The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The attackers of 84th and 80th Brigades were fairly swiftly detected by the Germans but nonetheless, with great dash, got to within yards of the enemy-held trenches. Close-quarters rifle and machine-gun fire did great damage to the British ranks who were eventually forced back to positions along the Menin road near Witte Poort Farm; here the exhausted and thirsty survivors remained. In the attack the 84th Brigade lost near 60% of its strength (killed, wounded or missing): 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers - 13 officers, 350 men; 2nd Cheshires - 10 officers and 279 men; 1st Suffolks - 10 officers and 135 men; 1st Welsh - 15 officers, and 418 men.

80th Brigade's casualties were 16 officers and 490 other ranks (killed, wounded or missing).


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