20 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

As it was intended to carry out a raid upon the German trenches upon December 25th in the neighbourhood of LE GHEER road a raiding party consisting of Major HARGREAVES  2/Lieut KNOWLES  2/Lieut WRIGHT and 50 O.R. was withdrawn from the trenches and sent down to the camp of a Tunnelling Company of Canadians R.E. about 1 mile East of BAILLEUL on the BAILLEUL – ARMENTIERES road where daily practices were carried out. All the men taken for the raiding party were volunteers and sufficient men volunteered to form a raiding party three times the size of that actually required

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19 December 1916

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

Billets at Le Touret

All Company Commanders, Lewis Gun Officer and 2nd IN COMMAND visited the NEW SECTOR to see the trenches.   Day very cold, hard first night.   Capt. POGSON proceeded on 10 days leave.  2nd Lieut HORSLEY to Hospital.  SNOW.

18 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

A squadron, with convoy of 45 camel, marched at 9 am. and did nine miles before lunch, and 10 ½ after it. camping on the “Wady”. The men were a little bit tired & there were two with very sore feet, but they did pretty well on the whole. Boumphrey, Eason, & George Wilbraham , who is in A squadron now , marched with me, & Buster rode , as he has not been very well lately. I had provided lunch back for the men in the canteen, and they got tea at about 7 pm.

16 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Usual morning work. Got ready to go to Plymouth but changed by mind so messed about all day mostly in the hut darning socks, etc. Jones took my watch to Plymouth and had to repaired for the second time (no charge). (Everyone stoney broke and no sign of any pay).

 

 

15 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

Jock Cowell & I went to alamein by the 9.20 train. It does not look an interesting spot, but is near the sea. We saw an enormous number of duck near “Alex” on our way out, on what I took to be Lake Moeris. The Colonel, Jimmy, George Wilbraham, Jock Cowell & Leslie Wilson were at Alamein, and most of A Squadron. Busta was there too, but ill in his tent.

14 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

[In Plymouth]

Usual morning’s work. Wrote home in the afternoon. Refused our dinner, not fit to eat so had some more given to us. Rather better. Football match, lost 4-1. I scored only goal, a beauty.