6th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment in the Great War

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 17, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: history. Like the full time Manchester Regiment its recruiting area covered what is today referred to as Greater Manchester. The 6th were first posted t 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.

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.

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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 the 6th Battalion were eventually moved to the European theatre of war and was sent to France and Belgium.

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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.

The final chapter is the roll of honour and where the soldiers are either buried or remembered on a Memorial abroad. John Hartley the author tells why he became interested in the 6th Manchesters and it is all down to my local memorial and the missing name of Sergeant Tom Worthington who is mentioned in the early part of the book before he is killed in Action.


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Chris rated it it was amazing Nov 17, Jamesrathbone rated it really liked it Jun 28, Ian Smith is currently reading it Jan 26, Jared Scallions marked it as to-read Sep 17, Pen and Sword ebooks marked it as to-read Jan 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About John Harley. John Harley. The author draws on official records and personal accounts to tell the story of these fine battalions.

John Hartley is a Cheshire man who worked in and around Manchester. Now retired he lives near Cheadle, Cheshire. Throughout the book John Hartley gives an honest account of the battles [the regiment] 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.

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Enough space has been given to the background which balances nicely the need to be about the men and the unit and the battle description which can be read elsewhere. John Hartley has chosen the right formula and, unlike some of these previously unrecorded unit histories, the book stands comfortably on its own. I read it through with ease and pleasure.. An excellent account of the work of the 6th Manchester Regiments, and an enjoyable read. This is an excellent example of a battalion history.

The text is supported by a large number of photographs, some wartime and some modern, with a good selection of pictures of the various battlefields. Hartley has done a good job of linking incidents, so a nameless soldier mentioned in an extract from a letter or memoir is often identified. There is a good mix of the day-to-day details of life in the army and the wider incidents of the war. Least anyone forget the true cost of the fighting, the book finishes with a twenty-four page long roll of honour, recording the names, date of death and burial place of soldiers killed while serving with the battalion.

Historian and author John Hartley hopes the First World War storylines in Downton will inspire viewers to appreciate the real story of the Manchesters. A worthwhile history of the 6th Manchesters and their distinguished Great War service from leaving Britain in September to their return in April Using personal accounts the author has followed the history of the battalion and of the 2nd line battalion also, from its inception in to its destruction in March A superb, well written and well illustrated history of a fine unit. Superb history. A carefully researched work covering the contribution of the 6th Battalion from its inception in until March Military historians will love reading this book which is a descriptive and moving account this brave battalion, a pre-war territorial unit that fought throughout the Great War.

Author John Hartley, a former Probation Service worker who lives in Cheadle, has researched the men commemorated on war memorials in Stockport, many who served in the 6th Manchesters. He has used real life accounts as well as information gathered from careful research.

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The battalion left Britain in September and did not return until April They began in Egypt with many new recruits who would undertake their basic training whilst the Battalion formed part of the British garrison in Egypt. They moved to fight in Gallipoli and on the Western Front, which the author has told in deserved detail. John Hartley was born in North Cheshire, on the fringes of Manchester. He is now retired living in Cheadle, Cheshire with his wife.

He became interested in the Great War whilst working in Ashton-under-Lyme, the home of the Museum of Manchester Regiment and was prompted to research the 17th Battalion and since researched the men commemorated on the war memorials in Stockport, many who served in the 16th Manchesters, the subject of this book.

Sent overseas in September , it saw action at Gallipoli from May until the evacuation.

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