The Liverpool Rifles

A Biography of the 1/6th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in the First World War

Kevin Shannon

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.
Date Published :
August 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557013
Pages : 496
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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Overview
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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.

About The Author
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Kevin Shannon was educated at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, enlisting in the Army straight from school. His varied Army career included service in an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, Intelligence and the infantry. After leaving the military he studied for a degree in Liverpool and then taught history for many years. His hobbies have included competitive pistol shooting, motorsport and piloting light aircraft. He has also been a long-time volunteer with International Rescue Corps, retiring as their Assistant Operational Director in late 2015. Shannon is now a full-time writer and historian.

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