The Great War

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The crisis of the first great Battle of Ypres was reached on October 31st, 1914. Fierce fighting began early in the morning along the Ypres-Menin road, and in time the attack developed in great force against the village of Gheluvelt. To the north of it the first and third brigades of the First British Division were driven back, while the first Coldstream Guards were wiped out in the fighting. The entire division was swept back from its position at Gheluvelt to the woods between Veldhoek and Hooge. At a critical moment, Sergeant H.Kirkcaldy, of the 26th (Heavy) Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, brought up fresh horses under under a terrific shell-fire to replace those already killed. His gallant conduct saved a transport wagon, and he was rewarded with D.C.M.