29 June 1916

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

TOUTENCOURT

This date found the Battalion in Hutments at TOUTENCOURT, in an orchard ankle deep in mud owing to the heavy rain which continued during the whole of the 28th. The camping ground was very crowded and the Huts left in a very dirty condition. A Move order was received during the afternoon but was cancelled later

On June 29th a foundation was made of a Regimental School of Instruction for N.C.O’s & men qualifying for promotion, and for newly appointed N.C.O’s. Capt Murray was appointed Commandant, and C.S.M. Russell, Sergt Roberts & Sergt Sims composed the staff. This “School” was arranged to assemble whenever in rest billets, & is in elaboration of a similar system of training NCO’s which was initiated at PLOEGSTREET [sic], & which was the first attempt that had ever been organised in the Batt to give junior N.C.O’s a thorough grounding in the rudiments of their profession.

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