1915 – 1919 Casualties

N.C.O.s and Men of the 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment Killed in Action, 1915 – 1919

The battle of Nonne Bosschen on 11th November 1914 marked the final attempt of the enemy to break through to Ypres. The Kaiser joined his troops at the front, making his own exhortation to them to drive the contemptible British army into the sea’.

By 17th December 1914 the 1st Battalion had rested, received reinforcements and was altogether ready to return to the trenches. The advent of 1915 also saw the arrival in France of the 2nd Battalion. Landing at Devonport on 24th December 1914, it came under orders of 84th Brigade, 28th Division, at Winchester and landed at Le Havre on 17th January 1915.

A number of the Original Battalion still remained in the field, but were to give their lives before the end of the War. 15 died the following year, 1915, particularly during the 2nd Battle of Ypres,

However, the impact of life in a prisoner of war camp is underlined by the fact that 18 men of the  original battalion, most captured at the Battle of Audregnies, died in 1918, as prisoners of war. (Prisoners of War at Soltau Camp – left)

The following 46 Officers, N.C.O.s and men of the 1st Battalion were killed in action or died of their wounds, sickness or disease between 1915 and 1919:

1st January to 31st December 1915

1st January to 31st December 1916

1st January to 31st December 1917

1st January to 31st December 1918

1st January 1919 —->