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5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

   5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment were a unit of the Territorial Force, had its HQ in Loughborough and was with the Lincoln and Leicester Brigade of the 46th (N Midland) Division. They arrived in France on the of 28th February 1915 and spent the first few months of the war in the Armentieres sector before moving south to Loos. During the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, which decimated the 4th Battalion, 5th Battalion was in reserve.

In December 1915 the Division war wasordered to Egypt and the 1/5th battalion embarked at Marseille on the 21st January 1916 in the Cunarder Andania, a ship which was described as a floating palace, the next morning the were ordered to disembark and the division went back to the trenches of the Western Front.

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Those known to have served with  5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Cross D. W.. Pte. (d.23rd June 1916)
  • Grudgings William. Capt.
  • Hibbitt Herbert. Pte.
  • Hills John David. Capt.
  • Marston Alfred. Pte. (d.8th Aug 1916)
  • Moore Bertie. Pte. (d.6th August 1915)
  • O'Neill John Arthur. Pte. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Yates Charles Frederick. L/Cpl. (d.14th Oct 1918)

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Pte. Alfred Marston 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (d.8th Aug 1916)

Alfred Marston is buried at Warlincourt Cemetery, I would like to know which battle would he have been involved in? I am also trying to locate a photo of his grave.

Stan Marston


L/Cpl. Charles Frederick Yates 1st/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.14th Oct 1918)

Charles Yates died 14th October 1918 and is buried in the Vadencourt British Cemetery in France. he was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Yates, of 16 Seagrave Rd., Sileby, Leicester.

s flynn


Pte. Herbert Hibbitt 1/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

Bert Hibbitt served with the 5th Leicesters.

Sharron Hibbitt


Pte. D. W. Cross 5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.23rd June 1916)

Private Cross died of disease at No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport, France on 23rd June 1916. He was the son of Albert and Emma Cross, Chevington, Bury St Edmunds. Private Cross is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France, Plot 2, Row K, Grave 3C.


Pte. Bertie Moore 5th Btn., "D" Coy Leicestershire Regiment (d.6th August 1915)

Bertie Moore died of wounds on 6th August 1915 and is buried at Le Treport Military Cemetery, France. He was 19 years old when he died.

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Fifth Leicestershire: A Record of the 1/5th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, TF, During the War 1914-1919

J.D. Hills

This battalion history, based essentially on the War Diary supplemented by contributions from various battalion members. There is plenty of meat in this history, detailed accounts of actions and events in and out of the trenches, names of officers and other ranks, list of honours and awards.


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