7 January 1916

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

PLOEGSTEERT WOOD

During this day the enemy on the whole, was passive. A new O.P. is being constructed in parapet of T120 for observation of BIRD CAGE. No observation of importance was made owing to destruction of O.P. at PALK VILLA, which was again shelled during the morning. Our heavies replied on the BIRDCAGE.

6.15am

Working party heard opposite T 114. Reported to MG which opened fire, results not observed.

Listening posts T 114 – T 120 reported nothing to be heard. A patrol under 2/Lt Bushe left T 117 at 7 p.m. and returned at 9 p.m. with the German flag planted in no mans land. The flag was attached by wire to tree and enemy M.G. was trained upon it from position E of BIRD CAGE and near PELERIN C.T.

Flashes of guns were seen between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. directly E of BIRD CAGE. Impossible to judge distance.

Whilst digging out space for dug-out in T 116 two bodies were exposed. One of these is shown by pay-book to be that of L/Cpl Ingram of 3rd WORCESTERS. There are other papers on the body which will be forwarded when all found of [sic] letters evidently written for postage and dated 1914. Both bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition

Work proceeds rapidly in the trenches. T 116 & 115 are being reconstructed with traverses, new revetment & new dug-outs. T 116 is being traversed and strong dug-outs are being constructed     T 118 begins to look more like a trench and even the ditch running from centre COY HQ to the C.T. is receiving attention. A new C.T. is being constructed behind T 120 a new buried cable is being laid to GERMAN HO.

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