1914 After the very heavy losses at Mons; Le Cateau; 1st Marne; Aisne; La Bassée and 1st Ypres, suffered during the first months of the Great War. By late November 1914, the old British Army had virtually disappeared.
The first winter 1914/1915 was relatively quiet, and saw a period of training, with the 1st Gordons joining its brigade at Locres on 2nd December 1914. Drafts were arriving to bring the battalion up to strength, with Territorial battalions sent out from the UK, towards the end of 1914.
1st Gordons on 14th December 1914 were engaged in an operation at Messives Ridge with 8th Brigade, and again lost heavily.
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