The Fifth in the Great War: A History of the 1st and 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, 1914-1918: A History of the 1st & 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers, 1914-1918 Paperback – 13 Feb 2009
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The 2nd Bn arrived home from India in December 1914 and was allocated to the 84th Brigade of the newly formed 28th Division, made up of regular battalions returning from overseas. The battalion arrived in France in January 1915 and its first major action was during the German gas attack at Second Ypres and in the ensuing battles. It was then in the trenches at Kemmel and in the fighting in the Hohenzollern Redoubt. In November 1915 the 28th Division was sent to Macedonia where malaria took a greater toll than the enemy. On one occasion a company paraded with just one officer and two lance-corporals, malaria had accounted for the rest. The battalion remained there till June 1918 when it returned to France and joined 150th Brigade in the reconstituted 50th (Northumbrian) Division, a Territorial division; it stayed with that division to the end of the war. Total dead 709 of which 392 were battle casualties.Read more ›