This book describes the campaigns fought by the Gloucestershire Regiment’s sixteen infantry battalions and the 1/1st RGH which saw action on all the Allied fronts. During The Great War the Gloucesters who already had more battle honours than any other regiment won another eighty-two. Over 46,000 men served in the Gloucesters and the RGH during the First World War without any member of either regiment being charged with either desertion or cowardice. Twenty-five Military Medals were won by 1st Gloucesters at Festubert on one day in April 1918, a record for a single battalion. A Gallant County captures the contrast between the fighting in the mud of the Western Front, the heat and dust of the Middle East and the horrors of Gallipoli. The author skilfully paints the picture of infantry and cavalry actions in the different theatres. 1/1st RGH were one of only two yeomanry regiments to fight from Egypt to Aleppo. The use of personal accounts and descriptions of acts of individual and collective gallantry make this a superb record of a County’s outstanding contribution to victory.
GALLANT COUNTY The Regiments of Gloucestershire in the Great War
Published coincide with the centenary of the Armistice, this is a history the two regiments of Gloucestershire in the Great War. These were, first, The Gloucestershire Regiment, which achieved a record haul of twenty-four Military Medals in one day at Festubert in April 1918 during the Germans’ final and most critical offensive. Second, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, a Yeomanry Regiment that was heavily engaged at Gallipoli, and was one of only two English Yeomanry Regiments to fight all the way from Egypt, through Palestine to Aleppo in Syria.