15 September 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

A Sham attack on the village of NEVOLGEN.  “B” coy under Lt. Piercy crossed the river at 2 pm and advanced towards NEVOLGEN. At 3.30 pm they were within 1200 yds of the village with patrols 200 yds to their front and flanks.  They carried 20 Dummy Targets on poles with 4 figures on each target, also torches and paraffin to set grass on fire to draw the attention of our artillery.  Bulgars did not fire on our men.

The Dummy Targets were placed along the front in conspicuous places, but as the wind was in the wrong direction the grass was not set alight.

At 4.30 pm the Company had returned to the river bank without a casualty.  This operation had the desired effect.  The Bulgars opened fire with Shrapnel and H.E. on dummy targets at about 4.30 pm and continued the shelling with about 5 guns until 7 pm.

   The enemy was apparently very nervous during the night as he opened with bursts of rifle fire periodically during the night also at dawn from the village of NEVOLGEN.

Captain Cuff to hospital, Captain Scott from Hospital

Extract from the official war diary of the 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Beaumont Hamel trenches At 5am two parties consisting of one officer and 50 OR each after artillery preparation and under cover of barrage, proceeded into NO MANS LAND to raid the enemy trenches, and to obtain identification.    Owing to the fact that the trenches opposite the gaps in the enemy wire had been filled in with knife rests, and also to the heavy hostile machine gun and rifle fire, it was found to be impossible to make an entry and the parties were forced to return to our lines.    Casualties  –  2nd Lieut WD RILEY wounded.   1 OR killed.   14 OR wounded to hospital.    1 OR wounded (at duty)      7 OR Rejoined.   11 OR Reinforcements joined.    3 OR to hospital sick.


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