5 June 1916

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

Arras

At 2.30 am. everything remained quiet during the night.  A very great deal of damage was done to our front line by the mine explosions.  The craters formed are very large indeed and have altered the whole appearance of the line.  These mines had been expected for some time and the ground had been evacuated so that the casualties caused by the explosions were small except on the NORTH of the BAILEUL Road where the mined area was larger than was suspected.  A German was captured by “A” Company in the early hours of morning and was sent to Brigade H.Q.  Work continued throughout the day, extricating men who had been buried, and several were brought out alive early on.  1 Company of 1st D.C.L.I. came up to assist in the work in the evening and worked all night.  Patrols went out to look for dead & wounded English and Germans.  Two bodies of 1/ NORFOLKS recovered.  Casualties during the day were 1 O.R. Killed, and 1 O.R. wounded.  The night passed quietly.

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