This Day In History: 1916-03-08

After a lengthy night march the 1st Battalion deployed to positions as part of a Corps assault on the key Turkish position of Dujailah Redoubt on the south bank of the Tigris near the besieged Garrison of Kut. At 2.30pm the Battalion began its assault under heavy fire from snipers in concealed trenches. The attack failed in the face of superior numbers of enemy. At 5.30 pm orders were received to retire, eventually to Senna Camp to occupy a frontage of over 1,200 yards. This first action was costly: 204 all ranks killed, 108 wounded.