BATTALION WAR DIARY
- 5th JUL 1917
LINE opposite CHERISY
to 5th July 1917
these four days the attitude of the enemy was
fairly quiet, CURTAIN TRENCH was
subject to Artillery Fire and in enfilade from VIS-EN-ARTOIS and
was occasionally a very unhealthy spot especially
at its junction with Sunken
Road in O.31 c. (see map
No1 attached). On the evening of July 1st
the enemy shelled this area very heavily but
it was noticeable that each day his artillery
activity lessened. Snipers and Machine Guns
did not cause us much annoyance.
OBSERVATION An O.P.
with a double loophole was established at the
junction of Lark Lane and Stork
Trench, and from there a good view could
be obtained of the enemys’ back areas
immediately behind FONTAINE and CHERISY for
a long way back to the DURY to HENDECOURT
ROAD. A fine view could also be had from HORSE
main feature of this tour in the front line
was the amount of work done on existing and
LINE near CHERISY
The new trench which we dug from CABLE
TRENCH to WREN LANE was
deepened and widened. 2 posts of B Company
held this trench. The trench was called NORTHUMBERLAND
AVENUE in our honour.
TRENCH was cleaned out and generally
improved, especially the South and marked ‘K’
on Map No1
SHOE SAP cleaned out and fire-bays
TRENCH deepened and widened between
CABLE TRENCH and LARK LANE.
A party of 20 men reported daily to R.E. for
this work in addition to the work we did
on this trench ourselves. Another party for
10 reported to R.E. each night for the same
5. ‘D’ Coy carried rations up for ‘A’
&‘C’ Coys each night.
6. 2/Lt G.E CHARLEWOOD with a few men carried out
a daylight and night patrol to investigate HORSE
SHOE SAP. They found it in a very bad condition -
much old ammunition and boots and general signs of
There were also several dead Germans still lying
there in a very bad state of decomposition. The daylight
patrol had to be carried out by crawling forward
from WREN LANE, as this part was very exposed to
7. SALVAGE A
considerable amount of Salvage material was
collected and sent down to the Transport Lines.
8. WIRING About
six hundred yards of concertina barbed wire
was put out in front of our Sector. There was
no wire worth speaking of when we went up to
the front line - by the end of 4 days we had
wired the whole front from the HENINEL-CHERISY
Road to HORSE SHOE SAP and HORSE SHOE SAP was
wired all round. The two front companies -
A and B provided covering parties for wiring.
C Coy did the wiring. The Pioneer Platoon and
all available men of C and D Coys carried up
wire and iron pickets from dump near ROOKERY.
the 108 men left behind, a pioneer platoon
of 50 men under an officer was formed to do
special work. The remainder of the 108 men
was left at Transport Lines, where training
was carried out. Only twenty officers were
taken into action.
3rd July 3 O.R. wounded
4th July 3 O.R. wounded
5th July 1 O.R. wounded
TOTAL for tour (including time in support) O.R. 2
killed, 9 wounded.
night 4th/5th July one of our gas cylinders
was burst and the gas escaped and was blown
in the direction of the enemy lines. The cylinder
was on our front line parapet. No one was affected
by this incident except a wiring party which
was out in front. They were slightly gassed,
but apparently the detonator of the cylinder
had not been exploded, for they received no
ill effects afterwards.
Battalion was relieved by 5th Northd.
Fus. on the early morning of the 5th July
and on relief proceeded to our old camp at
HENIN, thus becoming Brigade Reserve.