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

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By John Harley

The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, used to be a prewar Territorial unit. a lot of its individuals held "white collar" positions hired through the City's felony, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the most important advertisement organisations buying and selling and production cotton items. It went out of the country in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who could adopt their uncomplicated education when the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from may well 1915 until eventually the evacuation on the finish of the yr and interesting crusade is handled in massive aspect. The Battalion back to Egypt till the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.The Manchesters observed standard motion for many of 1918, coming lower than assault within the German offensive in March. during 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 background of the second...

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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.

There was even more physical exercise to concentrate the minds of the men and, as recorded by the Evening News, it became an offence for the soldiers to be found in a pub after 8pm. Around the region, recruitment for the army continued at a brisk rate. In Stockport, the lacrosse players and their friends, drilling at Cale Green, now numbered around 150. Their intent was still to join the Manchesters but this was not finding universal favour in the town. The week’s edition of the Stockport Advertiser noted that recruitment was generally going well but asked, Why are the middle class hanging back at this time of national emergency.

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. Nearly everyone on board is ill. Both Arthur and Nip have been ill all day and I have been sick, although I have not missed a meal and am feeling fit.

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