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14th December 1914On this day:
- 2nd Life Guards near Scherpenberg The 2nd Life Guards moved up in Brigade in Cavalry Support into a position of readiness just west of the south of Scherpenberg. Nothing of incident occurred and the Regiment moved back into billets 3/4 of a mile East of Berthen. Divine Services were held at Staple.
- First flight of Zeppelin LZ26 Zeppelin LZ26 (Z12) an N Class craft had its first flight on the 14th December 1914. It went on to carry out 11 attacks in Northern France and at the Eastern Front, dropping a total of 20,000 kilograms (44,000 lb) of bombs.
By the summer of 1915 the Z12 had dropped around 9 tons of bombs on the trunk railway line between Warsaw and Saint Petersburg (then Petrograd) including the stations at Malkina and Bialystok. On one flight it carried a load of 3 tons. It was decommissioned on 8 August 1917.
- Officer Commanding The Queens sends the men copies of messages The following Appendix is included in the War Diary for the end of 1914 as follows:-
Dated 14th December 1914.
To: Officer Commanding, 2nd Battalion The Queens.
"In forwarding the remarks of the G.O.C. 7th Division on the part taken in the present camapaign by the 22nd Infantry Brigade, I wish to convey to all ranks of the Battalion under your command my high appreciation of the good service done by them. All ranks have shown the same spirit and endurance which have in former years made the Regiment famous, and have now added to honours already gained.
The heavy losses in both Officers and Men bear witness to the efforts made by this Battalion to uphold the honour of the Army and Empire. I am proud to have had the honour of having this Battalion in my Brigade"
From: Sydney Lawford, Brigadier General, Commanding 22nd Infantry Brigade.
22nd Infantry Brigade.
"This Brigade had very hard fighting and suffered severe losses.
It speaks highly for the soldierly spirit of this Brigade, that at the close of 3 weeks continuous fighting, and very weak in Officers and Men, it was able to make a gallant and successful counter attack against the enemy at a critical moment, retaking the enemy's trenches and capturing machine guns.
The Brigade at the close of the fighting before Ypres had only the Brigadier General, 4 combatant regimental officers, and a little over 700 other ranks left.
It thus fought itself to a standstill".
2nd Battalion "The Queens" (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
"The Battalion has distinguished itself on several occasions.
On the 31st October 1914, this Battalion made a gallant counter attack, in combination with units of other Brigades, driving back the enemy and gaining a considerable amount of ground.
On the 7th November 1914, the Battalion, though very weak after nearly three weeks incessant fighting, took a leading part in a counter attack against the enemy who was pressing hard on the right of the 1st Corps.
The counter attack was successful. The enemy was driven back and three machine guns captured.
It is to be noted that, near Gheluvelt and Kruiseik this Battalion found itself during the action, alongside its own 1st Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Brigade. The two Battalions became intermingled and, together, carried forward a counter attack and offered stubborn resistance to the enemy."
Certified True Copy.
B.G.L. Thurlow, Captain, Brigade Major, 22nd Infantry Brigade.
- Leicestershire Yeomanry at Berthen Regiment as part of Brigade marched to Berthen and took up position as part of reserve in rear of high ground 4 miles NE of Berthen. Billeted at Berthen for the night.
- 14th Dec 1914 Changes in Trenches
- 14th Dec 1914 1st Gordon Highlanders attack
- 14th Dec 1914 Plank Roadways
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