25 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]

Christmas day (alongside quay). Service around 10am. Awful dinner. 3 rotten potatoes and a price of fat underdone meat and an orange. No sign of any Xmas pudding. Felt most miserable all day. Wrote home (16 men allowed ashore out of our crowd). Went for dinner.

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

Support trenches

250 men employed in carrying T.M. ammunition.  2nd Lieut JAQUES proceeded on leave and 9 O.R’s.   It was decided to hold no Xmas dinner but to wait until January 2nd

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

Christmas Day was very quiet, enemy acted quite decent, did not fire their guns for the whole of the day.

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8 December 1916

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

BARAKLI-DZUMA

Adjustment of Trench Line – Battalion took over from Northumberland Fusiliers trenches 12 to 18 inclusive.  N. Fusiliers relieved Suffolk Regt. in trenches 1-10 and moved their Bn. H. Q. to ELISAH.  Front line trenches now held by Cheshires and N. Fusiliers, with Suffolks and Welch in reserve at ELISAH and ORMANLI respectively.

Battlion holding trenches 12-25 with two companies, the other two companies being in support, one in billets S.E. BARAKLI DZUMA, and the other in dug outs at DOLAP.

16 November 1916

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

Ormanli

Suffolk Regiment attacked and captured BARAKLI.  2nd Cheshire Regt made a frontal demonstration.  Part of “A” Co.  and half of Bn. Scouts left billets at 4.30 am and marched to within 1000 yds of BARAKLI with instructions to prepare cover against artillery fire  from the direction of ERNIKOJ.  A controlled rapid fire was directed on trenches N.W. of BARAKLI from 6.30 am – 6.45 am when Suffolk Regt entered BARAKLI.  Party withdrew at 9 am and although subjected to shell fire sustained no casualties.

 Extract from the official war diary of the 9th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

ALELUY

The enemy continued the shelling of our trenches.  Retaliation being called for the enemy quietened down, our heavies doing good work.  A report from C.C.S. stated that Lt Evans had succumbed to his wounds.  The Bn. was relieved by the 7th Bn. E. Kents, the relief being complete by 1.40 am.  The Bn. moved into MARLBOROUGH HUTS.  The weather was bright and frosty

4 November 1916

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

Ormanli

Battalion busy improving line of defence.  Wire entanglements strengthened and arranged so as to be swept by machine gun fire.  Breastworks for high command fire started.  The plain being so waterlogged it was found impossible to dig down.