Coincidentally the Cheshire Regiment was also involved in this latter disastrous campaign and sustained more heavy casualties.Â. The Battalion was almost attacked in error by men of another British regiment (the Royal West Kents who had captured the Hill the previous month).Â, There are apparently no entries in 1st Battalion’s original handwritten War Diary for 6 and 7 May in the National Archives (see footnote ii). Stone Inscription :-"Who died as a prisoner of war and was buried at the time in Favreuil German Cemetery but whose grave is now lost". German casualties are unknown but were probably of a similar magnitude to those of the British. The Germans occasionally managed to infiltrate the British trenches and attacked the Cheshires with rifle fire and grenades. Battalion. Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, for two years and 311 days. forced to withdraw …. generally unsuccessful and not renewed. Private, 53760. The action on 7 May, almost certainly, was 'Journey’s End' for Private Peter Mahon. His name appeared (but not until well over a month later) as the last on a list of missing released from the Headquarters of the Cheshire Regiment at Chester Castle and published in the Chester Chronicle on 26 June 1915. In the evening they had managed to get into trenches further on - about 100-200 metres north of the top of Hill 60. Membership of the Cheshire Regiment Association is open to those who served in The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in any rank including those men and women who served in the Cheshire Regiment Companies of The Mercian Volunteers and The King’s and Cheshire Regiment. The Cheshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales' Division.The 22nd Regiment of Foot was raised by the Duke of Norfolk in 1689 and was able to boast an independent existence of over 300 years. The confusion of names was not, as can be seen, quite as I had anticipated. Entries in soldiers’ Service Records are sometimes practically illegible. Some of his experiences at Hill 60 can be accessed via, History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War, quotes Greg extensively. Because the earth of Hill 60 was soft, tunnelling was relatively easy and it was decided to blow the Germans off the Hill with mines. association@hotmail. He was 42 years old at the time he was killed – which was quite old for a soldier in the First World War. His name is carved on the Cheshire Regiment Panel (19) on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres (South side).Â, Private Mahon was therefore, in a sense, twice missing – once from some of the records of deceased soldiers and once, of course, as a soldier lost on the battlefield.Â. This figure includes the records for the 1st/5th, 2nd/5th & 3rd/5th Battalions). ', Having been gassed, shelled, bombed and shot at continuously since 5 May the Battalion almost certainly now contained only a fraction of its full number of (1000 +) men and there had been very little chance of success. Those present among the standard bearers and veterans included the mayor of Ellesmere Port, Karen Shore, who laid the customary wreath and MP Justin Madders. View Basket, Private Mahon’s name appears on the War Memorial in Middlewich, Cheshire, but it does not appear in the semi-official list of, published in the 1920s or in the Roll of Honour in the, I decided to comb the names of soldiers of the Cheshire Regiment in. In accordance with the Rules of The Cheshire Regiment Association, paragraph 20, notice is given that the 2019 AGM will be held in Regimental Headquarters, Chester on … On 4 May 1915 Ist Battalion was 'in Brigade Reserve' - ie not in the front line but ready to go into action to support the other Battalions in the (15th) Brigade if necessary - and billeted in the Ypres casemates (chambers inside the thick stone walls of the city). Many more bodies were uncovered in the coming months and the smell of quick lime was to hang over the Hill for several years.Â. The Ellesmere Port branch of the Cheshire Regiment Association held its annual service of commemoration at the Cheshire Regiment Copse in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port. (The 1, Battalion War Diary says that the Battalion was, Lieutenant Greg later recalled starting off from Ypres, ‘… at about eight or none in the morning ….’, and this would seem correct bearing in mind the next time mentioned in the Diary which was 10.20 am. The Card has a note that his medals (1915 Star, British Medal and Victory Medal) were returned to the authorities. Â. I visited Hill 60 and Larch Wood Cemetery some years ago. The Battalion was shelled by both sides - British shells falling short of their targets on the Hill just beyond the Cheshires. Favreuil British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. The Battalion was almost attacked in error by men of another British regiment (the Royal West Kents who had captured the Hill the previous month).Â, Battalion’s original handwritten War Diary for 6 and 7 May in the National Archives (see footnote ii). Cheshire Regiment Association's charitable objectives: 1. to promote in every way possible the efficiency of the regiment and to maintain and preserve its traditions. Private Mahon’s name appears on the War Memorial in Middlewich, Cheshire, but it does not appear in the semi-official list of Soldiers Died in the Great War published in the 1920s or in the Roll of Honour in the History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War - A. Crookenden, Evans, Chester 1939. Branches organise reunions and social events throughout the year. At 8.00 am on 5 May the Battalion was ordered to move to Hill 60 and, three trenches occupied by the Germans. At about 3 am on 7 May, the account states, '', A’ Company after desperate fighting, retook 70 yards of the trenches. The Association is dedicated to upholding the historic achievements and memories of the Regiment. [volume] (Nogales, Ariz.) 1926-1979, June 11, 1938, Image 1, brought to you by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, … He was killed in 1917. The Chester Chronicle of 5 June 1915 gives a slightly more detailed, but not totally accurate, account from an unacknowledged source. 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