26 September 1916

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

Beaumont Hamel trenches

Generally quiet during day.  At 9pm a raid was made on the hostile trenches as per attached operation order. [see appendices] The parties got out safely into NO MANS LAND under cover of the artillery barrage and on the same lifting[,] an officer and a number of men rushed the enemy trenches.  These were found to be full of knife rests and wire and they had considerable difficulty in extricating themselves.   During this time the covering party had taken up positions on the enemy parapet and although exposed to heavy cross machine gun fire and grenades, they effectively kept the enemy at bay by throwing grenades until the party in the trench has [sic] freed themselves and got out again.

2 OR killed.    7 OR wounded.    5 OR wounded at duty.   9 OR to hospital sick.


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