Dad returned to his position and the 20 young men discussed the situation amongst themselves. When he was about 75 yards from the bridge, a call rang out of "who goes there?" The army was going through a dramatic reconstruction at this time with brigades being reduced from 4 to 3 battalions. COOKE was subsequently awarded the Military Cross. The next day, on Sept 3 at around 2pm, the Turks exploded a mine right under a sap known as FOUR HOLE POST in the Firing Line where the 1/9th were located. For conspicuous gallantry on the 7th and 8th August 1915, at Gallipoli, when acting as a look-out man and sniper. 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. 2/Lt. On March 4, 1916, the same day that the Battalion embarked for France, the final Egyptian casualty, Private JAMES KERR (1984), died of pneumonia in Hospital in Ismailia. GALLIPOLI 1915 When Dad pointed out that their only means of transport had disappeared during the night, the major told him that his unit only had enough transport for themselves and basically it was every man for himself. (1) To break out with a rush from Anzac and cut off the bulk of the Turkish Army from land communication with Constantinople. On the 9th May the 9th Battalion landed under heavy fire at Sedd-el-Bahr, (V Beach), and moved quickly from the beach into bivouacs (the Commodore with the Transport section and Brigade HQ arriving on the 10th). It was headquartered at Ashton-under-Lyne. ARTHUR WILLIAM FIELD CONNERY was badly wounded in the mouth by shrapnel and went to hospital. The allied attack was repulsed by the Turks who already massed in the trenches for their own attack. Major RICHARD BOTTOMLEY NOWELL temporarily assumed command on the 23rd. 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. Capt. 2/9th Battalion Formed at Ashton-under-Lyne in August 1914 as a second line unit. photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. 969 Sgt. We are now on Facebook. This figure includes the records for the 1st/5th, 2nd/5th & 3rd/5th Battalions. recording and preserving recollections, documents, photographs and small items. Also on that day, Lt. Col. ARTHUR FREDERICK EGERTON, DSO (9th Royal Scots) took over command of the Battalion. On the evening of May 23/24 the 1/5th East Lancs battalion on the right and the 1/9th Manchesters in the center both advanced 100 yards by digging a series of rifle pits but the 1/10th Manchesters on the left failed in their attempt. The French had captured all the ground in front of the Farm Zjimmerman, as well as a redoubt, for the possession of which there had been obstinate fighting during the whole of the past three days. It was agreed that in the event of an abandon ship they would stand no chance of staying afloat long in their heavy khaki uniforms and it was decided that they would strip down to their underwear, strip out their Enfield bolts and heave their 303s into the sea before entering the water. When they got there it was a chilling sight. 2826 Pte. If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page. They arrived at Alexandria on the 25th September, and were transported to the Citadel and Kasr-el-Nil barracks, Cairo. 2/Lt. The Manchester Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1958. In Egypt, the following promotions were gazetted on November 4, 1914 in connection with the Ashton Territorial Battalion: George Arthur Wilson 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment . Aberdare. 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. EGYPT 1916 ALBERT EDWARD STRINGER led the charge against one trench, and Capt. At least 192 men of the 1/9th Battalion died from the fighting, sickness or disease they encountered at Gallipoli in 1915. CHARLES EARSHAM COOKE, MC The 1st Manchesters ended the war in Hamburg when the city surrendered on 3 May. When it became clear that war was likely in 1939, Dad, known then in the family as Jack, volunteered for the militia and somehow ended up in the 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. Additionally, 1904 Pte. Mesopotamia, Iraq and North Persia: WO 95/4965-5288 3. GEORGE HAROLD OKELL and Lieut. They endured long marches into the desert in full marching order. The 1/9th went into the trenches on Aug 7, remaining there until Aug 13, and were divided into two separate groups. Other men were used to supply drafts to under strength battalions, like the 1st Notts & Derby Regiment. Meanwhile, 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 grandfather George Arthur Wilson, who I believe would have gone just by Arthur, was in the 9th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. EDWARD BALMFOD and 16 men arrived from England, the first reinforcements to do so. Here they were mostly engaged in fatigues supporting the extensive mining and digging work going on in the trenches. Secondly, tactical diversions meant to hold up enemy reserves already on the peninsula. From January onwards, strenuous training was carried out. Pvt. 2231 Pte. On the evening of Sept 2, Lt. ARTHUR CLAUDE VYVYAN-ROBINSON and a party of 14 men were detailed to dig a trench joining the current Firing Line with the Northern Barricade. 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. There was a large explosion that completely rocked the ship which very quickly began to list to one side. Two weeks later, on July 27, Lt. JAMES KNOWLES and 14 men were wounded. 1358 L/Cpl. He and his companions had stumbled into a unit of the Pioneer Corps and sappers tasked with blowing the bridge and amongst them, amazingly, was Pembo Pemberton who for years had been the deep fat fryer man in my great grandad's fish and chip shop in Darnall, Sheffield. One of the first they picked up was the Lancastria's Captain, Rudolph Sharp. On the stroke of noon the artillery increased their range and along the whole line the infantry fixed bayonets and advanced. On Wednesday Sept 2, 1914 the Battalion was visited by Brigadier-General D. G. PRENDERGAST commanding the East Lancashire Infantry Brigade. BAYLEY remained with Lt. FORSHAW, VC; holding a barricade for forty-one hours continuously. GRAY, Sgt. 2/Lt. 27th Oct 2020 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. This they mostly accomplished over the following days. I was visiting my parents for the weekend and, prior to dinner on a nice summer's evening, he and I had gone down to enjoy a pint or two in a local pub garden. PENNY died of his wounds in hospital in Malta two weeks later. 1st Battalion Casualties Malaya 1941-1945 This memorial in Manchester Cathedral, Originally erected in the Singapore Garrison Church in 1945 and brought back to England following the withdrawal of British troops in 1965. With the Turkish trenches untouched, they were mercilessly shot at from the front and the right. Cumbria images bank is a collection of digital images created using original material from Cumbria County Council Libraries and Archives Service. 1st/8th (Ardwick) Battalion, Manchester Regiment. 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. Divisional orders for the 126th Brigade were to advance the line by digging new trenches under cover of darkness. The 1/9th went into the line on May 21st and remained in their until the 26th. The Manchester Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1958. The Division moved to Egypt in Mar… 2/Lt. He is commemorated at Pozieres Memorial. On the 11th May, the first time for eighteen days and nights, it was found possible to withdraw the 29th Division from the actual firing line and to replace it by the 29th Indian Infantry Brigade and by the 42nd Division, which had completed its disembarkation two days previously. 2/7th Battalion Formed at Manchester in August 1914 as a second line unit. This-I repeat for the sake of clearness-was: – HARDOLD INGHAM The next day he reported sick again. On the 8th December, consequent on your Lordship’s orders, I directed the General Officer Commanding Dardanelles Army to proceed with the evacuation of Suvla and Anzac at once. William H. Viney served with the battalion in Egypt and at the Dardanelles, he was discharged due to ill health on 17.8.1916. During World War II the Regiment was granted 50 Battle Honours to add to its existing 88 honours. ), was largely instrumental in the repulse of three very determined onslaughts. This figure includes the records for the 1st/8th, 2nd/8th & 3rd/8th Battalions. They then rowed about picking up others. He shouted back "British soldiers" and received the reply "advance British soldiers!". 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. On October 14th the Battalion moved back to the line; half the Battalion with the 1/10th Manchesters and half with the 1/5th East Lancs. where from a distance he could see that the bridge was being prepared for demolition by what appeared to be British troops. Lieut. From nightfall till dawn on the 9th-10th efforts were made everywhere to push us back. RAIDS AND RESISTANCE 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. In the afternoon the first German raid came in which resulted in a ship nearby being hit. HARRY GRANTHAM, DCM 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. FRANK HAMER and 2/Lieut. The Battalion entrained for Southampton, bound for Egypt, on Wednesday September 9th. A large portion of the vineyard had been captured in the first dash, and the East Lancashire men in this part of the field gallantly stood their ground here against a succession of vigorous counter-attacks. of trench G12. For conspicuous gallantry when covering a retirement under a very heavy fire at a few yards range. GRANTHAM and Capt. ), the 1st Line Territorial Force battalions of the regiment wer… We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. The Regiment went on to serve during the Third Burmese War (1885), Second Boer War (1899-1902), and two World Wars. On June 9th 2/Lt. They began training on the tactics of trench warfare, trench digging, route marches were also order of the day. Shortly after, on July 7th, 2/Lt. France and Flanders: WO 95/1-3154, WO 95/3911-4193 and WO 95/5500 2. The objective of the 1/9th in the center was to capture trench G.11. Beloved by officers and men, he died doing his duty as an Englishman. The 8th Manchesters, headquartered at Ardwick, was a Territorial Force battalion which, prior to 1908, had been the 5th (Ardwick) Volunteer Battalion, the Manchester Regiment. The Wartime Memories Project has been running for 21 years. The split made for tactical reasons to maximize the use of senior Officers and NCOs across the Brigade. 1, 2, 3 etc.) During the month of November, beyond the execution of very clever and successful minor enterprises carried out by Corps Commanders with a view to maintaining an offensive spirit in their commands, there remains little to record-except that an increased activity of the the Turkish artillery against our front became a noticeable factor. 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. He displayed great bravery and skill and although enfiladed from both flanks he remained at his post and by his example gave great encouragement to all with him. In November 117 men reported sick, a slight reduction from the previous month. Selected Bibliography; Author: Title: Publisher: Cannon's Historical Records Series: Historical Record of The Eighth, or, The King's Regiment of Foot; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in … Library contains an ever growing number diary entries, personal letters and other documents, transcribed into plain text. 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment in World War One. Search thousands of identified photos, obituaries and service records of First World War officers, soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen and civilian workers. ARTHUR WILLIAM FIELD CONNERY of C Company who had both volounteered to join them. he led his men forward and recaptured it. The 1/9th went into the trenches on September 18th and remained there until October 1st. C company lost two Officers in early July. STANLEY PEARSON, DCM W. BURKE and Lt. R. G. WOOD were all recommended for gallantry for their actions on May 25th. SAMUEL LITTLEFORD, DCM During this period the following casualties were recorded: 1918 2/Lt. 341 Sgt. 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. EDWARD BALMFORD and 15 men were wounded. On May 25th, the designation of the Division was changed and as the 42nd East Lancashire Division it took precedence in numerical order over the other Territorial Divisions. Capt. WILLIAM GILBERT GREENWOOD. FRANK WOODHOUSE went to hospital sick. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Back home, recruiting continued at a healthy rate with more than 475 new recruits volounteering in October and November alone. 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. For most conspicuous bravery and determination in the Gallipoli Peninsula from 7th to 9th August, 1915. 1794 William Walton, of the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, who enlisted 14th February 1914 and was discharged due to … They are not personal diaries (try the Imperial War Museumor Local Record Offices for those). He was subsequently treated in the UK for 38 days at the 4th Scottish General Hospital, RAMC (Territorial Force) at Stobhill, Glasgow. Record same as 2/5th Bn. COOKE and the 2 platoons under them. For conspicuous gallantry when covering a retirement under a very heavy fire at a few yards range. FORSHAW, T.G. 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. Dad went forward cautiously with one other man and a white handkerchief tied to the end of his Lee Enfield which he waved over his head. Those left in the battalion remained as a training cadre. Dickinson only arrived in the Dardenelles on October 22, 1915 and was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Giza, just over two months later, on December 26 suffering from oedema to the legs (a swelling due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissues). At that point a conversation ensued amongst the Manchesters about who could swim and who could not in their group. But upon the 6th of August attacks in the south were only to form a subsidiary part of one great concerted attack. 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. This brings the narrative up to the day of the general attack upon the enemy’s front line of trenches which ran from the west of the Kereves Dere in a northerly direction to the sea. Burke carrying Lt. RG Wood from the trench to the Field Ambulance and Pte. 16 bombers, a working party under 2/Lt. 400 Sgt. 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. 1st Battalion August 1914 : in Jullundur, India. HARRY YORSTON DIXON all of the 11th Yorks and Lancs Regiment. A. DAVIS, DCM 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. However, 30 minutes before the attack the Turks heavily shelled the position causing the 88th Brigade to withdraw from the left. Dispatched with Royal Mail Special Delivery next day. A specially heavy attack was made upon the French. GREEN A. 1792 L/Cpl. You can contact me via e-mail at webmaster.grandadswar.org at gmail dot com. Part of the 8th (Jullundur) Brigade in 3rd (Lahore) Division. Men of the Brigade would go out the the crater and secure it by building barricades. The 1/9th were relieved from the trenches on October 1st and moved to Divisional Reserve at GEOGHEGAN’S BLUFF. July was a month of consolidation for the 42nd Division. 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. 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 The Manchester Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1958. When searching for unit numbers, use cardinal numbers (i.e. Early May 1942 left with 1 Officer and 50 other ranks to join 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment. The 1/9th went into the line on June 3rd and remained there until they were relieved on June 22nd. DIXON were assigned to C company. Some days and nights of marching then ensued. Grandad Arthur was a machine gunner who was captured … Two specially furious counter-attacks were delivered by the Turks on the 8th August, one at 4.40 a.m. and another at 8.30 p.m., where again our bayonets were too much for them. 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. The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website. [Gazetted Nov 16, 1915], 2148 L/Cpl. The working parties got to work without incident, and the position here could not possibly have been better. [Gazetted June 21, 1916], 1083 Pte. On the 21st November the Peninsula was visited by a storm said to be nearly unprecedented for the time of the year. Also note that some of the men listed as Killed in Action were actually Missing in Action and their bodies were never recovered or otherwise identified. Before Lord Haldane's changes took place in 1908, the 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment (a Territorial Force battalion), was the 3rd Voilunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment. On the 15th March the battalion was withdrawn to the Busnes/Burbure/Fouquieres area. Fred Dickinson, (3765), serves as an example. 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. 13 February 1918 : disbanded in France. 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Transferred to :- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has 803 recorded WW1 deaths for the 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Major WILLIAM HENRY ARCHBUTT suffered a heart attack on February 8, 1915 and Major ALBERT HILTON, the Battalion’s Medical Officer, died of disease on March 4, 1915 at Heliopolis. Redbreast bound for Mudros West. 9th Loyals – 148th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. On the 15th a very heavy ranfall occurred filling some parts of the trenches to a depth of 3 feet. He said how impressed he was with the organization and calm efficiency that greeted them. POTTS volounteered to join the bombing party of the 1/4th East Lancashire Regiment and subsequently was issued a Congratulatory Card for gallantry. Anzac was to deliver the knock-down blow; Helles and Suvla were complementary operations. GREENHALGH and Cpl. A duplicate battalion had been raised by the 8th (Ardwick) Battalion which on 31 July 1939 became the 7th Battalion. - 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment during the Second World War -. OLIVER JEPSON SUTTON, MC 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. REGINALD POTTS 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. The 9th Battalions numbers were dwindling fast despite three significant drafts of reinforcements from England arriving in July, August and October. GEORGE WILLIAM HANDFORTH reported sick. 2/Lt. Opposite them lay the Turks, who since their last repulse had fallen back about half a mile upon previously prepared redoubts and entrenchments. On July 5th 2/Lt. Lieut. 1st/9th Manchester Regiment Chamberlain conscripted the army for the first time in history. They spent the rest of the month defending the Suez Canal from Turkish attack. 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