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. a lot of its contributors held "white collar" positions hired via the City's criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the key advertisement companies buying and selling and production cotton items. It went abroad in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who may adopt their simple education when the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from might 1915 until eventually the evacuation on the finish of the 12 months and engaging crusade is handled in enormous element. The Battalion again to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.The Manchesters observed normal motion for many of 1918, coming below assault within the German offensive in March. through the summer season and autumn, the Battalion took half within the increase to Victory and used to be nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice was once signed in November.The publication additionally recounts the historical past of the second...

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They were not from the shop floor but represented the cream of the company’s highly qualified staff. Amongst them, twenty seven year old Preston Horan3, originally from Sunderland, was a fully qualified engineer and lived locally at Roseneath, Marlborough Road, Sale, Cheshire. They were, perhaps, encouraged by Alexander Doig whose service number, 1738, suggests he had joined the battalion a few months prior to the declaration of war. Aged 25, Doig lived at 128 Upper Brook Street, Manchester with his parents.

Neil Drum The battalion left Britain in September 1914 and did not return until April 1919. In that time, it saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli and on the Western Front in Belgium and France. The second line battalion, the 2/6th, had much shorter service arriving in France in the late spring of 1917. Until shortly before, it had acted as the reserve unit. This meant that the geographical connection with the Manchester area was retained in both battalions for most of the war. In the latter stages, after conscripted men were trained and ready to go overseas, replacement troops could and would come from all parts of the country.

When only the smaller sizes of headgear, boots and clothing are available, how is it that so large a proportion of bigfooted, big-headed, big-framed men turns up? Whilst the men of the East Lancashire Division had had a pleasant voyage, the same could not be said for the division’s horses. The ships had been poorly suited for the purpose and a not insignificant number had died on the way to Egypt. Most were disembarked in poor health. Mustapha Barracks. A and B Companies occupied the buildings and C and D were in the tents.

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