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1/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, World War I

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The 4th Territorial Battalion of the1st Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment was actually on training camp at the start of the war, but was not yet well enough organised for real warfare. This began by the training of its officers in Newcastle on Tyne. The Battalion sailed for France 15 April 1915 at something like full strength : 27 Officers, 932 other ranks and 30 horses. A couple of days later they moved up to the reserve lines, now 29 Officers and 1023 other ranks.

St Julien 22 Apr-4 May 1915

Almost at once they were in action in the Battle of St Julien 22 April-4th May 1915. The French force immediately adjacent to them was subjected to the first Gas Attack of the war and retreated in disorder. The East Yorkshires were moved into the front line in support of the Canadians already there. The 4th Territorials were reduced to 11 officers and 621 men - so only 18 days after arriving in France they had lost 18 officers (7 dead) and about 400 men



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