Arthur Slater was buried alive and only survived because he was dug out by his comrades. RAIDS AND RESISTANCE Eventually, with a full complement of rescued men and with a growing slick of fuel oil marking the demise of HMT Lancastria, they made it back to the safety of the harbour. Pte. The Officers arriving this day were: October brought only three fatalities at Gallipoli, Pvt. FREDERICK WILLIAM KERSHAW, Lt. L. G. NASH, RAMC (attached) and 2/Lt. In the mid-1980s he had retired from his job as Superintending Civil Engineer for all NATO airbase construction and maintenance projects in Britain and Western Europe and was living in Framlingham in Suffolk. WILLIAM SHEEKEY 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. On April 26th the Battalion suffered 2 fatalities and several wounded during a training exercise when a bomb exploded accidentally. Mesopotamia, Iraq and North Persia: WO 95/4965-5288 3. However the honour was only awarded to those who actually fought as formed units at Dunkirk. [Gazetted June 21, 1916], 1083 Pte. Pvt. The attack, timed for 3 p.m., was twice postponed at the request of General Gouraud, who finally reported that he would be unable to advance again that day with any prospect of success. The 1/9th went into the trenches on Aug 7, remaining there until Aug 13, and were divided into two separate groups. Also on that day, Lt. Col. ARTHUR FREDERICK EGERTON, DSO (9th Royal Scots) took over command of the Battalion. On Sept 27 Major RODERICK LIVINGSTONE LEES was awarded the DSO and on Sept 30 he relinquished command of the 1/9th and Major WILLIAM JAMES ANDERSON (of the 33rd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) assumed command. HAROLD SUGDEN lead the attack and was mortally wounded. ... Manchester Regiment during WW2 On the 26 April the 7th Manchesters saw its last fighting in Bremen, when the city was captured. HARRY YORSTON DIXON was killed by shrapnel during an advance by 52nd Division and 2/Lt. 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. Library contains an ever growing number diary entries, personal letters and other documents, transcribed into plain text. ARTHUR JAMES SOUTHCOTT reported sick on December 5th, returning to the Battalion (from 17th Stationary Hospital) on the 10th. They then counter-attacked causing trenches H.10 and H.11 to be entirely lost along with one machine gun and one trench mortar. LUCKETT. STRINGER succeeded in reaching the trench but was subsequently killed by the enfilading fire from a machine gun. On the 21st November the Peninsula was visited by a storm said to be nearly unprecedented for the time of the year. On June 22, 2/Lt. SUTTON was subsequently awarded the Military Cross. The 1/9th were relieved from the trenches on October 1st and moved to Divisional Reserve at GEOGHEGAN’S BLUFF. On July 5th 2/Lt. ARTHUR WILLIAM FIELD CONNERY was badly wounded in the mouth by shrapnel and went to hospital. The 9th battalion left the front line at the end of September and took over the coastal defence at the Nieuport front, under constant shellfire and aerial attack. One of the first they picked up was the Lancastria's Captain, Rudolph Sharp. ALLAN HARRISON HUDSON was reported missing (later reported to have been killed). Although the 9th battalion succeeded in taking the Turkish trench, the Royal Naval Division failed to achieve their objective. 2/Lt. of trench G12. During his absence the 1/9th went through half-a-dozen temporary C.O.s. The Brigade proposed an attack, supported by artillery, along a line from the S.E. Want to know what life was like during the War? 2231 Pte. EDWARD BALMFOD and 16 men arrived from England, the first reinforcements to do so. The Officers arriving that day were: Lt. PERCY AINSWORTH 1, 2, 3 etc.) 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. He had then ended up in 1944 as a Captain in REME commanding a beach recovery workshop unit on Sword Beach after landing his hundred men from a RHINO on D-Day plus 3. The 1st and 2nd, were regular army battalions and another another two, the 6th and 7th, were Territorial Army battalions. Much of the original text for 1918 was taken from the www.themanchesters.org and is their copyright. HARRY GRANTHAM, DCM At least 20 men were killed and many more wounded. If you are enjoying the site, please consider making a donation, however small 2/Lt. - 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment during the Second World War -. 1792 L/Cpl. Dad repeated his advice re the technique for treading water and swimming to the non-swimmers and then lowered himself down the side of the ship so that he was waiting for them in the sea as they in turn clambered down. If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page. The battalion moved to Gorre on the 24th January where trench warfare continued with raids from both sides. He walked gingerly towards a well-armed group of soldiers who had appeared from the sides of the bridge and was about 30 yards from them when an astonished cry went up in broad Sheffield "bloody heck it's our Jack!" High flying aircraft were spotted at various times although what they were and belonging to which side was difficult to tell. 2/Lt. France and Flanders: WO 95/1-3154, WO 95/3911-4193 and WO 95/5500 2. Men were cramming into overloaded life boats some of which were stuck at crazy angles and swung precariously as sailors struggled to lower them and others were jumping overboard seemingly oblivious to the wreckage and the swimmers already in the water. Our The complete list of Officers and Men of the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment as listed by the The Cheshire Reporter August 15th 1914 is here. 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). Men of the Brigade would go out the the crater and secure it by building barricades. On July 14, the recently arrived, 2/Lt. The regiment amalgamated with the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) in 1958, to form the King’s Regiment (Manchester … 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. 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Transferred to :- Sent into hospital in Cairo on account of general dropsy and discovered to be suffering from Nephritis. Later that month the Battalion’s second death occurred when 15 year old Private Frederick Finucane (1845) died of dysentery on the 27th and was buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. On 19th June I went for a medical - six doctors examining you stripped naked, then you passed – A1. Fred Dickinson, (3765), serves as an example. Lieutenant-General Birdwood proceeded on receipt of his orders with the skill and promptitude which is characteristic of all that he undertakes, and after consultation with Rear-Admiral Wemyss, it was decided, provided the weather was propitious, to complete the evacuation on the night of the 19th-20th December. [War Diary Aug 26th], 2/Lt. photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. Disease, sickness and heavy rain that turned to snow blizzards and frost in November of 1915 created new hardships and claimed yet more casualties. The previous day they suffered their first casualty when Private John Bridge (1705) died of pneumonia and was buried at sea, commemorated at the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria. No known grave. Original discharge paper belonging to Pte. 7th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (TA) As per the newly formed 6th Battalion . The Battalion remained in the trenches until October 29th. 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. The Battalion War Diary notes that the Brigadier-General of the 126th Brigade personally congratulated the commanding officer of the 1/9th Manchesters on the gallant behavior of Lt. FORSHAW, 2/Lt. The Manchesters stuck to their plan however and stripped off their uniforms and jettisoned their rifles and bolts. corner of the Vineyard to the Western Nullah. as opposed to ordinal numbers (i.e. The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Manchester Regiment were formed out of the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot and the 96th Regiment of Foot respectively. And at least three more men were discharged after returning home from Egypt in the following months without ever serving in Gallipoli. On Palm Sunday, 28th March 1915, General Sir Ian Hamilton, (the newly appointed commander of the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force), reviewed the Division in Cairo. 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. Feb 1918 Absorbed the 2/9th Battalion and became the 9th Battalion transferred to the 198th Brigade of the 66th Division. However, shortly afterwards, after a spell as a Corporal and a Depot Training Instructor, Dad was put forward by the regiment for the Officer Cadet Training Unit from where he graduated Lieutenant. For example, to search for the 9th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment search with “9 Manchester” An attack was planned to retake trench H.11 which had been partially re-taken by the Turks. DOCTOR HERBERT WADE, commanding officer of the 1/9th, was shot by a sniper while stepping over some sleeping men. Permanent [Disability].”. The Wartime Memories Project has been running for 21 years. 2826 Pte. In a raid on the 11th February, 1918 the battalion went over the top in a successful action in the sector opposite Festubert, with artillery stopping any German escape or reinforcements. He shouted back "British soldiers" and received the reply "advance British soldiers!". IRVINE DEARNLEY was killed this day. While its personal were transferred to the Regular Army 1st Battalion on 12 July 1919 disembodied on 29 July, it was not formally disbanded until April 1953. They had a couple of machine guns (they were a machine gun battalion) and a Swedish-made Bofors gun for anti-tank defence. www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_lancastria.htm. 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. They were on foot so it was obvious that any decision would have to be made very quickly. Here they were mostly engaged in fatigues supporting the extensive mining and digging work going on in the trenches. The following day, on May 25, Lieut. LAIRD KIRWAN and 2/Lt. They later moved to Bivouac at GULLY BEACH. This figure includes the records for the 1st/8th, 2nd/8th & 3rd/8th Battalions. In December 54 men reported sick. He was replaced the next day by Major RODERICK LIVINGSTONE LEES of the 1/6 Lancs Fusiliers. 2/Lt. Captain R.B. Pte. At least 192 men of the 1/9th Battalion died from the fighting, sickness or disease they encountered at Gallipoli in 1915. The War Diary for the 1/9th Battalion notes that both Sgt. The Battalion War Diary on December 18 reports that three Congratulatory Cards from the Major-General Commanding the Division were received for: [Gazetted March 11, 1916], 1347 Pte. He said how impressed he was with the organization and calm efficiency that greeted them. He resigned his commission with the 1/9th in 1912 but rejoined in 1914 at the outbreak of war. Now that the 8th Army Corps front line had been painstakingly moved closer to the Turkish front lines, orders were issued to attack them on June 4th, the attack to be preceded by heavy artillery fire. The Manchester Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1958. Pvt. 5 joined on 1st April 1908 In 1958 after 273 years of continuous existence, the Regiment was amalgamated with the Manchester Regiment, and became The King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool). Some 260 officers and men of the 9th joined with the 2/9th while 210 others joined the 1/5th and the 1/6th. When he was about 75 yards from the bridge, a call rang out of "who goes there?" Four additional men were extracted suffering from shock. To my amazement he told me this whole bizarre and fascinating story. Divisional orders for the 126th Brigade were to advance the line by digging new trenches under cover of darkness. July was a month of consolidation for the 42nd Division. Died 9th October 1916 aged 25. This action was to become known as the Third Battle of Krithia. A. DAVIS, DCM Dad said that it took several minutes to work their way up to the deck. All three men were subsequently mentioned in despatches, as reported in the London Gazette of November 5, 1915. Aberdare. He received a small, and decreasing, military pension over the next nine months following his discharge. 341 Sgt. [Gazetted June 21, 1916], 1623 Sgt. 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. [Gazetted Sept 9, 1915], 180 Cpl. If you have any unwanted The 1/9th were in the trenches from July 2 to July 18, then going to bivouac at divisional reserve. 9th Loyals – 148th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. 728 L/Cpl. The last man however couldn't manage to swim but he kept calm and, with just him to worry about, Dad managed (swimming on his back) to drag him a decent distance from the ship. 2/Lt. These records are the unit war diaries of the British Army in the First World War and are held by The National Archives in record series WO 95. 4th Loyals – 62nd Searchlight Regiment. The 1/10th having failed to advance their line under cover of darkness were forced to try again during the day. Col. D. H. WADE, the Commanding Officer of the 9th Battalion.
FRANCE 1917 For the non-swimmers Dad described the rudiments of staying afloat in the water, treading water and the basic breast stroke. WOOD was awarded the Military Cross in November 1915 for his actions that day. along with rail passes and orders to return immediately to the Manchester's barracks in Ashton Under Lyne. During the night’s digging 1358 L/Cpl. 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. Manchester Regiment during WW2 On the 26 April the 7th Manchesters saw its last fighting in Bremen, when the city was captured. [Gazetted Feb 1, 1916]. By 6.30 p.m., therefore, the 42nd Division had to be extricated with loss from the second line Turkish trenches, and had to content themselves with consolidating on the first line which they had captured within five minutes of commencing the attack. As the number of men reporting sick increased, the 126th Brigade began to record the numbers of sick per Battalion, starting on September 14th. The Battalion returned to Suez in early April where they were once again placed on guard duty of the Suez Canal. Si… On the stroke of noon the artillery increased their range and along the whole line the infantry fixed bayonets and advanced. The following is taken from Sir Charles Monro’s Gallipoli Despatch, who was sent to replace the sacked Sir Ian Hamilton as Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. JOSEPH S. SWINDELLS. Additionally, 1904 Pte. Bury was the divisional headquarters of the East Lancashire Infantry Brigade, which included, the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, the 4th East Lancashires, (from Blackburn, Darwen and Clitheroe), the 5th East Lancashires, (from Burnley, Accrington, Haslingden, Baccup, Padiham and Ramsbottom), and the 10th Manchesters (from Oldham), three sections Signal Company, Headquarters Company of Engineers, Lancashire Brigade Company A.S.C., Transport and Supply, and the 2nd Field Ambulance. 2231 Pte. 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. 2/Lt. J. E. TAYLOR, 1155 Pte. 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment; 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment; 7th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment; 61st Recce Regiment; 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (Machine Gun) Royal Artillery 74th Field Regiment; 90th Field Regiment; 124th Field Regiment HARRY GRANTHAM made a reconnaissance at night, using string to measure their distance from their trench, and discovered that the Turks were digging to the S.E. 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. They ended the war in Soire le Chateau near Avesnes. They are not personal diaries (try the Imperial War Museumor Local Record Offices for those). A list of the Battalion’s Commanding Officers in World War One can be found here. The question was now whether this rolling up of the newly captured line from the right would continue until the whole of our gains were wiped out. GRANTHAM and Capt. Taking our line of battle from right to left the troops were deployed in the following order: -The Corps Expeditionnaire, the Royal Naval Division, the 42nd (East Lancs) Division and the 29th Division. 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment in World War One. WILLIAM MARSDEN BARRATT In November 117 men reported sick, a slight reduction from the previous month. Add a Name to this List
DIXON were assigned to C company. SAMUEL E. BOSNALL. The physical fitness of the men being of paramount importance. WILLIAM GILBERT GREENWOOD. From nightfall till dawn on the 9th-10th efforts were made everywhere to push us back. 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. A period of heavy fatigues followed for the remainder of the month. Son of William and Laura Jones, of 94, Brecon Rd., Hirwaun.
Dad for one had not been in touch with home for weeks and since all their parents probably thought that they were dead, it was decided jointly that they would all try to get home for a couple of days before presenting themselves at the barracks. Stanley Thomas Collins. 2067 Pte. HARDOLD INGHAM James William "Jack" Heslam 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. 1794 William Walton, of the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, who enlisted 14th February 1914 and was discharged due to … A quick search of the area ascertained that the 10 ton truck had disappeared during the night along with the Bofors gun and the two senior men! [Gazetted Sept 15, 1915]. Opposite them lay the Turks, who since their last repulse had fallen back about half a mile upon previously prepared redoubts and entrenchments. Manchester Regiment. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The assault was immediately successful. Result of active service, exposure to cold and wet. 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. Anecdotal evidence from local newspaper reports indicate that many more men were wounded but they are not listed here. BARKER were mentioned in the Brigade war diary for showing “great courage and ability remaining out and covering the retirement of the parties although fired at from 12yds range.”. At that point a conversation ensued amongst the Manchesters about who could swim and who could not in their group. where from a distance he could see that the bridge was being prepared for demolition by what appeared to be British troops. THOMAS PENNY had been wounded and brought him back to the trenches and then went back out and returned to digging even though he himself had been wounded. PARKER and W.H. 6th Loyals – 2nd Battalion Reconnaissance Regiment. The Division moved to Egypt in Mar… Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. 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. The 1/9th went into the line on June 3rd and remained there until they were relieved on June 22nd. On the evening of 8th August his party was relieved by another unit, but he volounteered to remain on. A duplicate battalion had been raised by the 8th (Ardwick) Battalion which on 31 July 1939 became the 7th Battalion. In November 1919, following the end of the First World War, the war-raised battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers were disbanded. The platoon was dug in either side of a road and there were other British units on their flanks. 400 Sgt. The next day he reported sick again. The Nominal Roll of men of the 1/9th Manchesters landing on that day included at least the following 860 men shown below. For example, by the end of January, 1945, the 47 th Infantry Regiment (which fought in France and Germany) had lost well over 100% of their strength to battle casualties, where men were either killed, wounded, missing, or taken as prisoner of war. 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. They repeated their reconnaissance the following night to verify their observations. Hon Lt. JOSEPH MICHAEL CONNERY*. New 6th and 7th Battalions were formed in 1939. All available to download. PHILIP SIDNEY MARSDEN was reported wounded and on June 12 2/Lt. When they got there it was a chilling sight. The 1/9th went into the line on May 21st and remained in their until the 26th. 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. 1st/8th (Ardwick) Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Private, 2nd/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed,
Helping people find out more about their relatives wartime experiences since 1999 by On the right and on the centre the first enemy line was captured, and small parties pushed on to the second line, where they were unable to maintain themselves for long. From January onwards, strenuous training was carried out. Incidentally, the man he had saved died a few months later out in Singapore where he had been shipped as part of a Manchester Regiment reinforcements cadre. Bury to join the 4th and 5th East Lancashires and the 10th Manchesters, which made up the East Lancashire Brigade. Although wounded on 20th May 1915, he continued to perform his duties, and showed the highest courage on 25th May in aiding the wounded under fire. They spent the rest of the month defending the Suez Canal from Turkish attack. JOHN MAYALL WADE and 2/Lt. On the, left but little ground was gained, and by 11a.m. Amazingly, they also managed to get a hot drink and breakfast which after the privations of the previous two weeks was a total godsend. For conspicuous bravery on the 7th and 9th August 1915, at Cape Helles (Dardenelles), Cpl. 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. Record same as 2/5th Bn. recording and preserving recollections, documents, photographs and small items. Grandad Arthur was a machine gunner who was captured … L/Cpl. 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. 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