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6th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment in the Great War Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848843283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843288
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 book is to a great extent based on accounts by veterans and also on the regimental diary. It gives great insight in to the life of the soldiers both in training and combat. It is very clear and is excellent if you are researching family history of an individual. Many soldiers are mentioned by name but at the very least it gives an idea of daily life in the regiment for your ancestor. There is a Roll of Honour included with the names of those killed in action. Sources are clearly referenced which is useful. Good to read in conjunction with Alan Moorehead's 'Gallipoli'to have a grasp of the overall strategy.
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This book is not an historic novel written for entertainment or to to go into raptures about, it is a factual statement of events in which the 6th Btn. took part and a book one might buy for research rather than a good read.. My father served with the 6th Btn Manchester Regt. in WW1 and I lost two uncles in the conflict, so my approach was very sober and purely to confirm the facts which are ther in abundance.
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6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment

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.
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