It would be easy, but wrong, to focus on the unfathomable courage shown by the 2nd Worcesters in the counter-attack and forget the significant gallantry that had held the advancing mass of 13,000 Germans at bay until the British line finally broke on the third day of the Battle of Gheluvelt.
In the hours before Major Hankey's men became the last throw of the dice that Saturday afternoon, barely a thousand men, the remnants of five British battalions, were defending the Menin Road. Before midday, the numbers told.
Straddling the road, the 2nd Welch had only 70 of their thousand men standing. To their left, the 1st Queen's numbered barely 50. To their left again, the 2nd Kings Royal Rifle Corps had been overwhelmed. Beside them, the 1st North Lancs Loyals numbered just 26, while the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers had fought to the last. The right flank of the 1st South Wales Borderers, on the north side of the road, opposite Gheluvelt chateau, had also been rolled back.
The stragglers from that front line warned, even begged the Worcesters to turn back as they advanced down from Polygon Wood, across the Reutelbeek and up to the crest of Polderhoek Ridge.
That sentence alone sheds the clearest spotlight on why Field Marshal Sir Claud Jacob GCB KCSI KCMG chose these words as a tribute to the chargers, and why their willingness to press on should never be forgotten.
Let it never be forgotten that the true glory of the fight at Gheluvelt lies not in the success achieved but in the charge which required our solitary battalion to advance, undaunted, amid all the evidence of retreat to meet great odds in a battle apparently lost.
Fewer than 500 men saved the day:
The Worcesters who gave their lives
The men who are believed to have been a part of that victory