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 2nd Worcesters' timeline from the outbreak of war to the end of the First Battle of Ypres
A Worcester reflects on a return visit to Gheluvelt after the war, published in the Green 'Un – the regiment's magazine – of November, 1922
Captain Senhouse Clarke's recollections of Saturday, October 31, 1914, also from the Green 'Un of November, 1922