By John Harley
The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, used to be a prewar Territorial unit. a lot of its participants held "white collar" positions hired by means of the City's criminal, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the main advertisement firms buying and selling and production cotton items. It went abroad in September 1914, taking with it many new recruits who may adopt their simple education when the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from may perhaps 1915 till the evacuation on the finish of the 12 months and engaging crusade is handled in huge element. The Battalion again 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. during the summer time and autumn, the Battalion took half within the improve to Victory and used to be nonetheless advancing while the Armistice was once signed in November.The e-book additionally recounts the background of the second...
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Although men were volunteering to go overseas in large numbers, the Evening Chronicle reported that there was concern amongst the men for their future once the war had ended. The Lord Mayor had met with a deputation from the regiment, headed by Noel Lee, a previous commander of the 6th Battalion and now commanding the Manchester Brigade. He was accompanied by Colonel G. G. P. Heywood, of the 6th Battalion and the commanders of the 7th and 8th Battalions. ’ It is no surprise that Tootal Broadhurst led in this matter as Noel Lee was a director of the company.
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. The 6th called us “the flashy fifth” and they were known as the “collars and cuffs”.
But we must make ourselves efficient in these two months that our services may be of use whenever they may be required. If the King calls, those services will be readily given and we shall give an account of ourselves which will bring honour to our city. The Rochdale Observer reported their arrival at the new camp on the 20th under the headline ‘Camping by the Lake. Manchester Territorials at Hollingworth. How Rochdale welcomed them’. Battalion signallers, August 1914. The Manchester Territorials made an early start.
6th Battalion. The Manchester Regiment in the Great War by John Harley