Tag: Westhoek Ridge

16 August 1917

Extract from war diary of 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

The Division attacked with the 167 and 169 Inf Bde at 4.45am from the present front line, which runs from a point just east of WESTHOEK in a southerly direction for about 1200yds. D and C Coy were attached to the 167 and 169 Inf Bdes respectively and were to be used for the purpose of consolidation. Owing to the advance being held up the companies were not called upon for work until night when B Coy also proceeded to the front line and the three companies were ordered to carry material and to assist the R.E’s in the construction of strong points. Hostile shelling was very heavy and after carrying the material the parties were ordered to return as it was impossible for the work of construction to be carried out. The 3 companies returned to camp at about 3.0am. The causalities sustained were comparatively small, being Other Ranks 1 killed, 14 wounded (2 at duty) and 2 missing.

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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.

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.