30 September 1916

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

Letter “D” Co with 2 Machine Guns under Captain King-Smith and Bn Scouts with 1 Machine Gun under Lt. Birkett made a Demonstration towards NEVOLJEN to assist operations by 27th Division further down stream.  The idea was to attract enemy’s attention and act as if part of a force covering the establishment of a Bridge-head.

“D” Coy crossed the STRUMA on foot at 3 pm followed at 3.15 pm by Bn. Scouts.  The advance towards NEVOLJEN from left bank of river started at 4 pm.  When within about 1200 yards of the village a position was taken up in a dry watercourse, and machine gun and rifle fire opened.

The enemy did not reply to our fire.  Party returned after dark, reaching the right bank (our side) of the river at about 8.15 pm.

In connection with this operation a very useful reconnaissance towards NEVOLJEN was carried out by the Bn. Scouts under Lt. Beckett on the 29th.


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