25 September 1916

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


The attack on MORVAL took place at 12:35pm this being zero hour, the NORFOLKS assaulting the 1st objectives.  The features of the attack were that each assaulting wave left its trenches exactly in accordance with Operation Orders, artillery barrages were excellent and objectives were taken in every case at the first assault.   Our casualties were not heavy and MORVAL was taken by the Battalion at about 3pm.

   The whole attack was watched from QUADRILATERAL Trench and we were able to see that the objectives were taken long before we received the messages.

   At about 5pm the Battalion Headquarters moved forward and established themselves in the sunken road W. of MORVAL T 10 b.  Commanding Officer went up into MORVAL and except for fairly heavy shelling by the Germans the situation was, under the circumstances, quiet.

   A tremendous number of prisoners were taken and these kept coming in the whole evening, and the reports from the Companies showed that the Germans in front were entirely disorganised.

   In the evening and throughout the night the Germans shelled MORVAL very heavily, and also trenches in front of MORVAL.


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