The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The Lahore Division (commanded by Major-General H D'U Keary) comprised: the Ferozepore Brigade, Jullundur Brigade and Sirhind Brigade. The Division was directed to attack northwards on the sector east of the 129th Baluchis in trenches near Wyteschaete, October 1914.Ypres-Langemarck road (from a line Wieltje - St Julien) and assault enemy trenches wherever encountered.

The assault, which began just after 2pm, encountered fierce German artillery fire as it moved across Hill Top Ridge resulting in heavy casualties. Some of the first line troops carried marker flags to indicate their progress to the British supporting artillery but these flags were also observed by German spotters with disastrous consequences. Additionally a discharge of cloud gas in the direction of a supporting French advance drifted across the front of the Ferozepore Brigade causing casualties and much confusion. The Lahore Division was unable to close with the enemy though some troops got to within 100 yards of German positions but were there halted by wire, shelling, rifle and machine-gun fire. The attack was abandoned.

Combined total casualties (killed, wounded and missing) for the 1st Manchesters, 40th Pathans, 47th Sikhs, 129th Baluchis and 57th Rifles amounted to: 95 officers (58 British and 37 Indian) and 1,734 other ranks.


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