1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment - November 1914
memory of E Frost, Killed in Action, 14th November 1914, Ypres)
1st November Drahoutre (Dranoutre)
Battalion in billets in reserve, One and a half miles south of Drahoutre.
Battalion in billets in reserve, one and a half miles south of Drahoutre.
Battalion in billets about one and a half miles south of Drahoutre.
Battalion in billets in
reserve, one and a half miles south of Drahoutre. Captain J. A. Busfield, Cheshire Regt, took over command of
Battalion. Lt T.L. Frost took over duties of Adjutant.
Capt. G.P. Pollock Hodsoll, 3/Suffolk Rgt, attached for duty.
7.15 am, Battalion marched to Ypres and took up position about 4 miles
east south east, holding 350 yards of trenches (relieving the 2nd
Bedfordshire Regt.) These
trenches were just south of the 6 th Kilometre stone on the Menin Road
Ypres Battalion in trenches, heavy artillery fire and some rifle
Battalion in trenches. Very heavy shell fire in the morning, enemys
infantry attacked at 2.30 pm. C
Company sent to reinforce regiment on our left. Enemy repulsed, 25 captured.
Captain Pollock Hodsall & 2nd Lieut G.R.L Anderson
killed. N.C.O.s & men 4 killed, 22 wounded, 8 missing.
Battalion in trenches. Shelling commenced later owing to morning mist.
No infantry attack. 2 men wounded by our shells falling short.
2/Lieut Hands joined on promotion from Sergeant 1/East Surrey Rgt.
Battalion in trenches Shelling light. Night attack expected so a good deal of rifle fire at night.
Battalion in trenches. Enemy shelled heavily in the morning. A certain
amount of night firing.
Battalion in trenches. Heavy shell fire in morning & evening.
Enemy appeared to be massing in a wood south of our position but our
shells scattered them & they were easily repulsed by our rifle fire,
with heavy casualties to them.
Battalion in trenches. Enemy
kept up shell fire most of the day, otherwise quiet.
2/Lieut Skeates) transferred to 2/Lieut Dampier) 1/Bedfordshire Regt.
Battalion in trenches. Heavy shell fire on our trenches & also
supports in dugouts. Small
infantry attack easily repulsed.
14th November -
Battalion in trenches. To
conform with the division on our right, an order was given to retire from
the advance line about 150 yards in rear, this was commenced at midday &
completed by 4 pm, when the final line was held. The enemy were pressing on all the time & consequently
our casualties were rather heavy - 2/Lieut
H. R. Stables 5/Royal Fusiliers killed, 2/Lieut E.G. Carr wounded & 30
N.C.O.s & men killed, wounded & missing (2/Lieut Stables has no
known grave and is commemorated on The Menin Gate.
Here also E Frost lost his life being one of the missing.)
Two German patrols of 15 & 7 men were shot down just outside our
Battalion in trenches. A quiet day. Some shelling & sniping. Enemy
digging into new position. 2/Lieut Downs wounded.
Battalion in trenches. Our guns kept up a heavy shell fire, some
Battalion in trenches, started with an exceptionally heavy shell fire
followed by an infantry attack, which however was easily repulsed.
Battalion in trenches. Heavy shell fire, no infantry attack. Heavy rain.
Battalion in trenches. A
little shell fire and sniping. Started to snow & freeze. Relieved by the Worcester regiment at 8 pm.