By John Harley
The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, used to be a prewar Territorial unit. lots of its individuals held "white collar" positions hired through the City's felony, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the main advertisement corporations buying and selling and production cotton items. It went abroad in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who might adopt their uncomplicated 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 interesting crusade is handled in massive aspect. The Battalion back to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 while it moved to France.The Manchesters observed normal motion for many of 1918, coming below assault within the German offensive in March. in the course of the summer season and autumn, the Battalion took half within the improve to Victory and used to be nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice was once signed in November.The booklet additionally recounts the heritage of the second...
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For a time, however, they could find nothing but fields with good crops and the little yellow flags indicating the land was out of bounds. They were about to give up the search when a field which had less grass upon it was come across. There was no yellow flag and the men promptly took possession of it. ’ The farmer was very persistent in his demand and the situation was, to say the least, a very amusing one. The matter was resolved by some skilful negotiation and the eventual payment of one pound.
I wended my way to the Headquarters of the Battalion, situate in Stretford Road, only to discover that no more fellows were wanted for home service. I went again soon after, and this time found the place closed. This afforded every opportunity, as you may well imagine, for my ardour and zeal to cool down, but instead of this, the desire to offer myself only deepened all the more; so I went again, but was as unfortunate as ever, for it so happened that two or three other fellows were lounging about the entrance to the building, with mufflers round their throats - a sorry looking lot, and I suppose it was thought I was with them; at any rate, we were all told we were not wanted — our services were not required.
Khaki pith helmets were quickly issued to the men on arrival at the barracks. But as all the tropical clothing had been loaded on to one ship at Gibraltar, it would take some time for all the men to receive their issue. As the divisional history has it, The usual conditions of issue were experienced. 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.