The 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment were based in Tidworth with 7th Brigade, 3rd Division when war broke out in August 1914. They proceeded to France, landing at Rouen on the 16th of August 1914.

They saw action in The Battle of Mons and the rearguard action at Solesmes, The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, at La Bassee, Messines and the First Battle of Ypres. They took part in the Winter Operations of 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde and the Actions at Hooge. On the 18th of October 1915 the 3rd Worcesters transferred with 7th Brigade to 25th Division to strengthen the newly arrived Division and on the 10th of November they transferred to 74th Brigade still in 25th Division.

The 25th Division’s first action was in defence of the German attack on Vimy Ridge in May 1916. They then moved to The Somme and joined the Battle just after the main attack, with 75th Brigade making a costly attack near Thiepval on the 3rd of July.The Division was in action at The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Pozieres and The Battle of the Ancre Heights.

In 1917 they were in action at The Battle of Messines attacking between the Wulverghem-Messines and Wulverghem-Wytschaete roads.

In the Third battle of Ypres were in action during The Battle of Pilkem, Menin Road Ridge and at Westhoek.

In 1918 they were in action on The Somme, in the Battles of the Lys. On the 22nd of June 1918 the 3rd Worcesters transferred to 57th Brigade in 19th (Western) Division, and absorbed the 10th Battalion. They were in action in the Final Advance in Picardy and at the Armitice were were in billets near Bavay.


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  1. peter cooper says:

    fantastic site, arrived here while researching 13 th Cheshire also 74 th Brigade attack on Westkoek Ridge not much history on the new army battalions.

  2. ww1ieper1917 says:

    Pleased to have been of help. I hope you have more information on what you are looking for now.

  3. Philip Hogenes says:

    A very interesting site to which I came searching for more information about Private Edward John Ray (my great grandfather): http://www.lijssenthoek.be/en/adres/10892/-edward-john-ray.html.
    He fought in Flanders, Belgium with the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, 25th Division, 7th Brigade. Thank you for the loads of information about Worcestershire Regiment.

  4. Do you have a direct email? I would like to discuss your Twitter feed which is excellent.
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  5. My late wife’s grandfather Lance Corporal Thomas Reid, Reg. No. 9573, a reservist was called up 5th Aug 1914. He was injured (severe wounds of the thigh) 25th Sept 1914. Died early in the morning of Sunday 27th Sept 1914. He was buried at St Nazaire (Toutes-Aides) cemetry, Loire – Atlantique, France. The funeral party included men from his own company. Is there a way of finding out if he died at Louvain or that was where he was injured (his daughter’s third name, she was born 23rd July 1914) or was he shipped out in a train to the east coast of France and died en-route or after his arrival? It may sound silly but as sole custodian of his memory, I would like to pay the families respects to Thomas, in France, next year, the hundredth year of the anniversary of his death. My wife’s ashes lie with with the bodies of her mother, Ida Doris Louvain Thorne (Reid) and her grandmother Ida May Skeats (Ried) birth name Ayres, in the church yard at Great Bookham, close to where I live and also where Thomas Reid’s details are listed on the local War memorial. No member of their families were ever able to visit his grave. I would apprciate any advise you can give me. David L Molyneux

    • ww1ieper1917 says:

      Dear David,

      Thank you for your message.

      I do appreciate your situation, its very difficult when one becomes last in line of the memories.

      Its very hard to tell but I would imagine if Thomas died 2 days after he was severely wounded it would have been at the dressing station somewhere on the French coast.
      I believe he must have been at the Battles of the Aisne Heights with the 3rd, but they were relieved on the night of the 21st / 22nd. It could be possible that Thomas was wounded around or before this date.

      “During the night of the 24th/25th the 5th Brigade
      was moved out from their billets at Dhuizel to entrench a reserve position on the southern bank
      of the river, which was completed during the following days. The mornings of the next two days
      (26th and 27th) were spent in “• standing by ” in billets, ready to reinforce the line beyond the river,
      where heavy firing could be heard.”

      There appears not to be any encounters for the 3rd with the enemy on the 25th but that does not say that there was not any.

      This is not much info I’m afraid but I hope it is of some help.

      Its pleasing to know that Thomas has a resting place at St. Nazaire (Toutes-Aides) cemetery where you can pay your respects.

      Kindest Regards

      Martin Newman

  6. Shelagh Cloudsdale says:

    Hello Martin, I wonder if you can help me with a query. My mothers eldest sister was born in 1917 and was named Louvain. I believe that this is a reference to events in Louvain, Belgium around the time of her birth….I would love to know a bit more about these events, can you throw some light on this for me or point me towards a website with info? I know that there was atrocities committed there by the Germans in 1914 but why was she and many others born in 1917 named Louvain?
    Hope you can help, thanks.

  7. Stephen John Roberts says:

    Beautiful Site. Well done; keep up the good work.

  8. Gerald says:

    Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

  9. James Burke says:

    Well researched article. 1917 was by all accounts the worst of the war in it’s brutality and desperation. My grandfather, 9331 Pte JF Burke, a regular with 2nd Bttn Worcesters survived the war somehow but was wounded in 1914, 24 days before Gheluvelt. He was put in again and again to stiffen the line of green recruits. He went back to visit shortly after the war and I have a few photos of Ypres, Kemmel etc which he took in the 1920s. The random 1917 executions were barbaric, but part of the brutal system then. To put them in context, the French had mutinied that year and my grandfather said he “was put in between them and Paris where they were marching to to end the war”. His mates debated whether to join them. The Russians had jacked it in and the Allied leaders were terrified of Bolshevism spreading so stamped on any perceived insubordination. My grandfather was radicalised by the war but was proud of his old Regiment.

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