Published By Ben Hillidge
First Ypres. 2 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment. 12-15 November 1914.
GOOGLE MAPS Centres modern day N 303 road running between and Passchendaele and Broodseinde
The 2 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment was in the line between Beceleare – Moorsleede about 5km south of Passchendaele where they had been for the last weeks of October and into November. They had been in some heavy fighting with frequent enemy attacks and shelling. The Germans attacked again on 12 November, the situation had become critical and the enemy very nearly broke through but the South Staffordshire’s held their own. As a consequence of these difficult operations the battalion was withdrawn from the front line to the reserve. The enemy attacks continued however and at 1.30pm on 13 November two companies were ordered forward to support the Highland Light Infantry (HLI) on the Passchendaele – Broodseinde road (modern day N 303). Another two companies were similarly ordered forward to join them the next day and relieved the HLI. The Staffordshire men remained in the line until the following evening when they were relieved by French troop and withdrawn to billets at Hooge. No casualty figures are recorded in the war diary
References and Sources WAR DIARY 2 Bn South Staffs.
B&O 1914. First Ypres. 2 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment. 19 Oct-22 Nov 1914.