Not every fact and figure finds its way into the final product in a project like the one that's resulted in this Gheluvelt: The day the Worcesters saved civilsation audio documentary.

Some are incredibly hard to leave in the notebook.

That's why much of what didn't make the final cut has found a place to live here:


How this project came together and your chance to listen to this salute to the 2nd Worcesters

Major Hankey's notes from Polygon Wood and Gheluvelt

How Major Edward Hankey recorded the remarkable events at Polygon Wood – Saturday, October 24, 1914 – and Gheluvelt, just seven days later

Capt Bowring's thoughts

Captain Bowring led C Company in the charge on Gheluvelt Chateau. Here's how he recorded the event just a couple of years later

A salute from the Commander-in-Chief

A little under three weeks after the historic events at Gheluvelt, Sir John French addressed the 2nd Worcesters and revealed, in no undertain terms, the edbt the nation owed to them

The view from the front line

In the drive to ensure that the 2nd Worcesters' part in the counter-attack at Gheluvelt is restored to the public's minds, it's important not to forget the men who'd fought in the front line until the Germans finally broke through

The youngest voice

Belgian student Evy Louwagie explains what the events of 100 years ago mean to her generation, and why

A little piece of Belgium

The corner of the Faithful City that is forever Gheluvelt

Before the poppy

Why the cornflower was the original symbol of the sacrifices that were made on the battlefields of France and Flanders

The horrors of Polygon Wood

The counter-attack made by the Worcesters through Polygon Wood, seven days before the action at Gheluvelt, denied the Germans their breakthrough. But it came at great cost

Battle of Gheluvelt commemoration in association with....

Worcester Warriors websiteThe audio documentary at the heart of this Battle of Gheluvelt commemorative project would not have been possible without the support of Worcester Warriors and The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust. Please click the logos for more details

Gheluvelt: The documentary

Worcetershire Regiment cap badge 1914Find out how the Gheluvelt documentary happened by following this link, and start reading the remarkable stories that didn't make the final cut.... 

The visit you ought to make

Gheluvelt 1914 detailLet's set you on your way so that you, too, can research your family connections to Gheluvelt, or visit the other battlefields of Flanders... and you should. 

Please tell us about your hero

Ypres cornflowerFamily or feedback? If you're related to a Gheluvelt hero, email and share his story with a grateful nation