Elsewhere on this blog I have looked at the "local" nature of the 10th Bn Essex Regiment. My interests have broadened over the last few years, leading me to start a study of the 2 Bn as well.
This regular army battalion went overseas on 22 August 1914 and remained on the western front throughout. The 1914 Star medal roll provides a snapshot of the battalion in the early years of the war, listing 990 "other ranks" who landed on 22 August 1914 with the battalion. Study of these 990 men has proved quite distracting, but the following figures were the original findings taken from the medal roll:
Killed in action 179
Died of wounds 90
Prisoner of war 45
As this roll was compiled in 1918 the information isn't complete and subsequent research has (and continues) to update these figures.