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The Battles of Ypres 1914 (First Ypres)

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 19 October - 22 November 1914. Following the failure of the German Schlieffen Plan in August and September 1914, both sides engaged in a series of linked battles as they sought to outflank each other. The climax of these manouvres was at Ypres in November 1914 when the might of the German Army attempted to break the much outnumbered British Expeditionary Force. The political importance of Ypres, being the last town of any size in Belgium that remained in allied hands, established its importance for both sides and ensured a series of battles over four years.

The First Battle of Ypres in 1914 is characterised by a series of linked heroic stands by outnumbered British soldiers in conditions of confusion and weary endurance. The Germans never knew how close they had come to winning - at one point just the clerks and cooks were the last line of defence for the BEF. By the end of the battle the magnificent original BEF, composed of professional regular soldiers, had been all but destroyed and already the Territorial battalions were called into battle. From the end of 1914 a 'Regular' battalion was in terms of its compostion little different to a Teritorial or later Service Battalion. The professional soldiers had all but vanished.

 Rank Initials Surname Died Lodge
 Capt. T.M. PHILLIPS 04-11-1914 An Irish Lodge No. 0
Chutter Munzil No. 3276
Light in Adjoodhia No. 836
 Cpl. A. ELLISON 06-11-1914 Comrades No. 2740
 Capt. A.J. HAMILTON 06-11-1914 United No. 1629
 W.O.1 (RSM) R. BAKER DCM 07-11-1914 Inhabitants No. 153
 Capt. A.S. NESBITT 07-11-1914 Lodge of Erin No. 2895
 Maj. C.G.M. SLADE 08-11-1914 Abbey No. 945
 C.S.M. W. WILLIAMS 08-11-1914 Rock of Gwalior No. 1066
Royal Connaught No. 2377
 Lt. H.B.F. CONGLETON 10-11-1914 Apollo University No. 357
 LCpl. W.M. MILLAR 11-11-1914 Old Quintinians No. 3307
Polytechnic No. 2847
 Capt. A.K. PUZEY 11-11-1914 Phoenix No. 257
 2Lt R.G. KER-GULLAND 12-11-1914 London Scottish Rifles' No. 2310
 Sgt. E.A. SMART 12-11-1914 London Scottish Rifles' No. 2310
 Lt. H.R. STABLES 15-11-1914 Apollo University No. 357
 Maj. A.W. BUCKINGHAM 17-11-1914 London Scottish Rifles' No. 2310
 Maj. J. CHRYSTIE 17-11-1914 Stewart No. 1960
 Capt. G.A.M. DOCKER 17-11-1914 Apollo University No. 357
 Capt. F.A.C. LIEBERT 17-11-1914 Lodge of Science No. 437
 Spr. C.L. BARE 18-11-1914 Lodge of Sympathy No. 483

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