Monday, November 10, 2014

10 November 1914 - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Army Post Office, 10 November 1914
"Dearest wife, just a postcard to let you know I received about 5 letters from you at once.  
They must have been saving them up for me..."

"Since October 31, 6 officers had been killed, 7 wounded, and 3 were missing. Of NCO’s and men 64 were dead, 339 wounded, and 194 missing. The total casualties, all ranks, for one week, were 613.

On the night of the 9th November the Battalion of four platoons, three in the firing line and one in reserve, was relieved by the S.W. Borderers; drew supplies and men at Brigade Headquarters, moved back through Zillebeke and marched into bivouacs near a farm south of the Ypres–Zonnebeke road, where they settled down with some Oxford L.I. in deep trenches, and dugouts which had been dug by the French.  They spent the 10th in luxury; their cookers were up and the men ate their first hot meal for many days."   (The Irish Guards in the Great War, Kipling).

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