THE soldiers of Gloucestershire made as big a contribution to the First World War as anyone.

The county had two regiments fighting in the 1914 to 1918 war – the Gloucestershire Regiment, and voluntary cavaliers the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.

They fought in major campaigns in France and Flanders, Italy, Macedonia, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and Ireland, losing 8,100 men between them during the course of the war.

Gloucestershire’s soldiers also took part in many major battles throughout the war, including the Battle of Langemarck, part of the Battle of Ypres, in 1914, an almost month-long campaign which saw 800 men, including members of Gloucestershire Regiment First Battalion, lose their lives.