By John Harley
The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, used to be 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 main advertisement agencies buying and selling and production cotton items. It went out of the country in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who may adopt their easy 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 12 months and engaging crusade is handled in enormous aspect. The Battalion lower back to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 while it moved to France.The Manchesters observed common motion for many of 1918, coming below assault within the German offensive in March. through the summer time and autumn, the Battalion took half within the develop to Victory and was once nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice was once signed in November.The booklet additionally recounts the background of the second...
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A and B Companies occupied the buildings and C and D were in the tents. Manchester Regiment Archives Private David ‘Dadie’ Sinclair1, B Company, spent his first night in Egypt looking after 150 horses. They were tethered on a quay some four miles from SS Corsican and Sinclair was one of fifty men detailed to provide a guard. Very hot marching, perspiration running down in streams. We were in full marching order, which includes greatcoats, belt with pouches, mess tin, bayonet, entrenching tool, water bottle and rifle, with 100 rounds of ammunition.
However, the fortnight had not been without its grumbles. Soldiers, even part-time ones, would not be soldiers without grumbles. There were a number of complaints that, this year, new orders meant the men were required to undertake the route marches carrying their greatcoats and entrenching tools. A number said they were considering resigning from the Territorial Force in protest. Two weeks passed before news of the assassination in Sarajevo of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand and his wife was reported in the British press.
On Sunday afternoon the lake side presented a scene of the utmost animation; there was a continuous stream of people proceeding in the direction of the camp from all sides. Manchester and district visitors were very numerous and in the afternoon was heard expression of keen disappointment that the camp lines were closed to the public and the men kept within bounds. But the public must realise that there is a vast difference between the ordinary yearly training encampment and procedure in time of war.
6th Battalion. The Manchester Regiment in the Great War by John Harley