Extract from the diary of B H Gregg (13277), 12th (Service) Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
[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]
Large breakfast of bread & apricot jam. Church Parade 9a.m. Short service & back to Parade Ground. Inspected by Commanding Officer: Colonel the Hon- Dalziel C. B. who said a few words indicating he will give as much liberty & comfort consistent with efficiency, provided we act decently. He reckons to trust us and the actions of one blighter may make it bad for a good many others. Have received only one letter since arrival. The system is not very good. A corporal collects the platoons, calls out the names & tosses over the letter. Did some washing of socks and collars.