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By John Harley
The sixth Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, was once a prewar Territorial unit. lots of its individuals held "white collar" positions hired by means of the City's felony, monetary and stockbroking practices or labored for the key advertisement companies 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 uncomplicated education when the Battalion shaped a part of the British garrison in Egypt.It observed motion at Gallipoli from might 1915 till the evacuation on the finish of the yr and engaging crusade is handled in substantial element. The Battalion again to Egypt until eventually the spring of 1917 whilst it moved to France.The Manchesters observed general 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 increase to Victory and was once nonetheless advancing whilst the Armistice was once signed in November.The e-book additionally recounts the background of the second...
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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. The Lord Mayor believed that many other employers had already agreed and that others would follow suit. Within the week, over seventy percent of the full strength of the whole East Lancashire Division had volunteered for overseas service - some 14,000 from the total establishment of 19,863. But, of course, in the fervour of patriotism, there were concerns about the men whose situation had prevented them from volunteering.
Others lived in the Hulme area, close to the battalion headquarters. They had ‘good jobs’ with many working as bank clerks, or were employed in one of the many accountancy, stockbroking or legal firms which had offices around the city’s King Street, Spring Gardens and St Anne’s Square areas. Others worked in the offices of cotton merchants and traders in the buildings around Princess Street. Cottonopolis, as the area was popularly known, was where much of the city’s wealth continued to be generated.
The next day, a great convoy was seen steaming from the opposite direction. It was the transport for the Lahore Division bringing troops from India to Marseilles with, amongst the Sikh, Punjabi and Gurkha battalions, the 6th Battalion’s regular army comrades from the 1st Manchesters. The convoys came to a halt and greetings were exchanged. The convoy escorts exchanged duties, with Minerva returning to Marseilles and the East Lancashires being escorted on by HMS Weymouth, a modern cruiser built in 1911.
6th Battalion. The Manchester Regiment in the Great War by John Harley