The Manchester Regiment 1758 - 1958

The Sixth (Territorial) Battalion


1/6th Battalion Territorial Force

4th August 1914. No3 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester,

At the end of August as part of the Manchester Brigade. East Lancashire Division, The battalion moved into camp at Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough, Rochdale.

On the 10th September 1915 the battalion sailed from Southampton on the Caledonia for Egypt arriving Alexandria, 25th Sept.

On the 6th May 1915, landed at Gallipoli with the 5th Battalion at W and V beaches, 26th May 1915, formation became part of the 127th Brigade, 42nd (East Lancs) Division.

On the 8th/9th January 1916 the battalion was evacuated via Mudros to Egypt,

March 1917 to France.

On the 11th November 1918, as part of the 127th Brigade, 42nd Division was in France in the Hautmont area, S.W. of Maubeuge

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6th/7th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (TA)

In 1922 the 6th and 7th Battalions amalgamated to form the 6th/7th Battalion.
This amalgamated battalion became 65 Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA in December 1936.

New 6th and 7th Battalions were formed in 1939.

6th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (TA) 1939 -1942

On 29 March 1939 the government ordered a doubling in strength of the Territorial Army and a duplicate battalion was raised at Wigan by the 5th Battalion which, on 31 July 1939, became the 6th Battalion.

Captain W M Archdale was appointed Adjutant and Lieut Beatson Quartermaster. The battalion was embodied in Wigan on 1 September 1939. In April 1940 to the Thirsk area. 8 June 1940 to Driffield and on 23 June to Beccles, Suffolk. November to Henley on Thames, January 1941 to Huntercombe, July to Aldershot, December to Hull and in May 1942 to Withernsea.

In June 1942 reconstituted as the 1st Battalion after the capture of Singapore.

courtesy of Capt. Robert Bonner