The Lion and the Rose. Volume 2

The 1/5th Battalion the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919

Kevin Shannon

The story of the 1/5th battalion from their mobilization in August 1914 to the end of the war, from their first action in Flanders in March 1915, on into the Somme; the Ypres Salient; Épehy; the battalion's epic stand at Festubert in April 1918 and the spectacular advance of the last 100 Days.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
31 black and white photographs and 18 maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555552
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Based on many unpublished sources, this book narrates the individual parts played by over 1,500 of those who served with the 1/5th King’s Own in the Great War. First seeing action in Flanders in March 1915, they fought in almost all of the major campaigns on the Western Front. Initially recruited from Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool and Fleetwood, this battalion was very much a ‘family’ unit with many of the men closely related and no less than seven father-son relationships within the battalion. Though these relationships helped strengthen the men in times of need, when casualties were suffered they brought extra heartache to the battlefield. Often, these tragic outcomes are related in the men’s own words. Using a combination of mainly unpublished sources, this volume details the deeds of this gallant battalion. Wherever possible, accurate coordinates have been given for the places men served, fought and in many cases, were wounded or died. A series of sketch maps detail the trench locations in which the battalion fought. An appendix listing nearly 3,500 officers and men who served with the 1/5th is included and is the most complete battalion roll ever published.

About The Author

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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