1 – 7 September 1914

1 September 1914

Extract from the diary of Lt William Batty

[Lt Batty joined the Territorial Army in the winter of 1912/13 and was a rifleman in the 6th Bn, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. He received mobilisation papers on 4 August and spent most of August in training. He was told on 31 August that the 6th Bn would be leaving the next day for the south of England]

Very early … we were roused, packed up and fell in to march into the town. We went to St George’s Hall and stacked our arms on the steps while the officers made enquiries about trains at Lime St Station opposite. For some time nothing further happened and we were then told that as it would be some time before anything was ready we could fall out in three successive batches and make our own arrangements about breakfast. With some friends I went over to a hotel and had some very welcome bacon and eggs. When we had all eaten and fallen in again a haversack lunch of bread and cheese was issued which most of us supplemented with apples and chocolate. At about ten o’clock we entrained and set off. Long after dark, at the end of a weary day’s travel we were turned out at a wayside station which we noticed without enthusiasm was called Earlswood. We were so tired that we lay down on the platform and went off to sleep again.

2 September 1914

Extract from the diary of B H Gregg

[Pte Gregg joined up in August 1914 in Chester and was posted to the newly formed 12th Bn and sent to Lewes for training. He survived the war and died aged 102 in Canada]

Masses of men seem to spend all day standing in the [Chester] Castle yard listening to roll call. Drill formations soon dissolve. We have no idea, why we are here, how long we shall be here, what we are in or what we are not doing. It was just standing around. 

3 September 1914

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

Montgē

5.50 am Marched to St Germain arriving about 4pm – Battalion was the left of the 2nd Army Outpost line and held the Village of St Germain. Couilly with a detached Post at the star roads at Daniville.

4 September 1914

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

St. Germain

Divisional Conference 10am at Bouleurs. Orders to move reached Division at 10am. Troops kept waiting to move at short notice till 10pm. Marched at 11-45pm as Rear Guard and reached Gagny at 9a.m. Sept 5th.

5 September 1914

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

Gagny

Reinforced by Lt Hartford 1 Ches. Regt. and 90 other ranks at 4p.m

6 September 1914

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

Gagny

7.50 pm  Marched to Villeneuve arrived at 9-15a.m. bivouaced.  Left 1-15p.m arrived at Mortcerf 5p.m. Left 7p.m arrived at Montlevon 8.30p.m. Received news this day of the German General retirement in disorder. 

7 September 1914

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

Montlevon

12.15 pm Left Montlevon and marched to Trouchet. Here C and D Coys were detached to drive a wood in an Easterly direction to a point at Mouroux. Pte Hall and Pte Woods both wounded by shells fired by our own Artillery into the wood whilst the men were being lined up to drive it. Reached Boissy-le Chatel at 7-30p.m. Ptes Hall and Woods transfer to Field Ambulance.

 

 

 

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