Awful, awful slaughter

The London Scottish Regiment was the first Territorial unit to see action in the war, on the Messines ridge as part of the 1st Battle of Ypres. Florence Vansittart Neale of Bisham was appalled by the losses they faced. The Lucas-Tooth family (wealthy brewers) was one which was to see all its sons lost in the war.

4 November 1914
Foggy. Train ½ hour late. I & girls to London… All trains left London with blinds down till 10 miles outside.

Charlie we believe in the trenches. London Scottish gallant charges. See another Lucas-Tooth dead. Awful awful slaughter….

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)