The 1/4th and 1/5th Battalions were both part of the Brigade of Royal West Kents who, alongside the 4th and 5th (Weald) Buffs East Kent Regiment of the Home Counties Division were sent to British India in late October 1914
On October 22nd 1914 the townsfolk witnessed the arrival of several hundred Territorial Army men from Preston Lancashire. These were the Royal Field Artillery from 57th (2nd West Lancs) Division who arrived marching up Vicarage Hill with their horses, guns, limbers and equipment to be billeted on several sites around the district. During the seven months ...
The West Lancashire Territorial Division had 3 Field Ambulance Units. Two were based in Liverpool, the 1st at Tramway Road, the 2nd at Harper Street, whilst the 3rd was located at St Helens. On mobilisation all were brought up to strength very quickly. The 1/2nd were sent to Kent to form part of the anti-invasion ...
Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers.
During the war, Australia raised an all volunteer force for overseas service, known as the Australian Imperial Force, which subsequently served in several theatres, including the Gallipoli Campaign, the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and on the Western Front in both France and Belgium.
Bruce Bairnsfather was born into a military family. Initially intending a military career himself, he failed entrance exams to both Sandhurst and Woolwich Military Academies. With the same intent he joined the Cheshire Regiment but resigned in 1907 to become an artist, studying at the John Hassall School of Art. Unsuccessful in gaining commissions, he ...