This Day In History: 1915-01-25

After almost a month in billets, reconstituting after actions at La Quinque Rue, the 2nd Battalion returned to the front immediately to the west of Neuve Chapelle. Regimental history notes the scale of clothing issued to all ranks:

Woollen undervest (thick)       2 pairs of socks

Woollen drawers (thick)         Woollen muffler

Flannnel Shirt                          Woollen gloves

Sweater                                   Greatcoat

Serge Jacket                            Putties

Serge trousers                         Felt hat

Balaclava cap

Each carried a waterproof sheet, blanket, 1 pr of socks, towel, soap. Short sheepskin jackets were issued in December 19114 but could not be worn under accoutrement, belts not being long enough. When in the trenches, as a precaution against frostbite at might men wore a sandbag full of straw on each foot and leg, and whale oil well rubbed in was also found efficacious.