2/Lt. Shortly after, on July 7th, 2/Lt. The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website. They began training on the tactics of trench warfare, trench digging, route marches were also order of the day. On Wednesday Sept 2, 1914 the Battalion was visited by Brigadier-General D. G. PRENDERGAST commanding the East Lancashire Infantry Brigade. SAMUEL LITTLEFORD, DCM The Battalion moved into the line again on November 12th and remained there until November 26th. Feb 1918 Absorbed the 2/9th Battalion and became the 9th Battalion transferred to the 198th Brigade of the 66th Division. This ruled out the Regiment's claim although all the Manchester units had fought hard in this rearguard action to make the Dunkirk evacuation possible. 2231 Pte. Private, 2nd/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. 1st/9th Manchester Regiment Chamberlain conscripted the army for the first time in history. And several hundred yards, whatever it might mean to the enemy, was a matter of life or death to a force crowded together under gun fire on so narrow a tongue of land. They endured long marches into the desert in full marching order. During his absence the 1/9th went through half-a-dozen temporary C.O.s. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Aberdare. He was 23 years old, and a private in C Company, the 1/10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, British Army, manning a position at Red Dragon Crater near Givenchy, France, was awarded the VC WW1 21-Mar-1918 near ST QUENTIN FRANCE On the 10th August, 1914 Lord Kitchener announced that the Territorial Force could volunteer to serve overseas and just 2 days later the Ashton Battalion accepted the invitation for Foreign Service, (with 858 men volounteering for overseas service) and became one of the four infantry battalions of the 126th (East Lancashire) Brigade. The allied attack was repulsed by the Turks who already massed in the trenches for their own attack. The 1/9th received 5 Officers and 222 men. Nevertheless, 3 Officers (Capt. GEORGE WILLIAM HANDFORTH reported sick. Note: The list of Casualties provided here (and in the tables below for each month) is the list of men appearing in the London Times daily casualty lists published throughout the following month. Several of these daily encounters would have been the subject of a separate despatch in the campaigns of my youth and middle age, but, with due regard to proportion, they cannot even be so much as mentioned here. Down to his underwear, Dad had the presence of mind, to hang onto his paybook which he shoved next to the family jewels thereby ensuring that, if he survived, he had an undisputable record of what was owing to him. Different parts of the collection cover units serving in different theatres: 1. Consequently, the 1/9th had to relinquish the trenches they had just captured at dawn. along with rail passes and orders to return immediately to the Manchester's barracks in Ashton Under Lyne. ALFRED GRAY and 26 men of B company dutifully went over the top and occupied the depression. On December 17th Brigade Operational Order 28 was issued outlining a plan to explode a mine in front of the Turkish trenches with the objective of creating a crater. He was subsequently invalided to the UK leaving Alexandria on January 17, 1916 sailing on the Hospital Ship GLENGORN CASTLE. KERSHAW to be Captain. FRANK WOODHOUSE went to hospital sick. Dad said that he and some of his other Manchesters made it back to Plymouth on board a Royal Navy cruiser or destroyer and even that wasn't in great shape apparently, so they were rather relieved to get there. For conspicuous gallantry on the 8th August, 1915, at Gallipoli, when he rallied his party, which had been driven back by bombs in the Barricade of the Vineyard, and by his bravery and example was largely instrumental in saving a precarious position. According to my mother, who I spoke to later that night, some of Dad's section had lobbied hard for him to receive a gallantry medal but as there were no officers present to back up their accounts, this apparently, was not possible. Pte. However, the number of deaths due to sickness and disease started to rise. [Gazetted Feb 1, 1916]. He was himself wounded in the arm by the explosion. The 1st and 2nd, were regular army battalions and another another two, the 6th and 7th, were Territorial Army battalions. It was berthed quite far out in the sea approaches to the Loire estuary a distance of some miles from the St Nazaire harbour and they were ferried out in small boats. One of the first they picked up was the Lancastria's Captain, Rudolph Sharp. A & C companies attached to the 1/5th East Lancs under Capt. HAROLD HARRISON KNIGHT The net result of the three days’ fighting had been a gain of 600 yards on the right of the British line and 400 yards on the left and centre. of trench G12. On 19th June I went for a medical - six doctors examining you stripped naked, then you passed – A1. - 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment during the Second World War -. Add a Name to this List The single exception was the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion. Captain R.B. The Nominal Roll of men of the 1/9th Manchesters landing on that day included at least the following 860 men shown below. ALBERT EDWARD STRINGER led the charge against one trench, and Capt. On July 2,  four new Officers arrived and were assigned to the 1/9th; Lt. ARTHUR CLAUDE VYVYAN-ROBINSON, (10th South Lancs Regiment), Lt. SAMUEL PORTER, Lt. JAMES P. KNOWLES and 2/Lt. (1) To break out with a rush from Anzac and cut off the bulk of the Turkish Army from land communication with Constantinople. On May 24, Lieutenant-General Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston was promoted to acting lieutenant-general and placed in command of VIII Corps (29th Division, the Royal Naval Division, 42nd Division and the 49th Indian Infantry Brigade). My schemes for hoodwinking the Turks fell under two heads: First, strategical diversions, meant to draw away enemy reserves not yet committed to the peninsula. The 9th Battalion, as part of the 126th East Lancashire Brigade, were now in reserve positions behind the (127th) Manchester Brigade and the (125th) Lancashire Fusilier Brigade. 1st/8th (Ardwick) Battalion, Manchester Regiment. what little had been taken had been relinquished. 341 Sgt. The transport section which included horses, mules, one cart and two machine-gun carriages, along with the recently promoted Major RICHARD BOTTOMLEY NOWELL, Lt. JOHN BROADBENT* and 26 other ranks of the 1/9th embarked on HMT COMMODORE. [Gazetted June 21, 1916], 1083 Pte. See my posts on the 11th (1st South Down) Battalion, 12th (2nd South Down) Battalion and 13th (3rd South Down) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Four additional men were extracted suffering from shock. RAIDS AND RESISTANCE 2/Lt. And the 33 Officers landing that day, with the rank and seniority they held on landing, included: On May 11th, the 42nd Division received orders to take over the front line. Approximately two dozen men were discharged from service, (primarily due to not being physically fit enough to serve in combat), during the 3 months leading up to the Battalion’s embarkation for Gallipoli. He displayed the greatest gallantry and endurance under the most trying circumstances in repelling many severe attacks, and when the barricade was at last broken through he was the foremost in the successful counter-attack, led by Lt. FORSHAW, which regained it, and finally retained it. please 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.). The Manchester Brigade of the 42nd Division advanced magnificently. For the non-swimmers Dad described the rudiments of staying afloat in the water, treading water and the basic breast stroke. From Pont Remy the 42nd Division was moved to an area ten miles east of Amiens, there the 9th Battalion was issued with rifles and steel helmets. NOWELL to be Major. Permanent [Disability].”. Listed is a WW1 medal pair (full WW1 entitlement) awarded to 58063 Private Joseph Teale, 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. You can contact me via e-mail at webmaster.grandadswar.org at gmail dot com. SAMUEL BAYLEY, DCM Manchester Regiment. The Manchester Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1958. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has 778 recorded WW1 deaths for the 8th (Ardwick) Battalion, Manchester Regiment. GEORGE HAROLD OKELL and Lieut. 7th Loyals – 92nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. No history of previous illness of a similar nature. Unfortunately, the mine that was exploded (600lbs at a depth of 40 ft) failed to produce a crater, the force of the explosion creating a ridge of earth only about 1 ft high. They spent the next six months moving up and down the Suez Canal on guard or outpost duty, at one point stationed in the desert at Kabrit where work was carried out preparing the defensive positions. Pvt. OLIVER JEPSON SUTTON, MC [Gazetted June 21, 1916], 1623 Sgt. After 1.30 p.m. it became increasingly difficult for this gallant Brigade to hold its ground. Some days and nights of marching then ensued. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. Men of the Brigade would go out the the crater and secure it by building barricades. WILLIAM GILBERT GREENWOOD. he led his men forward and recaptured it. FRANCE 1917 JOHN (JACK) MAYALL WADE against the other trench. GEORGE FREDERICK BARKER, (who arrived with 2/Lt. Like this page to receive our updates. 9th Loyals – 148th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. ARTHUR WILLIAM FIELD CONNERY was badly wounded in the mouth by shrapnel and went to hospital. The Battalion left the line on June 22nd but the next day the bivouac was heavily shelled requiring the 1/9th to move a further 600 yards back to their old bivouac but not before 9 men had been wounded. According to the 126th Brigade War Diary, the 1/9th arrived, by train, at Kantarra from Cairo with 32 Officers and 912 men on April 16, 1915. where from a distance he could see that the bridge was being prepared for demolition by what appeared to be British troops. Both sides had drawn heavily upon their stock of energy and munitions, but it seemed clear that whichever could first summon up spirit to make another push must secure at least several hundreds of yards of the debatable ground between the two fronts. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. This is a list of battalions of the King's Regiment (Liverpool), which existed as a regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1958. Lieut. Additionally, 1904 Pte. With the Turkish trenches untouched, they were mercilessly shot at from the front and the right. Over the next few hours large numbers of troops, RAF and even British civilians were ferried out to the ship which stayed fixed in the same anchorage point. The platoon was dug in either side of a road and there were other British units on their flanks. Also on that day, Lt. Col. ARTHUR FREDERICK EGERTON, DSO (9th Royal Scots) took over command of the Battalion. Armitage dying at home from sickness contracted overseas. The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. Once the date was decided a certain amount of ingenuity had to be called into play so as to divert the attention of the enemy from my main strategical conception. In the second half of September 104 men of the 1/9th went onto the sick list. HARRY GRANTHAM, DCM Somehow, and I can't really remember how, the conversation got onto Dunkirk and, as he was in a mellow mood, I began to ask him questions about his experiences in 1940 and how he had ended up on the Lancastria. There was a large explosion that completely rocked the ship which very quickly began to list to one side. They ended the war in Soire le Chateau near Avesnes. Lieut. Sadly, in February and March the Battalion lost two of its senior Officers. By 1.30 p.m. the whole of the captured trenches in this section had been lost again, and the Brigade was back in its original position, the ”Collingwood” Battalion, which had gone forward in support, having been practically destroyed. Despite the terrible conditions the Turks were relatively quiet until the 23rd when heavy shelling and a large number (40-50) stick grenades were fired at the trenches. Two weeks later, on July 27, Lt. JAMES KNOWLES and 14 men were wounded. Part of the 8th (Jullundur) Brigade in 3rd (Lahore) Division. He resigned his commission with the 1/9th in 1912 but rejoined in 1914 at the outbreak of war. Pte. To my amazement he told me this whole bizarre and fascinating story. They repeated their reconnaissance the following night to verify their observations. The Regiment went on to serve during the Third Burmese War (1885), Second Boer War (1899-1902), and two World Wars. Pembo had survived the sinking as well and, via the magic of the internet, I stumbled upon his written reminiscence (penned in 1947) a few weeks ago see: www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_lancastria.htm. Although we had been forced to abandon so much of the ground gained in the first rush, the net result of the day’s operations was considerable- namely, an advance of 200 to 400 yards along the whole of our centre, a front of nearly 3 miles. PARKER and W.H. 2/7th Battalion Formed at Manchester in August 1914 as a second line unit. 2/Lt. The Manchester Regiment was a regiment of the British Army, formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 63rd Regiment of Foot and the 96th Regiment of Foot into the 1st and 2nd Battalions; the Militia became the 3rd (Reserve) and 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalions; these reserves later became the 9th Battalion. In the afternoon the first German raid came in which resulted in a ship nearby being hit. And as part of their duties, from time to time, the 9th Battalion found themselves guarding the Suez Canal. After dark on 7th June 100 men of C company of the 9th Battalion, along with two Companies of the Chatham Battalion of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Division engaged in a frontal assault of the Turkish front line trenches. This was the first that Granny had heard about this as, when Dad had returned home for a couple of days en route to Ashton, he had skated over the sinking of the Lancastria as he didn't wish to alarm his parents. The Manchesters stuck to their plan however and stripped off their uniforms and jettisoned their rifles and bolts. The 1/9th went into the line on May 21st and remained in their until the 26th. Original discharge paper belonging to Pte. A few days later on Sept 20 Capt. For conspicuous gallantry and ability south of Krithia, Gallipoli Peninsula, on 10th and 11th July 1915, when making a reconnaissance of the enemy’s new trenches under very dangerous circumstances. On board the Manchesters stuck together. Beloved by officers and men, he died doing his duty as an Englishman. COOKE and the 2 platoons under them. As they made their way in the dark they lost their way, going too far East, and were fired on by the Royal Naval Division. October saw the number of men reporting sick spike to 143 even as the number of killed and wounded dropped to the lowest levels of the campaign. Back home, recruiting continued at a healthy rate with more than 475 new recruits volounteering in October and November alone. The regiment was created during the 1881 Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot and the 96th Regiment of Foot as the 1st and 2nd battalions; the 6th Royal Lancashire Militia became the 3rd (Reserve) and 4th (Extra Reserve) battalions and the Volunteer battalions became the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th battalions. 5 joined on 1st April 1908 COOKE was subsequently awarded the Military Cross. Note: The primary difference between Killed in Action (KIA) and Died of Wounds (DoW) is that men designated as Died of Wounds were deaths recorded in the  medical evacuation chain rather than on the battlefield. EDWARD BALMFOD and 16 men arrived from England, the first reinforcements to do so. 1659 Pte. In the end, Dad, the other Lance corporal and three or four of the men opted to go south westwards, the others went North and he thought that they were probably captured and became POWs. 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