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History of the Queen OS Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Great War

History of the Queen OS Royal  West Surrey  Regiment  in the Great War Author H. C. Wylly
ISBN-10 1843425394
Release 2003-02
Pages 364
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The Queen s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) was the second oldest regiment of the line, the 2nd Foot. This volume of the regimental history is the story of the regiment in the Great War during which the original five battalions (two regular, one special reserve and two territorial) expanded to twenty-seven, five of which were raised as Labour battalions. In June 1917 these were taken over by the Labour Corps which had been formed two months earlier. Of the remaining battalions eleven went on active service, the rest did not leave the UK. This book deals with all of them, taking each battalion in turn, so there is little room for detail, especially in the case of those battalions that did not serve overseas, which are dealt with very briefly. Most space is allotted to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, nearly half the book. The regiment was awarded 74 Battle Honours, the fourth highest number awarded to a regiment, and four VCs two of which were to officers serving with other units. It is strange that one of the two who won the award while serving in one of the battalions, L/cpl W.Sayer of the 8th Battalion, doesn t rate a mention in the book. Personnel losses amounted to 8,000. There is a very good photo of the 1st Battalion on parade on mobilization, some 1,000 officers and men; next to it is a photo of the same battalion parading on 9th November 1914 at the end of First Ypres - two officers and about forty men. Battalions of the regiment served in all theatres of war: Western Front, Italy, Gallipoli, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine and India. Macedonia is also included on the war memorial thus acknowledging 95th and 96th Labour Companies which had started out life as the 14th Queen s. The narrative describing the actions of the battalions gives names of officers present for duty at various times, reports casualties and names individuals in action; but there is no roll of honour nor lists of honours and awards. There is a good index

History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Great War

History of the Queen s Royal  West Surrey  Regiment in the Great War Author Harold Carmichael Wylly
ISBN-10 1537031562
Release 2016-08-22
Pages 444
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During the First World War men from the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment served in France, Belgium, Italy, India, Gallipoli, Afghanistan, Palestine... The 1st and 2nd battalions were pre-war regulars. Among the first to fight at the famous battles at Mons and on the Marne they suffered heavily 998 men of the 1st Battalion marched to war in 1914. 32 still lived by November 1914. Only 17 came home. Bolstered by new men the 1st battalions went on to fight at Ypres on the Somme, at Passchendaele and on the Hindenburg line, whilst the 2nd also went to the Italian Theatre. However, the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment also sent entire battalions of territorials to India, releasing the regular troops stationed there to fight on the Western Front. Some of these men would fight skirmishes in Afghanistan. Throughout the war the regiment grew with territorials and Kitchener's Volunteers This regimental history is a fantastic account of not only the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment, but of the vast amount of theatres they served in. Harold Carmichael Wylly (1859-1932) was a British colonel and military historian. Colonel Wylly published a number of military-based books, including a biography of Sir Joseph Thackwell. His later works specialised in the First World War.

Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions in the Great War

Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions in the Great War Author Paul McCue
ISBN-10 9781848841949
Release 2010
Pages 284
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In 1915 Lord Kitchener extended his famous "Your Country Needs You" recruitment campaign by appealing to the Mayors of the London Metropolitan Boroughs, urging each Mayor to raise a unit of local men for active service overseas. In Southwest London, the response from two neighboring boroughs, Wandsworth and Battersea, could not have been more different. In Wandsworth, Mayor Dawnay personally took up the challenge and soon recruited, for the East Surrey Regiment, double the number of men needed for an infantry battalion. In Battersea, however, there was initially no more than lukewarm interest, partly due to the local Territorial Force unit, the 23rd London Regiment, having expanded from one to three battalions thanks to thousands of earlier volunteers. But as Wandsworth's efforts bore fruit, Battersea too pledged to raise a full infantry battalion. Mirroring the different political leanings of the two boroughs, Mayor Simmons pledged Battersea's battalion to the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.Wandsworth's 13th East Surreys and Battersea's 10th Queen's both served with honor and distinction. But they, and the communities from which they came, also suffered thousands of men wounded and killed. This sacrifice cemented links with France, Belgium and Italy that continue today. From the early tragic death of an adventurous boy of just 15, to the heroic deeds of a dustman who won the Victoria Cross, this book describes the pain and the glory of the volunteers of Wandsworth and Battersea on the Western Front.

Ypres 1914 Langemarck

Ypres 1914  Langemarck Author Nigel Cave
ISBN-10 9781781591994
Release 2014-04-30
Pages 208
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These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men – British, French, Indian and German - who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards.??When, in October 1914, the newly created German Fourth Army attacked west to seize crossings over the Yser, prior to sweeping south in an attempt to surround the BEF, two things prevented it. To the north, it was the efforts of the Belgian army, reinforced by French troops, coupled with controlled flooding of the polders but, further south, the truly heroic defence of Langemarck, for three days by the BEF and then by the French army, was of decisive importance. The village stood as a bulwark against any further advance to the river or the town of Ypres. Here the German regiments bled to death in the face of resolute Allied defence and any remaining hope of forcing a decision in the west turned to dust.

From the Somme to Victory

From the Somme to Victory Author Peter Simkins
ISBN-10 9781781593127
Release 2014-10-30
Pages 256
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Peter Simkins has established a reputation over the last forty years as one of the most original and stimulating historians of the First World War. He has made a major contribution to the debate about the performance of the British Army on the Western Front. This collection of his most perceptive and challenging essays, which concentrates on British operations in France between 1916 and 1918, shows that this reputation is richly deserved. He focuses on key aspects of the army's performance in battle, from the first day of the Somme to the Hundred Days, and gives a fascinating insight into the developing theory and practice of the army as it struggled to find a way to break through the German line. His rigorous analysis undermines some of the common assumptions - and the myths - that still cling to the history of these British battles.

The Kaiser s Battle

The Kaiser s Battle Author Martin Middlebrook
ISBN-10 9781473819429
Release 2007-02-15
Pages 430
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At 9.30am on 21 March 1918, the last great battle of the First World War commenced when three German armies struck a massive blow against the weak divisions of the British Third and Fifth Armies. It was the first day of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (‘the Kaiser’s Battle’), the series of attacks that were intended to break the deadlock on the Western Front, knock the British Army out of the war, and finally bring victory to Germany. In the event the cost of the gamble was so heavy that once the assault faltered, it remained for the Allies to push the exhausted German armies back and the War was at last over. Critics accounts: The clever blending of written and oral accounts from some 650 surviving British and German soldiers makes the book an extremely convincing reconstruction. SUNDAY TIMES Mr Middlebrook’s industry and patience are displayed in his amazing collection of eyewitness accounts, the compassion in his commentary, the good sense in his analysis’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

Croydon and the Great War

Croydon and the Great War Author Ald. H. Keatley Moore
ISBN-10 9781781510858
Release 2012-03-28
Pages 519
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The last 200 or so pages of this book are taken up with the alphabetical listing of “The Glorious Dead” (2506), the list of Naval and Military Honours (499), also with names in alphabetical order, and thirdly the names of the Returned Prisoners of War(207). In the case of the Fallen the information provided, where known, includes date, place and circumstances of death, date and place of birth, parents, school attended, regiment/corps in which serving at the time of death, where buried ; any decorations awarded are not shown here but in the Honours list. The 36 plates each contain six passport-size photos of individuals who died. The Honours list shows just name, rank, unit, award and date. The roll of Returned Prisoners of War shows name, rank and next-of-kin address at time of capture - the unit is not shown. The first part of the book is devoted to an account of Croydon’s part in the Great War. It starts with a description of the course of events in Croydon, year by year, followed by a list of members of the Croydon County Borough Council, 1914 to 1919.. The next part covers the military record, an account of the 4th Battalion (TF) of the Queen’s Regiment, ‘C’Squadron the Surrey Yeomanry and the Volunteer Battalion - all based in Croydon. Further descriptions follow, of the part played by civilian organisations and services, such as the police, the Fire Brigade, Medical and Hospital resources, various fund raising committees, Belgian refugees, food and fuel. There are plenty of photos of places and people. This is a comprehensive account of how the war affected the town.

The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes

The History of the Queen s  Royal West Surrey Regiment  in the Form of a Lantern Lecture  with Supplementary Notes Author Henry John Purkitt
ISBN-10 UOM:39015062784775
Release 1917
Pages 96
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The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The History of the Queen s Royal West Surrey Regiment in the Form of a Lantern Lecture with Supplementary Notes book for free.

The History of the Second Queen s Royal Regiment

The History of the Second Queen s Royal Regiment Author John Davis
ISBN-10 UOM:39015070524510
Release 1887
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The History of the Second Queen s Royal Regiment has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The History of the Second Queen s Royal Regiment also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The History of the Second Queen s Royal Regiment book for free.

British Regiments at Gallipoli

British Regiments at Gallipoli Author Ray Westlake
ISBN-10 9780850525113
Release 1996-06-01
Pages 286
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Following the success of British Battalions on the Somme, the author has produced a source book of the same quality on the Gallipoli Campaign. It has come about as a result of many years of enquiries from researchers and family historians.


Gallipoli Author Jenny Macleod
ISBN-10 9781135771560
Release 2004-07-01
Pages 208
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This new book traces the disparities in the memory of Gallipoli that are evident in the countries that participated in the campaign. It explores the way in which history is written at the personal, local, professional, and national levels. This study tackles key questions about just how the history of any given event comes to be written in a certain way and how very different versions of an event can compete for attention. Often one particular version holds the field drowning out its rivals. The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 serves as an excellent case study through which the process of 'making history' can be observed. Among the case studies are Martin Gilbert on Churchill, Keith Jeffery on Gallipoli and Ireland, and David Dutton on the French view of a campaign in which they were more heavily involved than the Australians. Christopher Pugsley uncovers the reality behind the myths of Anzac, and Keith Grieves writes on the local commemoration of the campaign in Sussex. Other chapters consider the writing of unit histories, the professional study of the campaign in the development of amphibious warfare, the romance of the British cultural history of Gallipoli, and the shifts that are evident in the portrayal of Anzacs in Australian cinema.

The First World War

The First World War Author Geoffrey Jukes
ISBN-10 9781782008798
Release 2013-06-20
Pages 364
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Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterised by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.

VCs of the First World War Spring Offensive 1918

VCs of the First World War  Spring Offensive 1918 Author Gerald Gliddon
ISBN-10 9780752492346
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 288
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At the end of 1917, after three years of trench warfare on the Western Front, the Allied armies of Britain and France and those of their main opponent Germany had reached a point of exhaustion and hibernation. With this in mind the Germans planned an all-out offensive, Operation "Michael," which overwhelmed the Allies and overstretched the Germans. More offensives were to follow throughout the spring, including at Aisne and Marne. It was during these bloody battles that 57 men stood out for acts of extraordinary daring and bravery. To these men the highest military honor was awarded—the Victoria Cross. This book reveals the true extent of their bravery, their backgrounds, and their lives after the war.

Bradford Pals

Bradford Pals Author David Raw
ISBN-10 9781473812635
Release 2006-06-15
Pages 319
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In the early days of the First World War two volunteer Pals Battalions were raised in Bradford and this is their remarkable story. David Raw's account is based on memoirs, letters, diaries, contemporary newspaper reports, official records and archives, and it is illustrated with many maps and previously unpublished photographs. He recaptures the heroism and stoical humour displayed by the Bradford Pals in the face of often terrible experiences, but he also recounts the tragedy, pain, suffering and grief that was the dark side of war.

Swansea Pals

Swansea Pals Author Bernard Lewis
ISBN-10 1844150569
Release 2004-01
Pages 208
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The Swansea Battalion served in France and Flanders for over three years suffering heavy losses. Its courageous story has never been told before in such detail. Setting off in December 1915 for the Western Front it was still advancing when the Armistice was signed in November 1918.

A Miners Pals Battalion at War

A Miners Pals Battalion at War Author Mike Hall
ISBN-10 9781784620332
Release 2015-06-28
Pages 512
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On the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this is a story that so far has never been told. The 18th Battalion Middlesex Regiment were not infantry men whose primary job was to go 'over the top' at the start or during battle. Nor were they deployed behind the lines away from the action with the generals and base camp workers. They had a different job – to build the infrastructure necessary to prosecute the war. These 'miners pals' played a vital role in the war. They dug and drained trenches, wired No Man’s Land, mined under enemy lines, made and repaired roads, filled in craters, constructed dug-outs, stock piled ammunition, built and improved billets, fetched and carried, kept open communications with the front, made and repaired railways, built and demolished bridges, gased the enemy, picquetted rods and held the front line. If a job needed doing, they did it – no matter where, when or how dangerous. At times they fought back the Germans with only their picks and shovels, and in High Wood, at the height of the Battle of the Somme, they were deployed to fight the enemy at bayonet point. By this, amongst other events, the 18th Battalion earned the right to use the Middlesex Regiment nickname 'die-hards'. A Miners Pals Battalion at War is written in diary form, based on the 18th Middlesex Battalion War Diary and the 33rd Division War Diary. Volume 1 covers August 1914 – June 1917, with Volume 2 continuing the entries from July 1917 to January 1919. There are many accounts of the bravery of members of the battalion, recording biographical details of each soldier, including the cemetery where they are buried or memorial where they are honoured. The book is a goldmine of information, laden with incidents from the war and facts that have been cross-checked and verified. It is a fascinating read for anyone looking for an untold aspect of WWI.

Chatham in the Great War

Chatham in the Great War Author Stephen Wynn
ISBN-10 9781473864931
Release 2017-01-31
Pages 152
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Chatham played a very important part in the nation's Great War effort. It was one of the British Royal Navy's three 'Manning Ports', with more than a third of the town's ships manned by men allocated to the Chatham Division. The war was only 6 weeks old when Chatham felt the affects of war for the first time. On 22 September 1914, three Royal Naval vessels from the Chatham Division, HMS Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue, were sunk in quick succession by a German submarine, U-9. A total of 1,459 men lost their lives that day, 1,260 of whom were from the Chatham Division. Two months later, on 26 November, the battleship HMS Bulwark exploded and sunk whilst at anchor off of Sheerness on the Kent coast. There was a loss of 736 men, many of whom were from the Chatham area. On 18 August 1914, Private 6737 Walter Henry Smith, who was nineteen and serving with the 6th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, became the first person to be killed during wartime Chatham. He was on sentry duty with a colleague, who accidentally dropped his loaded rifle, discharging a bullet that struck Private Smith and killed him. It wasn't all doom and gloom, however. Winston Churchill, as the First Lord of the Admiralty, visited Chatham early on in the war, on 30 August 1914. On 18 September 1915, two German prisoners of war, Lieutenant Otto Thelen and Lieutenant Hans Keilback, escaped from Donnington Hall in Leicestershire. At first, it was believed they had escaped the country and were on their way back to Germany, but they were re-captured in Chatham four days later. By the end of the war, Chatham and the men who were stationed there had truly played their part in ensuring a historic Allied victory.