To commemorate 100 years since the Great War the Cheshire Military Museum Archive Team have created a Blog using the Cheshire Regiments Great War diaries. Keep checking into the blog to see the diary extracts that show what was happening 100 years ago.
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.
Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, Machine Gun Corps
Thursday. The Cheshires in GIVENCHY KEEP sent fifteen men out in front to put up barbed-wire for practice, & of course they got seen[,] result 5 killed & 7 wounded. What criminal folly. A Ger ‘plane kept just out of range so we could not fire.
I am still in hospital, suffering from Nueritis, really Rhumatism, the pains in my legs are terrible, the bones ache continually day & night, it is the after effect of last winter in the trenches, I am not settled yet to give you address been moved twice. I dont think I mentioned those biscuits in last letter, they were a treat also your Choc’s, the money came in sooner than I was aware. Well Laura I am only writing to let you know I am going on alright, dont feel fit for long letter, all my love to all.
Extract from the war diary of John Moore, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Went Sick pains in stomach, sent to Veille Chapelle Field Service Hospital same day sent from there to St Venant Clearing Station Hospital. Appendicitis was given on New Years Eve a dose of Castor oil. The worst drink I ever had on a New Years Eve.
Extract from the war diary of Joseph Norton, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
We left Richbourg St. Vaast and went into trenches, which were in an awful state. The trenches were just the same as a ditch full of water and up to the waist.