Extract from the diary of Lt B H Gregg, 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment [Lt Gregg joined up in August 1914 in Chester. He survived the war and died aged 102 in Canada.]
Tues Constructed machine gun emplacements. The Bow Bells perform in the town square.
Extract from the official war diary of the 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Showery day. Operation orders for attack by 13th & 95th Brigades received last night. We have to move into advanced positions near present advanced Bde H.Q. A5d 1.2. Working parties sent up to dig slit trenches for us to occupy. About 5.0 PM after all bivouacs struck orders came cancelling and postponing attack. Immediately before bivouacs reerected [sic] violent storm came on. Everyone soaked. Working parties recalled. Rum and bonfires for men. Lt Holmes (A Coy) and 2Lt Hewin (‘D’ Coy) joined as reinforcements.