Harrogate Terriers: The 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion West by John Sheehan

By John Sheehan

Using unique own and army diaries, with hundreds and hundreds of rigorously chosen newspaper extracts, letters and pictures, this booklet strains person tales of tragedy and heroism, related to tradesmen, apprentices, legal professionals, musicians, sportsmen, brothers, husbands and fathers from Harrogate and the West using. As such, it characterises the adventure of the British Infantryman within the nice War.

The Territorials of the 1/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment have been the unsung heroes of the nice battle. those ‘Saturday evening infantrymen’ from York and the northern West using of Yorkshire went out to stand the may possibly of the German military in April 1915. in the course of the scorching summer time and darkish wintry weather that undefined, they stopped bullets on the conflict of Aubers Ridge and choked on Phosgene fuel at Ypres.

Caught within the carnage of the infamous first day at the Somme, the West Yorkshire Territorials have been held up through normal Haig as handy scapegoats for his tactical failure, just for the 1/5th Battalion to end up him flawed and redeem itself as an attacking strength on the conflict of Thiepval Ridge, after which back at Passchendaele in 1917.

In the final 12 months of the conflict, the battalion helped struggle a rear-guard motion at the Menin highway, and was once successfully burnt up on the moment conflict of Kemmel Ridge, basically to be re-constituted in time to participate within the bloody advances at Cambrai and Valenciennes, which helped deliver the clash to an finish.

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