27 December 1916

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

Infantry drill in the morning. Sergeant Stelfox D, the younger of the two brothers, went to hospital, as something is wrong with one toe & the doctor says he will never be able to march well enough to be an infantry soldier- a serious loss, as he is about our best man. We lost Sgt Waite two days ago, sent to England to be trained as an RE officer. We had a little more infantry drill in the afternoon, & are already pretty sick of it. As Barron is likely to go away at the end of the week, we have to try to learn as much as we can before he goes, so we get no variety.

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.

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.

16 October 1916

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

Rather fed up with the whole show, as the excitement is really over. The General has got a craze for not using Roll`s cars & has been telling me at the last minute not to send them, causing wonderful confusion & preventing his own dispatches from going! Large convoys going , and water problems daily. Usually no information is given to work them on!

12 October 1916

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

The aeroplanes went up, armed with bombs & Lewis guns. They reported in the afternoon that they had seen tracks leading out of the baharia on to the Siva road. They were apparently waved to in a friendly way by all the inhabitants of the Baharia! , They saw nothing of the cars, but are having another fly round tomorrow. Things are rather difficult to run at present, when urgent spare parts are constantly required at B5 etc , and so many cars are away.

 

6 October 1916

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

Douglas Brocklehurst was wired for last night to go and command a Battalion in France , which is a serious loss to us, It is possible that the same might happen to men, as my name is in for it. I should like to go as his second in command, but not to command a battalion before I had ever seen one. He went off in the afternoon.

25 May 1916

Extract from the official war diary of 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

SOUASTRE

Capt BAIRSTOW. E.J and Lieut BASS. P.B engaged by night under orders of Brig: General Comm[an]d[in]g 167 Infantry Brigade in siting and pegging out new communication trench at HEBUTERNE.

Lieut HEALD. T.L.C engages in rehearsing scheme with composite company.

Extract from the official war diary of 1st Cheshire Yeomanry

2 officers and 35 men were detached from the Regiment to join the 6th Imperial Camel Corps