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Key dates over December 1915

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Lives lost on this day: 2

31st December 1915 - New Year's Eve - 2nd,3rd,4th and 9th Battalions all preparing for year ahead

Rolling Casualty Count@ 2633

2nd Batt: Reconnoitre of trenches to be taken over tomorrow. Drill and practising for bombing raid along trenches.

SMD RFA: Wire cutting with help of 3rd Batt Worcs Reg.

4th and 9th Batt: Both in the trenches which were in a poor state.

A New Year's Eve in War Time




Phantasmal fears,

And the flap of the flame,

And the throb of the clock,

And a loosened slate,

And the blind night's drone,

Which tiredly the spectral pines intone!


And the blood in my ears

Strumming always the same,

And the gable-cock

With its fitful grate,

And myself, alone.


The twelfth hour nears

Hand-hid, as in shame;

I undo the lock,

And listen, and wait

For the Young Unknown.


In the dark there careers —

As if Death astride came

To numb all with his knock —

A horse at mad rate

Over rut and stone.


No figure appears,

No call of my name,

No sound but 'Tic-toc'

Without check. Past the gate

It clatters — is gone.


What rider it bears

There is none to proclaim;

And the Old Year has struck,

And, scarce animate,

The New makes moan.


Maybe that 'More Tears! —

More Famine and Flame —

More Severance and Shock!'

Is the order from Fate

That the Rider speeds on

To pale Europe; and tiredly the pines intone.

Information researched by the WWW100 team.