This Day in History: 1915-02-02

The 2nd Battalion spent its first day on return to the front in positions along the Rue de Bois running south-west from Neuve Chappelle. There was only spasmodic enemy shelling, mostly from one cleverly concealed field gun which British artillery could not locate and neutralise. One Goorkha Rifleman was wounded. He had been carrying a ‘degchi’ [cooking pot] of meat when hit, and to the amusement of those helping him his first words on regaining consciousness were “Masulai ke bhayo?” (“What has happened to the meat?”).