WWI British Regiment and The Loos Football


Composite image of the Worcestershire Regiment going into battle, contrasted with a contemporary image of the battlefield at Loos. The Loos football was kicked across the battlefield by British soldiers as they advanced on German positions on September 25, 1915. This image (bottom) was photographed on its last field of play after being restored in 2011. The Worcestershire Regiment (top) was an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, formed in 1881. In the First World War the Regiment saw action in the retreat from Mons, The Battle of the Marne and at Langemark, Aisne, Gheluvelt and Ypres in 1914. Nonne Bosschen, Festubert and Gallipoli in 1915, and Loos and the Somme in 1916. In 1917 it saw involvement in actions at Bagentin, Delville Wood, Le Transloy, Arras, Ypres Menin Road, Polygon Wood, and Passchendale. The regiment then fought at Cambrai, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Hindenburg Line, St. Quentin Canal and Selle in 1918. Members of the Regiment won nine Victoria Crosses, 70 Distinguished Service Orders (and 12 bars), 288 Military Crosses (and 36 bars), 227 Distinguished Conduct Medals (and 8 bars).

Credit: LOC / Mary Evans / Science Source
Composition by: Eric Cohen

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