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of LE GHEER road a raiding party consisting of Major HARGREAVES  2/Lieut KNOWLES  2/Lieut WRIGHT and 50 O.R. was withdrawn from the trenches and sent down to the camp of a Tunnelling Company of Canadians R.E. about 1 mile East of BAILLEUL on the BAILLEUL – ARMENTIERES road where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

19 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Billets at Le Touret

All Company Commanders, Lewis Gun Officer and 2nd IN COMMAND visited the NEW SECTOR to see the trenches.   Day very cold, hard first night.   Capt. POGSON proceeded on 10 days leave.  2nd Lieut HORSLEY to Hospital.  SNOW.

9 December 1916

Extract from the official war diary of the 6th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Trenches

BOESINGHE

Slight trench mortar activity about noon.   Front line damaged badly.    Necessary repairs made and fatigues supplied for RE.   Three patrols out during night and information duly submitted.

10 OR to hospital sick.   1 OR reinforcement joined.  18 OR rejoined from hospital.

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.