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 via the City's criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the most important advertisement businesses buying and selling and production cotton items. It went abroad 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 12 months and engaging crusade is handled in enormous element. The Battalion back to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 while it moved to France.The Manchesters observed ordinary motion for many of 1918, coming less than assault within the German offensive in March. in the course of the summer time and autumn, the Battalion took half within the enhance 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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Took their word it was the latter. ’ Bathing parade. Manchester Regiment Archives Ras-el-Tin Barracks. Manchester Regiment Archives One of Sinclair’s company comrades, Tom Gresham, was having a better time of it. ’ Born on 25 October 1895, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and, in 1912, secured an engineering apprenticeship joining the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company at its locomotive works at Horwich, near Bolton. Private Gresham had joined the battalion around the same time and was a member of the original E Company.
Cider’ had been educated at Stockport Commercial School but his employment is not known. Aged 25, he was a regular member of the lacrosse first team and had represented Cheshire, the North of England and, on one occasion, had played for England against Canada. Writing home, he told of the trip south ‘After being on the train 14 hours, we arrived at Southampton and went aboard the SS Corsican. 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.
Not only did it mean he escaped the daily routines of parades and drill, but he also got the opportunity to see Malta as the prisoners were soon to be escorted there to go into prisoner of war camps on the island. It was a three day voyage and he was only able to spend a few hours on the island before the return trip. Training exercises now started to take on a much more warlike aspect. On the 19th, and on several subsequent days, the battalion marched about five miles to manoeuvring grounds near to Victoria College (later the Army’s 17th General Hospital).
6th Battalion. The Manchester Regiment in the Great War by John Harley