- The lion and the rose: The 1/5th Battalion the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919
The lion and the rose: The 1/5th Battalion the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919
Based on many unpublished sources, this book narrates the individual parts played by over 1,500 of those who served with the 1/5th King's Own in the Great War.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 Using a combination of mainly unpublished sources, this volume details the deeds of this gallant battalion.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.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2014.
Format: Hard cover, 400 pages.
Dimensions: 23.4 cm (h) x 15.6 cm (w) x 3.2 cm (d) / 780 grams.