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

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 by way of the City's criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the most important advertisement firms buying and selling and production cotton items. It went in a foreign country in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who might adopt their simple education while the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from may perhaps 1915 until eventually the evacuation on the finish of the yr and engaging crusade is handled in significant element. The Battalion again to Egypt till the spring of 1917 while it moved to France.The Manchesters observed typical motion for many of 1918, coming lower than 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 while the Armistice used to be 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.

4 They included Pte Frank Halliday, killed in action on 4 June 1915 and William Beecroft, killed in action on 22 July 1918, whilst serving as 2nd Lieutenant with the 6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. 5 William Musgrove Ridley Sheldon was born on 25 September 1896, at 11 Turkey Lane, Manchester. He was the son of William James Sheldon, a local minister of religion, and his wife, Elizabeth. After his early service, Pte Ridley Sheldon wrote an account of his service with the Battalion. A copy is held by the Regimental Archives which gives permission for the inclusion of extracts here.

It was a time for the men to work together and to work with their comrades in the other battalions of the Manchester Brigade. This was not always easy in the rigid social structures of Edwardian Britain. On the one hand, as already indicated, a substantial number of the 6th Battalion troops were relatively affluent middle class office workers. On the other hand, the 5th Battalion had significant numbers of poorly paid miners from Wigan and its surrounding villages. It could have been problematical but Colonel Darlington, commanding the 5th Battalion, later wrote that both groups of men ‘worked particularly well in spite of social distinctions.

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