22nd December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

METEREN

The battalion was relieved by the 8th Border Regt and moved into reserve at LE ROMARIN.    The following day was spent in bathing and a certain amount of training was carried out during the period.   A draft of 93 O.R. joined on this date.   On the 25th a fine performance was given at the Brigade Cinema Theatre to the battalion and on the 26th a regimental concert was held and on the 27th a performance was given by the Divisional Pierrot troupe.   The semi-final and final of the football competition started in September at AGENVILLE was completed were played the final being won by “A” Coy.

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20 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

As it was intended to carry out a raid upon the German trenches upon December 25th in the neighbourhood of LE GHEER road a raiding party consisting of Major HARGREAVES  2/Lieut KNOWLES  2/Lieut WRIGHT and 50 O.R. was withdrawn from the trenches and sent down to the camp of a Tunnelling Company of Canadians R.E. about 1 mile East of BAILLEUL on the BAILLEUL – ARMENTIERES road where daily practices were carried out. All the men taken for the raiding party were volunteers and sufficient men volunteered to form a raiding party three times the size of that actually required

4 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

The battalion took over a new sector East of PLOEGSTEERT WOOD relieving the 9th Batt. Loyal North Lancs Regt of the 74th Brigade. This was the exact sector held by the battalion last year and is bounded on the north by the Strand and on the south by LOWNDES AVENUE. The dispositions in this sector was 3 Coys in the front line and immediate support and 1 Coy in the support line. Battalion H.Q. was established at RIFLE HOUSE. The trenches in this sector consist almost entirely of breastworks and work had to be constantly carried on in the pumping and draining the trenches and in building up and revetting the trench sides and parapet in places where they had fallen in.

1 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

The battalion was relieved by the 8th Border Rgt and returned to dugouts in the RED LODGE area. The afternoon of this day and the morning of the second was spent by the battalion in bathing. The following day was spent in cleaning up and inspection of arms, equipment etc. On the 4th the billets were handed over to the 14th Royal Irish Rifles of the 36th Division.

8 November 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

The battalion was relieved by the 8th Border Regt and returned to billets and dug outs in the RED LODGE area, Batt: H.Q. and one company remaining in their original position at STAFFORD HOUSE. After the first day in rest which when the battalion had baths, working parties were found daily for work on the trenches. About 130 men were found daily for these parties

2 November 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 11th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Meteren

On the following day the Battalion moved up and took over a portion of the line held to by the 7th Division to the North of PLOEGSTEERT WOOD, the left of the Battalion sector resting on River DOUVE.

The distribution of  companies being 1 Company in the Front Line, 2 platoon in immediate support, 6 platoons in the SUBSIDIARY LINE and the 4th Company in Battalion Reserve at STAFFORD HOUSE. The garrisons of the trenches were occupied throughout the tour in draining and generally improving the trenches. The company in reserve found parties daily for carrying rations and R.E. stores to the other companies. After 3 days the company in the front line was relieved by the company in reserve