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, was once a prewar Territorial unit. a lot of its contributors held “white collar” positions hired through the City’s criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the most important advertisement corporations buying and selling and production cotton items. It went in a foreign country in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who may adopt their easy education while 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 engaging crusade is handled in enormous element. The Battalion back to Egypt till the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.

The Manchesters observed general motion for many of 1918, coming below assault within the German offensive in March. in the course of the summer time and autumn, the Battalion took half within the strengthen to Victory and was once nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice used to be signed in November.

The booklet additionally recounts the historical past of the second one line battalion, the 2/6th Manchesters, from its inception in 1914 until eventually it used to be all yet destroyed in March 1918.

The writer attracts on reputable files and private bills to inform the tale of those high quality battalions.

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One Arab who had broken through was very funny. He had almost got on to the footpath when our chap got him by the back of the neck and he squealed like a stuck pig and threw up his hands. Ras-el-Tin Barracks. Manchester Regiment Archives Tom Gresham also enjoyed the day. ’ As usual, Sunday the 18th began with church parades but unlike the previous weeks, where a service had been conducted for the whole brigade on the barracks’ square, services for each battalion were held in the church. For most of the men, they had the rest of the day off, but for 120 of them, there was more work to be done.

And so, when young middle class men from Stockport enlisted in August 1914, it was the Manchesters not the Cheshires that they chose to join. I found it remarkably easy to research Grandad’s war service. Much has been written about the Manchester Pals and, indeed, the Pals battalions of other regiments. But comparatively little has been written about Territorial units – the ‘Saturday Afternoon Soldiers’. Two volumes of history of the 7th Manchesters were published after the war but, as with many books from that period, they are books written by officers, for officers.

Chapter 2 EGYPT THE MANCHESTERS DISEMBARKED early on 26 September and paraded before General Maxwell, British Commander in Egypt, before moving off to barracks. Private Ridley Sheldon: We had to face a walk of four miles in the broiling hot sun, with a weight of eighty-five pounds on our backs, in the shape of equipment, which included a hundred rounds of ammunition; and we were only allowed one rest during the whole distance and that was ten minutes. The distance may not seem very far, but then the fact must not be overlooked that the heat was something like eighty degrees in the shade, so that the walk was very trying.

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