24 December 1916

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

VLAMERINGHE

Battalion entrained for YPRES to relieve the 4/5th Black Watch in the Right Battalion Support Sector, Canal Bank.   Relief complete by 9-45p.m.

2nd Lieut W.R.Watkins Invalided to England    10 OR to Hospital Sick   1 OR  Rejoined ex Hosp

5 August 1915

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

BOIS FRANÇAIS

A quiet day.  The absence of rifle fire both by day and by night is very noticeable after our experiences of YPRES, the chief method of annoyance on the part of the enemy appears to be bombs & mines, both very un-pleasant no doubt, but in the intervals of their activity in this line there appears to be marked peace and quiet.  The chief disadvantages of the trenches now held by the battalion are the questions of cooking and water supply; cooking has to be done at some distance in rear and on account of smoke and as it takes 20 minutes for the food to reach front trenches, the meals it is none too hot when it gets there.  Water has to be brought from BRAY by tramway as far as the kitchens and there put in charge of a picquet which issues it to companies at stated hours.  The supply is very scanty, and as last night the French removed their pump at BRAY without warning watercarts have to be sent for from MORLANCOURT, making the journey here to the trenches and back in day-light at some risk.

19 July 1915

Extract from the official war diary of the 5th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Ypres

2 Lieut G. McGOWAN admitted to Hospital with sprained ankle. Capt. A.E. HODGKIN wounded in back. Two men killed in action. Two men died of wounds received in action. Twenty-nine men wounded. Lieut R.E. LEE R.A.M.C. was withdrawn from the Battalion. Capt. J.M.A. COSTELLO R.A.M.C. (T) joined Battalion from 7th Welsh Regt.

24 May 1915

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

BRANDHOEK

4am Battalion called out (Captain G. R. Barton having assumed command) and proceeded to YPRES following line of railway south of town and thence into trenches in Square 1.10 (Sheet 28 1/40000) from which an attack was made on enemy’s trenches about midnight.  Battalion was subjected to a withering shell fire in the morning while advancing over open ground.