Wandsworth and Battersea Battalions in the Great War

Paul McCue

 
Date Published :
May 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
250 b/w illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848841949
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6.5 inches
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$50.00

Overview
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In 1915 Lord Kitchener extended his famous “Your Country Needs You” recruitment campaign by appealing to the Mayors of the London Metropolitan Boroughs, urging each Mayor to raise a unit of local men for active service overseas. In Southwest London, the response from two neighboring boroughs, Wandsworth and Battersea, could not have been more different. In Wandsworth, Mayor Dawnay personally took up the challenge and soon recruited, for the East Surrey Regiment, double the number of men needed for an infantry battalion. In Battersea, however, there was initially no more than lukewarm interest, partly due to the local Territorial Force unit, the 23rd London Regiment, having expanded from one to three battalions thanks to thousands of earlier volunteers. But as Wandsworth’s efforts bore fruit, Battersea too pledged to raise a full infantry battalion. Mirroring the different political leanings of the two boroughs, Mayor Simmons pledged Battersea’s battalion to the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.

Wandsworth’s 13th East Surreys and Battersea’s 10th Queen’s both served with honor and distinction. But they, and the communities from which they came, also suffered thousands of men wounded and killed. This sacrifice cemented links with France, Belgium and Italy that continue today. From the early tragic death of an adventurous boy of just 15, to the heroic deeds of a dustman who won the Victoria Cross, this book describes the pain and the glory of the volunteers of Wandsworth and Battersea on the Western Front.

About The Author
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Born in Yorkshire in 1958 and educated both there and in Surrey, Paul McCue later graduated in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. His working life began with Laker Airways and upon the companys demise he joined the local government service. He is currently a Director in an inner London local authority.

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