6th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment in the Great War Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Nov 2010
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About the Author
John Hartley is a Cheshire man who worked in and around Manchester. Now retired he lives near Cheadle, Cheshire.
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The 6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment was a territorial battalion before the First World War and had a wide range of members many of whom were in what were considered white collar jobs. Like the full time Manchester Regiment its recruiting area covered what is today referred to as Greater Manchester. The competition for recruits coming from the Cheshire Regiment in Stockport and the Lancashire Fusiliers in Bury and Ashton.
The 6th were first posted to Egypt and based inparticular in Alexandria where they would complete drill after drill and then drilled them some more. This book also explains what life was like for all members of the 6th Battalion in the hot climate the constant war games and drills as well as practice. All this practise would help them when they were sent to take part in the Gallipoli.
Captain Harold Cawley who also happened to be the Member of Parliament Heywood sent a Parliamentary letter to his father MP for Prestwich which revealed it reported the mishandling of the Dardanelles campaign which helped to remove the architect of the campaign the bungling failure of an ex soldier Winston Churchill.
In 1917 the 6th Battalion were eventually moved to the European theatre of war and was sent to France and Belgium. Throughout the book John Hartley gives an honest account of the battles they faced and the deaths of not only the officers but the men. This really is their story as we see the war through their eyes, from letters and diaries.
At the end of each chapter where the Battalion has taken part in a battle it lists those who were killed with a little about the soldier and where he was from.Read more ›
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Excellent book for anyone who has family who served in the Regiment and wants to gain an insight into what life was like.Published 19 months ago by David Gatehouse
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