-established the position on the high ground held by the 1st NORFOLKS and the left was swung back through the western outskirts of the village.  This position was held throughout the night.

31 August 1918

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


The advance continued slowly through the night, although it was very dark and pouring with rain making the country extremely difficult to recognise.   By 8am the Battalion had passed through DRANOUTRE.  We took up a line running 1,400 yards N E of NEUVE EGLISE from T.7.b.3.4 (Sheet 28 SW. 1/20,000) and it was here that we met strong enemy resistance in the shape of heavy machine gun and artillery fire.  The enemy was holding the system of trenches on the top of ridge.

One Company advanced as far as the railway running through T.8.a.5.4. but was ultimately forced to fall back owing to the intense fire. At dusk we were relieved by the 7th.R.Irish Rgt. and returned to CANADA CORNER area.

Our casualties were extremely light in spite of the heavy hostile shelling throughout the latter part of the day.

1 officer & 4 OR Killed.   16 OR wounded.   1 officer & 2 OR Sick.