Using a wealth of contemporary sources, this book narrates the story of the Liverpool Rifles in the Great War from their mobilisation in August 1914 to their return to Liverpool in 1919, each day of their active service in France and Belgium detailed. The role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty,wounded or killed is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened. The battalion served a tough apprenticeship in the Second Battle of Ypres, losing over 40 per cent casualties in their first five months overseas. By the time the battalion left the Somme in September 1916, their casualties figures exceeded the number who sailed to France in 1915. The ferocious struggle in the Third Battle of Ypres and their epic defensive actions at Little Priel Farm and Givenchy are described down to individual platoon level; twenty-one detailed sketch maps allowing the reader to follow the action. Uniquely, the battalion roll in the appendices includes every officer and man who served with the battalion overseas, many of whom do not feature in the Medal Rolls.
LIVERPOOL RIFLES A Biography of the 1/6th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in the First World War
A comprehensive account of this second-line Territorial battalion, that was formed at Liverpool in early September 1914, allocated to 171st Bde, 57th Division and landed in France on 14 Feb 1917; it fought on the Western Front for the rest of the war. The battalion took part in all the fighting of the division, in Third Ypres, Drocourt-Queant Switch in the Hindenburg Line, Cambrai (Oct 1918) and the occupation of Lille. Of particular value to the genealogist and medallist is role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty,wounded or killed that is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened.