We’re on the rue to nowhere


18th October 1914

General advance was sounded at 6am but no one was going very far. The Germans still held a position south of the canal that allowed them to enfilade the British and so any attacks quickly came to nothing. Gleichen showed the new CO of the 5th Division, Major-General Thomas Morland, the lie of the land. The enemy had also occupied a railway triangle just behind the brickstacks. Hiding in among the wagons and rails made them difficult targets for the British artillery, even their howitzers.

The Dorsets were moved with the West Riding Regiment to the Rue D’Ouvert and here they spent some of the day in reserve, dodging high explosive shells and then hiding behind a bank further south. By 6pm they returned to billets in the Rue D’Ouvert.