20 November 1914

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

Ypres

Battalion in reserve dug outs. Some shelling. Total casualties since going into trenches, Killed 35 Wounded 99 Missing 65 – (Nov 5th – Nov 20th).

Extract from the diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

charles brockbank

Friday. Last night there were 3 inches of snow, but we were moved about four miles out of the town today, to a little village at the top of a very long hill. Owing to the snow & frost during the night the roads were almost impassible [sic] for horse transport & when the hill was reached we hitched extra horses to all the wagons & then fixed drag ropes to the axels, & men hauled onto these. The horses fell from time to time and it took us just seven hours to cover the four miles. It really was hard work for both man & beast.

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