The Battle of Gheluvelt happened just 88 days into the First World War, 88 days that have etched themselves on Worcestershire Regiment history.

Little wonder, then, that the 2nd Worcesters were below half strength when Major Hankey's Adjutant, Captain Senhouse Clarke, returned from Divisional Headquarters with the battalion's orders.

Or that the reminiscences shared by the chargers in the years after the war – when regarded from the distance of 100 years – make haunting reading:

The road to Gheluvelt

The 2nd Worcesters' timeline from the outbreak of war to the end of the First Battle of Ypres

A Regimental pilgrimage

A Worcester reflects on a return visit to Gheluvelt after the war, published in the Green 'Un – the regiment's magazine – of November, 1922

The human side of Gheluvelt

Captain Senhouse Clarke's recollections of Saturday, October 31, 1914, also from the Green 'Un of November, 1922

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

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