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.

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13 July 1916

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

Salonika

Work on trenches and wire entanglements.

Exceedingly hot.

Battalion depleted on account of fever.  About 300 men admitted to Hospital since our arrival at LOZISTA.  Fever cases commenced on 5th of month.  About 15 men only have returned to duty.

Up to present only two cases reported as being of a malignant nature.  *Six officers admitted to Hospital to date.  Two Bulgarian deserters surrendered to outposts.

*2/Lt Horner, 2/Lt Halsey, 2/Lt Gell, 2/Lt Lane, 2/Lt Millington, Captn Gateley

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

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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.

 

3 June 1916

Letter from John Moore, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment 

My Dear Sister,

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.

Your Loving Brother John

31 December 1915

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.

8 September 1915

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Ches. Regt. 53rd (Welsh) Division

[Norman Hughes came from Neston. In Gallipoli with the 4th Bn]

Start off again at daybreak to find my Batt. After a long dreary tramp through heavy sinking sand, with many stoppages, I find them in excellent dugouts having breakfast.

Completely lost my appetite.

Attend Sick Parade

Dr. orders me to the hospital

Life in Hospital

First one I am sent to is built of a few sand bags forming three walls, one side, (lee side) being left open. A roof was formed of a few poles with oil sheets thrown across.

Place will accommodate 50 to 60 stretchers.

Nearly all cases with same diarrhoea or dysentery.

Very cold at nights

Cannot settle down for diarrhoea.

Food:- Small drop of arrowroot 3 times a day – nothing at night. No wonder we passed blood – we had nothing else to pass.