Tag: trenches

6 November 1918

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


Battalion remained in position on the Brown Line.  Enemy Artillery was very active but ill-directed.  His Machine Gun fire was intermittent and his Machine Guns well placed.  At 17.00 hours one Platoon of “A” Company was despatched to the Bridge at PONT SUR SAMBRE (South of the Battalion Boundary) to protect it from the near Bank, and prevent it from being further tampered with.   It was, however, blown up while the party was on its way down.  At dusk “B” and “D” Companies advanced and took the ridge immediately commanding the SAMBRE River which, during the day, had been swept by Machine Gun fire.  The R.E. constructed a Pontoon Bridge during the night within the Battalion frontage, N.E. of PONT SUR SAMBRE.


31 October 1918

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


Battalion in line.    Enemy reported to have withdrawn from river line, but our patrols proved this to be incorrect and that the enemy was holding outpost line in greater strength tha[n] previously.    1 Off  5 OR Sick.


21 October 1918

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

Front line

On the morning of 21st orders were received regarding the continuance of the advance.  The whole Army was to attack, the 5th Division to work with the 42nd Division on the left and the 21st on the right.

To the 15th Infantry Brigade fell the task of taking the village of BEAURAIN and the high ground immediately East of it, passing through the 95th Infantry Brigade on the old Brown line.

The 1st BEDFORDS were to be the Right front Battalion, 1st CHESHIRES left front with 1st NORFOLKS support.

The Battalion formation was “A” Coy (Lieut WADE) Right Front, “B” Company (Capt G.B. LOCKETT) Left front, “C” Company (2/Lt L.O. KITCHINGMAN) Right Support, “D” Company (Lieut J. BLAND) Left Support.

Companies to attack on a two Platoon front.  On reaching the Green Line (Western outskirts of village) the leading Platoons were to dig in, the support Companies were to leap frog through to the Red Line or Final Objective (Eastern outskirts of village).

Zero hour was to be 03.20 hours, and the attack was to be preceeded by a creeping barrage advancing at the rate of 100 yards in six minutes.

At 08.40 hours the 37th Division were to pass through the 15th Infantry Brigade and carry on the pursuit.

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.