We’re going to Neuve Chapelle


27th October 1914

The Dorsets left their billets at 6am and met up with a new batch of reinforcements at Le Touret. Captain Fraser was put in charge of organising the fresh troops. The rest of the Dorsets marched to Richebourg-L’Avoué. They were pushed up with the Cheshires, two companies of the Bedfords and the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI) to assist in a counterattack on Neuve Chapelle.

A series of manouevres for the attack are recorded in the 5th Division’s diary. The Dorsets remained in the road throughout the night waiting for an order to attack but it never came. A combination of confused communication, exhausted troops and poorly reconnoitred terrain meant that it never took place.