Pending the full pre-war history, which is to be written by better hands, the very sketchy outline in Part I. is given in order to form the connecting link between the Regiment in peace, since its formation, and the present time.It does not attempt to give the smallest idea of the hard work, often accomplished under disadvantageous circumstances, carried out by all ranks, which made possible the work done in the war.
lly adopted till after the second battle of Ypres.
Up to December 18th the trench training of the London Rifle Brigade continued. Platoons and whole companies, gradually working more and more on their own, were attached to the Regulars. When not actually in the line, the whole day was invariably taken up with "fatigues" of all kinds.
A support line in the wood was remade and named Bunhill Row.
It was during this period that the Battalion gained the nicknames "London fatigue party" or "Fatigue Fifth," and other affectionate titles which would not look well in print.
The Battalion also learnt what it meant to have the "dripping swung on it."
The 11th Infantry Brigade was composed of the following Battalions:--
1st Somerset Light Infantry. 1st East Lancashire Regiment. 1st Hampshire Regiment. 1st Rifle Brigade.
[Sidenote: =Dec. 19th.=]
The object of the attack by the 11th Infantry Brigade in front of Ploegsteert Wood on this date was to clear its edges, inc