This Day In History: 1917-02-24

The 1st Battalion moved out of the bridgehead on the north bank of the Tigris to capture Turkish position blocking further advance. Intense fighting followed that last throughout the day before orders were issued to withdraw to a bivouac area. In two days of fighting the Battalion’s losses were: one British Officer, two Gurkha officers and 69 Other Ranks killed; two British Officers, one Gurkha officer and 72 other ranks wounded killed. The attacks across a Corps front resulted in the enemy being routed in full retreat to Baghdad.