1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment 1915-1919, by Robert Bonner

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1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment 1915-1919, by Robert Bonner
1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment 1915-1919, by Robert Bonner

Published by Fleur De Lys, 31 pages. Large A4 size booklet (N5728)

From the preface: Regrettably very little has been written about the Garrison Battalions of WWI in post-war regimental histories. Battalions were disbanded within days of returning from service overseas and their four or five year existence was apparently regarded as of little consequence in regimental history. No official records have been kept of the activities of this particular battalion but fortunately the author has had access to other sources of information.

A rough diary was kept by Richard Hough, a native of Oldham and a pre-war soldier, who had been one of the originals to join the 24th Manchesters (The Oldham Pals) on its formation in November 1914 and had been the Platoon Sergeant of 5 Platoon, B Company. In his diary he describes the journey to India of this unit of middle-aged and medically downgraded men. There were also two prolific letter-writers in the ranks of the battalion and both Harry Allan and James Waterworth took a great deal of interest in their new lives; both wrote detailed letters home to their families. Fortuitously the diary and letters have been kept by their descendants and provide much of the detail on which this history is based...

 
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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