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1st Battle of Ypres, 1914   



7th Sep 1914 Bedfords in Action

1st Oct 1914 Exhaustion Point

7th Oct 1914 Chased from Village to Village

16th Oct 1914 No 6 Squadron move to Poperinghe  On the 16th of October No.6 Squadron moved to Poperinghe Aerodrome. Six Squadron’s work was primarily the observation for the artillery engaged on counter battery work, recording enemy troops movements and the mapping enemy trench positions. It played a large part in the Battle of Ypres despite constant attacks from the German air force and anti-aircraft fire, equipped with a variety of aircraft types, but principally the BE2.

Holts Battlefield Guide


16th Oct 1914 Heroism

18th Oct 1914 1st Royal Scots in Action

22nd Oct 1914 A Hot Encounter

24th Oct 1914 Territorials in action  During the German push along the Menin Road on the 24th of October 1914, a battalion of the 244th Reserve Infantry Regiment overwhelmed the 2nd Wiltshires in the eastern edge of Polygon Wood, causing heavy casualties. The 2nd Warwickshires and Northumberland Hussars were brought up to reinforce them and the Warwicks were successful clearing the enemy from the wood, an action regarded as the first serious engagement of a Territorial unit in the Great War.

Holts Battlefield Guide


24th Oct 1914 Counter Attack

26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

28th Oct 1914 A Game of Hide and Seek

28th Oct 1914 Entrenching

29th Oct 1914 On the Move

29th Oct 1914 Under Attack

30th Oct 1914 In Action

31st Oct 1914 Germans attack Geluveld  On the 31st October the Germans made an attack from the east along the Menin Road and captured the area around Geluveld Chateau. Just after mid day the Chateau was struck by a shell causing serious causalties. With the British line close to breaking the remaining 500 men of 2nd Worcesters in reserve at the Western edge of Polygon Wood, were ordered to counter attack. With one company guarding the Menin Road to the north of Geluveld village, against German advance towards Ypres, the remainder prepared to attack. At 1400 with bayonets foxed they filed to Black Watch Corner at the south west edge of Polygon Wood. They made a bayonet charge into the Chateau grounds to reinforce the remnants of the 1st South Wales Borderers had earlier recaptured the Chateau.

Holts Battlefield Guide


31st Oct 1914 Hooge Chateau shelled  Hooge Chateau was shelled killing several staff officers of Major General Monro's Divisional Head Quarters and wounding others, including Gen. Monro

Holts Battlefield Guide


31st Oct 1914 HQ Hit

31st Oct 1914 To Defend Messines

31st Oct 1914 Death Trap

31st Oct 1914 In Action

1st Nov 1914 London Scottish in Action

1st Nov 1914 Under Heavy Bombardment

1st Nov 1914 In Action

2nd Nov 1914 Fix Bayonets

2nd Nov 1914 In Action

3rd Nov 1914 1st East Lancs shelled

3rd Nov 1914 The Kaiser's Visit

4th Nov 1914 Desperate Fighting

4th Nov 1914 Rifle Fire

5th Nov 1914 Perfectly Hopeless

5th Nov 1914 Bonfire Night

7th Nov 1914 Continued Action

9th Nov 1914 Relief

9th Nov 1914 Brave Actions

11th Nov 1914 9th, 16th & 17th Batteries RFA in action  17th Battery, XL1 Brigade, RFA, 1st Corps, 2nd Div. are in action in the Battle of Nonnes Boschen (Nun's Wood) near Westhoek. When the final charge of the Prussian Guards regiments broke through the British trenches, only the guns of the 9th, 16th and 17th Batteries stood between the German advance and the City of Ypres. The line held, with the gunners aided by cooks, batmen, HQ office staff with rifles, succeeding in stopping the enemy's advance to the sea and the Channel Ports.

11th Nov 1914 Prussian Guards attempt a break through.  Wednesday 11th November will be remembered as the day when, after terrific artillery fire, the 1st and 4th brigades of the Prussian Guard made an attempt to break through to Ypres. Fifteen battalions, specially brought from Arras, managed to penetrate our line at three points, getting into some woods behind it. In spite of their numbers and fine tradition, the attack failed, however, with great slaughter to the enemy. On that date the 3rd Dragoon Guards “stood to” at 5:30am and moved up to support Lord Cavan at Zillebeke, returning at 9 o’clock in the evening.

The following Army Order issued the next day to the 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Division and 1st and 3rd cavalary Divisions is worthy of reproduction:

“G 983 12th November 1914. The Commander-in Chief has asked me to convey to the troops under my command his congratulations and thanks for the splendid resistance to the German attack yesterday. This attack was delivered by some fifteen fresh battalions of the German Guard Corps which had been specially brought up in which to carry out the task of which so many other corps had failed-viz, to crush the British and force a way through to Ypres. Since it’s arrival in this neighbourhood the 1st Corps, assisted by the 3rd Cavalry Division, 7th Division, and troops from the 2nd Corps, had met and defeated the 23rd, 26th and 27th German Reserve Corps, the 13th Active Corps, and finally, a strong force of the Guard Corps. It is doubtful whether the annals of the British Army contain any finer record than this.

Douglas Haig (Lieut-General commanding the 1st Army Corps)

History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt


11th Nov 1914 A Desperate Stand

11th Nov 1914 Guns All Around

11th Nov 1914 Black Watch Corner

11th Nov 1914 In Action

11th Nov 1914 In Action

11th Nov 1914 Heavy Fighting

11th Nov 1914 Enemy Attack

12th Nov 1914 3rd Dragoon Guars at Zillebeke  On the 12th November the 3rd Dragoons moved up again from the bivouac near Halte in support of Lord Cavan’s trenches about a mile due east of Zillebeke, and at 5:00pm went into other trenches about a mile south-east of the village. That night passed quietly. Although an attack was expected at 4:30am, nothing happened till 8:20, when the regiment was subjected to some very heavy shrapnel and rifle fire. When relieved by the Blues at 6:30pm the Regiment had sustained the following casualties: Lieut Talbot, 5 NCOs and men killed and 15 NCOs and men wounded. Lieut Talbot had been previously wounded, when, sitting with his back to the parapet with four men, all five were killed by concussion from a shell which landed nearby.

Extract from ?History of the 3rd (Prince of Wales?s) Dragoon Guards 1914-1918? by Captain H P Holt


12th Nov 1914 Holding the Line

12th Nov 1914 Machine Guns Active

13th Nov 1914 Shelling

14th Nov 1914 Pig Sty Wood

15th Nov 1914 

15th Nov 1914 On the Move

22nd Nov 1914 Flanders winter weather suspends fighting  The onset of harsh winter weather suspended the fighting in Flanders, ending the First Battle of Ypres which had begun with the German attack on the 19th of October.

25th Nov 1914 Up to our Knees in Mud

25th Nov 1914 HAC In Action

12th Dec 1914 Thin Red Line

19th Dec 1914 British attack

31st Oct 1914 Desparate Attacks

 

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Those known to have served in

1st Battle of Ypres, 1914   

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Aspley Henry. L/Cpl. (d.8th Jan 1916)
  • Atkinson Henry Edward. L/Cpl. (d.12th June 1915)
  • Barnfield John. Sgt.
  • Barr Joseph. Pte. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Battman Frederick William. Sgt. acting WO
  • Baxter Robert Samuel. L/Cpl. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Bedford Arthur. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Bent John. CSM.
  • Bond Frederick Alexander. Pte.
  • Brace Andrew. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914 )
  • Bradshaw Robert. Pte. (d.13th Oct 1914)
  • Brooke Joseph. Sgt.
  • Brown Joseph. (d.21st May 1917)
  • Butler Isaac Frank. Pte. (d.1st Jan 1915)
  • Bywater John William Arthur. Pte. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Calvert Robert William. (d.29th Oct 1914)
  • Cantell George Ernest. Pte. (d.28th Oct 1914)
  • Clark John William. Sgt.
  • Clarke James Henry Fisher. 2nd Lt.
  • Clissett William Frederick. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Cordwell Herbert. Pte. (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Cruickshank David Waddell. Pte.
  • Daniels Daniel. Guardsman. (d.1st Sep 1914)
  • Davies Robert. Pte.
  • dePass Frank Alexander. Lt. (d.25th Nov 1914)
  • Dorrell James Henry. Gnr/Bombdr
  • Edwards Joseph. Pte. (d.18th Nov 1914)
  • Elsner Otto William Alexander. Lt.Col.
  • Franklin William. Pte.
  • French Charles Stockley. Lt. (d.25th April 1915)
  • Game David James . Sgt.
  • Gardiner William John. Sgt.
  • Goodger Henry. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Graveling William Charles. Pte.
  • Graves-Sawle Richard Charles. Lt. (d.2nd Nov 1914)
  • Greenslade Ernest. Sgt.
  • Grenfell Francis. Capt. (d.24th May 1914)
  • Griffin John William. Capt.
  • Hancock Ernest. Pte. (d.28th Nov 1914)
  • Hardy Thomas.
  • Harman Edward Stafford-King. Capt. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Harmer Charles. Pte.
  • Harris Edward James. Sgt. (d.22nd Sep 1918)
  • Harris James. Pte. (d.5th Nov 1914)
  • Herbert-Stepney Herbert Arthur. Maj. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Highcock Elias. Dvr.
  • Hussey Joseph. Sgt. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Jameson George Brumwell. Cpl.
  • Jones John Allen. Sgt.
  • Keegan James Joseph. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Kelly Michael. Sgt. (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Khan Khudadad. Subedar
  • Kirkby Herbert. L/Cpl. (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Labrom William John. Pte.
  • Lauder George Herbert. L/Cpl. (d.25th Nov 1917)
  • Liddle Samuel. Pte.
  • Linge Arthur James. Pte. (d.24th Nov 1914)
  • Low James. L/Sgt. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Lyons Francis. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Mallins Claude O'Conor. Lt. (d.2nd Nov 1914)
  • Marker Raymond John. Lt.Col. (d.13th Nov 1914)
  • Mills William Ernest. Pte. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Monck Charles Henry Stanley. Capt. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Moore Michael. Pte.
  • O'Neill Francis James. Spr.
  • Over Charles Herbert. (d.20th Oct 1914)
  • Packe Edward Alexander. Capt.
  • Parfitt Frederick. Pte.
  • Parker Robert Thomas. Pte.
  • Perris Albert Joseph. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Pretty Frederick Luce. Cpl.
  • Prudence William Henry. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Randall Charles Frank. Pte. (d.1st Nov 1914)
  • Randall Edward John. Pte. (d.30th Sep 1915)
  • Randall Henry John. L/Cpl. (d.3rd Jan 1916)
  • Ridgway Benjamin Wilfred. Pte. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Robinson David. Cpl. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Robinson Percy. Pte. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Rook Morton. Pte.
  • Ryder Leonard. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Sadler Evan Robert. Pte. (d.28th Oct 1914)
  • Shearman Edgar. Pte. (d.6th Dec 1914)
  • Sheath J. C. W.. Pte.
  • Sheehy J.. Pte. (d.10th Nov 1914)
  • Simpson William John Sydney. Lt.
  • Smith Frederick. Pte. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Smith William. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Stanley William Charles. Pte. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Sykes Eli. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Tate Lionel Percy. 2nd Lt. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Wheaton Percy. Trptr. (d.10th Nov 1914)
  • Whigham James. Pte. (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • White Sidney Herbert. Cpl.
  • Wickes Albert Edward. Pte. (d.14th Mar 1915)
  • Willetts Thomas Henry. Pte. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Williams Ralph William. Cpl.
  • Wilson Joseph Harold. A/Sgt.
  • Wiltshire William E.. Cpl. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Witherick Percy John. Sgt. (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Wyer Herbert. L/Sgt. (d.2nd November 1914)
  • Yates William George Frederick.

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