18 October 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Holding Hessian trenches to the right of Stuff redoubt

All Companies working as hard as possible carrying up materials in preparation for attack to be carried out by 75th Bde. Considerable artillery activity all day owing to our artillery cutting wire, but very few casualties.

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

Trenches

2am Patrol reported not returned.  At 11:30am 2 men found their way back and reported 2nd Lieut A. GWYNNE-JONES as probably a prisoner, & last seen hung up in German wire

2nd Lieut TAYLOR, reinforcement, reported.  Medical Officer and Major H.J. Dresser, left for Transport to go on leave.

7.30pm 2nd Lieut A. Gwynne-Jones, D.S.O. and Lance-Corporal reported returned.  All patrol now back

2 October 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Stuff Redoubt

Detailed orders issued & all preparations made for the attack.   The weather however was very bad   Rain & bad visibility   Zero was fixed at 3.30 PM but at about 3.20 PM a message was received postponing the operations on account of the weather.

A short time later message was received that the Batt was to be relieved by the 1st Wilts the same afternoon. This relief was completed by about 9 PM the Batt moving into Support trenches   Batt HQ at R32 b1.1 & the companies in trenches round about that point.   In these trenches there were very few dugouts & the men had to cut themselves shelters into the sides of the trench to get protection from weather