These are the men who gave their lives in the counter-attack on Gheluvelt Chateau, of Saturday, October 31, 1914.

Permission to reproduce the detail you see below is kindly given by Louis Scully, whose www.worcestershireregiment.com website has been a remarkable source of fact and inspiration to this website, and the audio documentary that commemorates the events that day.

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Pte Thomas Billingham (7659): Private Billingham was born in1885 and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 28, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Ann Maria Billingham, of 136 Icknield Port Road, Ladywood, Birmingham.

Pte Andrew Brace (8290): Pte Brace was born and enlisted in Worcester. A member, of A company, he was killed in action, aged 29 and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mrs. Sarah Brace, of 4 Magdala Terrace, Infirmary Walk, Worcester.

Pte Bernard Breese (10557): Pte Breese was born in 1889 in Birmingham, enlisting in Worcester. He was killed in action, aged 25, and is buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Son of Alfred and Florence E.Breese, of 37A Park Lane, Aston.

Pte Albert Brookes (7861): Private Brooks was born in Halesowen, Worcestershire, and was living in Walsall, Staffs. when he enlisted in Worcester. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

L/Cpl Ernest Burton (6416): L/Cpl Burton was born in 1884 and enlisted in Wolverhampton. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was a warder at HM Prison Durham at the time he was recalled to the colours.

Pte Cyril Frederic Collett (13315): Pte Collett was born in Birmingham and enlisted in Oxford. He was killed in action, aged 20. and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mrs. Ada de Jongh (Formerly Collett), of 79 Leith Mansions, Maida Hill, London.

Pte George Crawford (7983): Pte Crawford was born and enlisted in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

L/Cpl William George Curtis (9064): Pte Curtis was born in 1888, in Kidderminster, and enlisted in his home town. He died of his wounds on the December 5, 1914, and is buried at Kortrijk (St. Jan) Communal Cemetery. He had been promoted to Lance Corporal.

Pte Arthur Edward Francis Dance (8864): Pte Dance was born in Gretton, Gloucestershire, and was living in Birmingham when he enlisted (in Worcester). He was killed in action, aged 27, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte Thomas Alfred Dumbleton (10462): Pte Dumbleton was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 32, and is remembered on the Ypres ( Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Florence Ada Dumbleton, of 13 Park Lane, Aston, Birmingham.

Pte Frederick Edwards (10448): Pte Edwards was born in London and was living Edmonton, London, when he enlisted in London. He died from his wounds on November 1, 1914, aged 24. He is remembered at Perth Cemetery (China Wall).

Pte Henry Charles Elston (11344): Pte Elston was born in Maidstone, Kent, and was living in Gravesend, Kent, when he enlisted in Chatham, Kent. He was killed in action, aged 26, and is remembered on the Ypres ( Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Samuel and E. Julia Elston.

Pte John Evans (9321): Pte Evans was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 27, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Mrs. C. Evans, of 39 Barford Street, Birmingham.

Pte Alfred Flemming (11919): Pte Flemming was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, and was living in the city when he enlisted in Northhampton. He was in A Company and died from his wounds on November 1, 1914. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Drummer Harry William George (9710): Drummer George was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He died from wounds on the day, of the battle and is buried in Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery.

Pte Philip Claude Gill (8559): Pte Gill was born in about 1886, in Bristol, and enlisted in Birmingham. The Son of Philip and Lilia Gill, of 7 Boscombe Road, Ipsley, Birmingham, he died from his wounds on November 1, 1914, and is buried in Kortrijk (St. Jan) Communal Cemetery.

L/Cpl Arthur Gulliver (10060): Pte Gulliver was born 1888 in Cubbington, Warwickshire, and was living in Stratford-on-Avon when he enlisted (in Worcester). He was killed in action, aged 26, and is remembered on theYpres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Henry and Betsy.

Pte Charles Frederick Hadley (8675): Pte Hadley was born in 1887 and enlisted in Birmingham. A member, of C Company, he is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Minnie, of 7 Temperance Square, Wilton St., Lozells.

Pte James Richard Hall (7507): Pte Hall was born in Birmingham and was living in Wednesbury, Staffs, when he enlisted in Dudley. He was killed in action, aged 28, at and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. Son of Thomas and Emma Hall, of 125 Holyhead Road.

Pte John Hayes (9997): Pte Hayes was born in London and enlisted in Stratford, London. He was killed in action, aged 28, at and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.

Pte Arthur Clarence Hitch (7230): Pte Hitch was born in 1882 and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 30, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hitch, of Saanich, Victoria, British Columbia.

Pte Richard King (7560): Pte King was born 1883 in Walsall, Staffordshire, and was living in Walsall when he enlisted in Dudley. He was killed in action, aged 32, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Martha King.

Pte John Kirk (12913): Pte Kirk was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte Arthur Lloyd (9628): Pte Lloyd was born 1887 in Sunderland, Co. Durham, and was living in Smethwick, Staffordshire when he enlisted in Oldbury. He was killed in action, aged 27, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Samuel Lloyd.

Pte William Mackender (9588): Pte Mackender was born in West Kensington, London, and enlisted in Sudbury, Suffolk. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte William Morris (9555): Pte Morris was a reservist member, of A Company who was killed in action, aged 26. The Son of John Morris, of 4 Fairlea Terrace, Newtown Rd., Malvern. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Mennin Gate), Memorial, Belguim.

Pte Herbert Thomas Norwood (7513): Pte Norwood was born in Stourport, Worcestershire, and was living in Droitwich when he enlisted in Worcester. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and St. Mary the Virgin, Hanbury.

Pte Richard Organ (6240): Pte Organ was born in about 1881 and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 33, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Mrs. C. Organ, of Jubilee Terrace, Shenstone, Lichfield, Staffs.

Pte Albert Perks (8513): Pte Perks was born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, and was living in Quarry Bank when he enlisted in Stourbridge. He died from his wounds on November 1, 1914, and is remembered in Perth Cemetery (China Wall).

Sgt George Frederick Poole (7192): Sgt Poole was born in 1885, in Wolverhampton, and was living in the town when he enlisted in Dudley. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Married 1909, Wolverhampton.

Pte John Edward Porter (10438): Pte Porter was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 25, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Ellen Porter, of 15 Brighton Place, Abbey St, Hockley, Birmingham.

Pte William Powell (9047): Pte Powell was born and enlisted in Worcester. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Annie Jane Powell, of 4 Somers Terrace, Leigh Sinton, Malvern.

Pte Robert Robins (5772): Pte Robins was born 1886, in Lambeth, London, and was living in Kennington when he enlisted in London. He was killed in action, aged 28, is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Brother, of Mrs. Annie Elliott.

Pte Harry Simmons (9384): Pte Simmons was born in 1888, in Old Hill, Staffordshire, and was living in Great Bridge when he enlisted in Dudley. He was killed in action, aged 26, and is remembered on the Gheluvelt (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Henry and Matilda.

Pte Albert Charles Smith (9453): Pte Smith was born in Lambeth, London, and was living in Lambeth when he enlisted in Stratford, London. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte William Smith (8832): Pte Smith was born and enlisted in Birmingham. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of the late Rose Hannah Smith, of 23 Abbey Street. Hockley, Birmingham.

L/Cpl George Henry Steward (8509): L/Cpl Steward was born in Wribbenhall, Worcestershire, and was living in Arley, Worcestershire, when he enlisted in Bewdley. He was killed in action, aged 28, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte Charles Robert Swift (11296): Pte Swift was born on July 25, 1890, and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action, aged 25, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Husband of Elizabeth Swift, of 32 Silver Street, Worcester.

Pte Joseph Charles Tucker (8336): Pte Tucker was born 1884, in Cradley, and was living in Cradley Heath when he enlisted in Halesowen. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Pte John Turley (7911): Pte Turley was born in Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, and was living in Austy Bank, Staffordshire, when he enlisted, possibly in Warwick. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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