26 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]

After group round Lt Price told the Cheshires off. He said they hadn’t the slightest idea what discipline was and they were the worst lost in the battalion and that he was bloody well ashamed of them. Still alongside. Paid 8/-. Another 16 passes. Several came back drunk and made an awful noise until well after midnight. Fighting, etc