6th Battalion. The Manchester Regiment in the Great War by John Harley

By John Harley

The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, was once a prewar Territorial unit. lots of its participants held "white collar" positions hired by means of the City's felony, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the foremost advertisement organisations buying and selling and production cotton items. It went abroad in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who could adopt their simple education when the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from could 1915 until eventually the evacuation on the finish of the 12 months and engaging crusade is handled in huge element. The Battalion lower back to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.The Manchesters observed normal motion for many of 1918, coming lower than assault within the German offensive in March. through the summer season and autumn, the Battalion took half within the improve to Victory and was once nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice was once signed in November.The e-book additionally recounts the background of the second...

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Aged 25, he was a regular member of the lacrosse first team and had represented Cheshire, the North of England and, on one occasion, had played for England against Canada. Writing home, he told of the trip south ‘After being on the train 14 hours, we arrived at Southampton and went aboard the SS Corsican. Arthur, Nip and myself and all our boys had a good sleep on the train. The boat we are on was one of the first boats to get to the Titanic when she went down. ’ Ridley Sheldon, the Heydon brothers and the other new recruits would undertake their basic army training while ‘on the job’.

Lance Corporal Sidney ‘Cider’ Heydon, from Stockport. The men who had not volunteered for overseas service would form the nucleus of a new Battalion which would shortly be officially designated as the 2nd/6th. The original Battalion would become known as the 1st/6th but will continue to be referred to here just as the 6th. The history of the 2nd/6th is recorded in Chapter 7 and, until mid-1915, it undertook a dual role. Firstly, it took on the Territorial Force’s responsibilities for home defence and, secondly, acting as the reserve battalion, trained new recruits to send overseas.

The troops were now settled into their quarters and into the new routines and, over the next few days, there were no regular parades but training continued, particularly for the new recruits such as the lacrosse players. The 14th saw a very busy morning but the afternoon was a holiday and most of the battalion turned out to watch intercompany football matches. 35. Company drill then section drill and physical drill with rifles. Hard work but very enjoyable. I hope it is continued every day. Breakfast, after having a drink of hot milk which was good, was the best I have had since I came away.

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