23 December 1916

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

AUTHEUX

Training and recreation as above, the following have been awarded the Military Medal for “Bravery in the Field” 18113 Sgt. A.C.B. Clarke, 11134 C.S.M. A.B. Fernley, 12728 C.Q.M.S. Dawson F. 12478 Sgt Higginbotham C. 11828 L/C Smith H.P. (since Killed in Action)

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

15 November 1916

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

AVELUY

The enemy shelled front line and HESSIAN TRENCH several times during the day. The enemy’s fire appears to come from LOUPART WOOD principally.  One of our listening posts fired on a German patrol of 10 men and saw two fall.  The enemy appear to be decidedly nervous and he put up frequent 4.2 barrages during the day.  Lt. W. EVANS was badly wounded in the head and legs.

11 November 1916

Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, Machine Gun Corps

charles brockbank

Saturday.  We are moving up to huts in PIONEER ROAD some time today, but the Coy. arrangements are bad and there is sure to be a mess made of it. It is awfully misty – wanting to rain. There was a terrific bombardment last night and early this morning. I hope it was a success. Sidney Thompson is going into hospital with a bad boil, so we are a bit short of officers.

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

AVELUY

Construction of latrines and general work in camp.  Working parties were found during the day.

7 November 1916

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

Donnets Post

Usual routine.  Companies bathed.  Working party of 100 men reported to Royal Engineers for work on NAB Road.  The Commanding Officer inspected the draft.  Officers attended a lecture on “Artillery Barrage” by Brigadier General Monkhouse C.R.A. 19th Division.

5 November 1916

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

Trenches

Casualties to 12 noon other ranks wounded: one.

The 58th Brigade was relieved in the trenches by the 56th Brigade.  The 9th Cheshires were relieved by 7th South Lancs.  The support reserve and left fire Company were relieved by 9.5.pm.  The guides of the right fire Company lost their way with two platoons of the relief and did not arrive in their trench until 11.30 pm