19 December 1914
Attack on "Bulge" in Ploegsteert wood by 11th Brigade. Demonstration all along line by artillery, rifle, Machine Gun fire all day, culminating with attack at 2.30pm. No reply at all by Germans to our Demonstration, except by artillery. Tremendous bombardment of the enemy's trenches after 2pm. Attack not altogether successful on account of the waterlogged state of the ground, but some ground was made. Relieved in the trenches about 10pm by R Irish Fusiliers. Very heavy downpour from dark till after midgnith. Billetted at ROMARTIN. [No arrangements made before and very dirty billets, got settled in about 2pm. One company (A) went on to billets in LA CRECHE].
Killed: 1 [see below]
Private NORMAN MATHESON
Last address in Lewis: 36 Lower Barvas,
Son of Donald and Christina Matheson, of 36, Lower Barvas, Stornoway, Lewis.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 3/6708
Date of death: 19 December 1914 at the age of 32
Killed in action
Interred: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, grave V. A. 4.