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 individuals held "white collar" positions hired by means of the City's criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the main advertisement agencies buying and selling and production cotton items. It went in another country 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 substantial element. The Battalion lower back to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.The Manchesters observed typical motion for many of 1918, coming less than assault within the German offensive in March. through the summer season and autumn, the Battalion took half within the develop to Victory and was once nonetheless advancing while the Armistice was once signed in November.The booklet additionally recounts the historical past of the second...

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The army was thoroughly organised to undertake the mobilisation quickly. Few men would have realised that their ‘calling up’ notices had been made out just after they enlisted and that, month by month, home addresses were checked and envelopes rewritten where necessary. So, with postal deliveries then being twice daily, it would have been no surprise that many men had already arrived at Battalion Headquarters at Stretford Road, Hulme before the declaration of war was formally announced. Across the region, there was a rush to enlist into the army and, for the first weeks of the war, men could pretty much pick and choose which regiment they joined.

The troops on board one of the ships began to sing and the whole convoy took up the strains. In the morning, the first arrivals lay-to off the Eddystone until, by late afternoon, a great fleet had assembled. At sundown the convoy sailed in three lines ahead, escorted by the battleship Ocean and the cruiser Minerva. It is said that this was the first actual convoy that had left England since the Napoleonic wars. The weather was particularly bad for the first three days and it was a miserable time for the men.

The eastern edge of the camp is occupied by the 5th Battalion and on this side also are the medicals and the Army Service Corps. With the memories of Caernarfon still fairly fresh in their minds, the men quickly settled back into life under canvas. They undertook drills and other exercises designed to maintain their fitness. Food was good and plentiful and the Manchester Evening News reported that a man’s daily ration included 1¼ lbs of fresh meat, 1¼ lbs of bread, 4 ounces of bacon, 3 of cheese and 2 of peas, beans or dried potato.

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