Tracing British Battalions on the Somme

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 328 pages
Author: R. Westlake
Year: (1994) 2009
ISBN: 9781844158850
Other: b&w photos, maps, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Although seventy-eight years have passed since the Battle of the Somme was fought, interest in this, the bloodiest battle of the First World War, has never
waned. It was, in the words of one historian, 'a catastrophe without parallel in British history' and the names of those magnificent corners of a foreign soil
such as Mametz, High Wood and Fricourt, have ever since been inscribed in blood upon the tablet of the nation's memory.

This reason is not hard to find; no less that 616 infantry battalions took part in the battle and the total butcher's bill for the British came to an appalling
419,000 men, which means that there were few households in the land who did not have a relative involved.

Over the years Ray Westlake, a leading authority of the First World War, has received hundreds of inquiries from historians, from researchers, and above all, from descendants of those who fought on the Somme, wanting to know exactly which units were in those terrible days between 1 July and 18 November 1916. He has now collated all the information so painstakingly to produce a comprehensive compendium of the exact movements of every British battalion involved in the battle. This book is invaluable not only to researchers but to all those visiting the battlefield and anxious to trace the movements of their forbears.

First published in 1994, the interest in this topic doesn't die, so this title has now been reprinted for a fourth time.

Notes on Infantry Organization
Sources of Information
Grenadier Guards
Coldstream Guards
Scots Guards
Irish Guards
Welsh Guards
Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Northumberland Fusiliers
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Norfolk Regiment
Lincolnshire Regiment
Devonshire Regiment
Suffolk Regiment
Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
East Yorkshire Regiment
Bedfordshire Regiment
Leicestershire Regiment
Royal Irish Regiment
Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
Lancashire Fusiliers
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Cheshire Regiment
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
South Wales Borderers
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Royal Inniskilling Fisiliers
Gloucestershire Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment
East Lancashire Regiment
East Surrey Regiment
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Border Regiment
Royal Sussex Regiment
Hampshire Regiment
South Staffordshire Regiment
Dorsetshire Regiment
Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)
Welsh Regiment
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Essex Regiment
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Northamptonshire Regiment
Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
King's (Shropshire Light Infantry)
Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)
Manchester Regiment
Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
York and Lancaster Regiment
Durham Light Infantry
Highland Light Infantry
Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Gordon Highlanders
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Royal Irish Rifles
Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Connaught Rangers
Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)
Royal Munster Fusiliers
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)
Honourable Artillery Company (Territorial Force)
Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force)
Cambridgeshire Regiment (Territorial Force)
London Regiment (Territorial Force)
Hertfordshire Regiment (Territorial Force)
63rd (Royal Naval) Division
Regimental Index


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