British Territorial Units 1914–18 (Men-at-Arms) by Ray Westlake, Mike Chappell

By Ray Westlake, Mike Chappell

In his military Reforms of 1906/07 the Secretary of kingdom for conflict, Richard Burdon Haldane, supplied for an expeditionary strength - the general military supplemented by way of the previous military - and a brand new company meant for domestic defence, the Territorial strength. This new 'Citizen's military' used to be shaped by means of the move of the Honourable Artillery corporation, Imperial Yeomanry and Volunteer strength, all with a long time of provider and culture. on the outbreak of World struggle I, the Territorial strength was once organised as in step with the common military, with infantry battalions, artillery, engineers, provide and scientific formations. This identify takes a hugely specific and illustrated examine the badges and uniforms and the altering company of the British Territorial devices in the course of international struggle I. It additionally covers the wrestle stories of the boys who quickly discovered themselves in carrier in another country, within the thick of the battling.

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Both South East London and the East End suffered the worst night’s bombing since October in a raid that lasted from just after 2000hrs to 0200hrs the following morning. Casualties that night were particularly high with 631 Londoner’s losing their lives. A number of incidents were reported in this area and the photographs show a comparison of the building in South Row before the raid and just before their demolition. South Row before the war After a short stroll along their frontage we turn right into Pond Road.

The final V-2 fell on Orpington, Kent on 27 March 1945 and the final V-1 fell on open countryside in Hertfordshire two days later. Around 60,000 civilians had been killed by enemy air attack across the UK, about half of them in the capital city, but London was finally safe again. Published Sources: The Narrow Margin – Derek Wood with Derek Dempster, Tri Service Press 1969 The Most Dangerous Enemy – Stephen Bungay, Aurum Press 2000 Walking the London Blitz – Clive Harris, Pen & Sword 2003 The City That Wouldn’t Die – Richard Collier, Collins 1959 Chapter One Blackheath to Greenwich Start point – Blackheath Station (direct trains can be reached from London Bridge & Waterloo East) End point – Greenwich Station (DLR or overland service back to London Bridge & Waterloo East) Duration of Walk – 3/4 hours On exiting Blackheath Station (which can be busy when a lively farmers’ market takes place on Sundays), turn left and walk to All Saints Church where our walk begins on the edge of the heath.

Though recently replaced, a number of examples across London still exist and incredibly, as can be seen from the photographs, these fences were made up by welding wartime civil defence stretchers together to make domestic fences, and with that example of ingenious post war recycling in our thoughts our walk comes to an end. F. com ii – Rosemary Radley – BBC Website/the peoples war iii – The Authors’ family recollections Chapter Two The Marylebone Walk Start Point – Tottenham Court Road Station (Central/Northern Line) End point – Baker Street Station (Bakerloo/Circle/Metropolitan Line) Duration – 3/4 hours Our walk starts at the busy Tottenham Court Road station.

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