This Day In History: 1914-10-30

The 2nd Battalion, having relieved the Northumberland Fusiliers in trenches  at La Bassee immediately to the north east of Neuve Chapelle the previous day, suffered its first casualties as a result of desultory bursts of fire from the Germans. Two men were killed and seven wounded. Major Macpherson, a Company Commander, was the first British Officer to fall, shot through the head.  Click here for an extract of the Regimental history describing conditions in the trenches.