27 December 1916

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

Infantry drill in the morning. Sergeant Stelfox D, the younger of the two brothers, went to hospital, as something is wrong with one toe & the doctor says he will never be able to march well enough to be an infantry soldier- a serious loss, as he is about our best man. We lost Sgt Waite two days ago, sent to England to be trained as an RE officer. We had a little more infantry drill in the afternoon, & are already pretty sick of it. As Barron is likely to go away at the end of the week, we have to try to learn as much as we can before he goes, so we get no variety.

26 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

After group round Lt Price told the Cheshires off. He said they hadn’t the slightest idea what discipline was and they were the worst lost in the battalion and that he was bloody well ashamed of them. Still alongside. Paid 8/-. Another 16 passes. Several came back drunk and made an awful noise until well after midnight. Fighting, etc

25 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Christmas day (alongside quay). Service around 10am. Awful dinner. 3 rotten potatoes and a price of fat underdone meat and an orange. No sign of any Xmas pudding. Felt most miserable all day. Wrote home (16 men allowed ashore out of our crowd). Went for dinner.

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

Support trenches

250 men employed in carrying T.M. ammunition.  2nd Lieut JAQUES proceeded on leave and 9 O.R’s.   It was decided to hold no Xmas dinner but to wait until January 2nd

Extract from the official war diary of the 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Christmas Day was very quiet, enemy acted quite decent, did not fire their guns for the whole of the day.

24 December 1916

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

VLAMERINGHE

Battalion entrained for YPRES to relieve the 4/5th Black Watch in the Right Battalion Support Sector, Canal Bank.   Relief complete by 9-45p.m.

2nd Lieut W.R.Watkins Invalided to England    10 OR to Hospital Sick   1 OR  Rejoined ex Hosp

23 December 1916

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

AUTHEUX

Training and recreation as above, the following have been awarded the Military Medal for “Bravery in the Field” 18113 Sgt. A.C.B. Clarke, 11134 C.S.M. A.B. Fernley, 12728 C.Q.M.S. Dawson F. 12478 Sgt Higginbotham C. 11828 L/C Smith H.P. (since Killed in Action)

22nd December 1916

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

METEREN

The battalion was relieved by the 8th Border Regt and moved into reserve at LE ROMARIN.    The following day was spent in bathing and a certain amount of training was carried out during the period.   A draft of 93 O.R. joined on this date.   On the 25th a fine performance was given at the Brigade Cinema Theatre to the battalion and on the 26th a regimental concert was held and on the 27th a performance was given by the Divisional Pierrot troupe.   The semi-final and final of the football competition started in September at AGENVILLE was completed were played the final being won by “A” Coy.