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Heaton Park Camp

Early Feb 1915 18th Manchesters move to Heaton Park  18th (3rd City) Battalion, Manchester Regiment moved from White City, Old Trafford where they had been engaged in initial training to Heaton Park Camp to join the 1st, 2nd and 4th City Battalions.

21st Apr 1915 Manchester City Battalions Brigade Sports day  A crowd of 20,000 people gathered at Heaton Park to watch Manchester City Battalion's Brigade sport's day. 4th City Battalion won the Brigade steeplechase earning them the nickname Scarlet Runners.

24th Apr 1915 Manchester City Battalions move camp  The four Manchester City Battalions left Heaton Park Camp for Belton Park near Grantham, Lincolnshire. 18th Battalion left Heaton park in the early morning, marching through Manchester to London Road station to entrain for Grantham. On arrival they marched 3 miles to Belton park.

17th Sep 1915 18th Manchesters move to Larkhill  18th Battalion Manchester Regiment arrive at Larkhill Camp from Belton Park.

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Sgt. Joseph Samuel Herbert 21st Battalion Manchester Regiment

Sgt Joseph Herbert joined the Manchester 21st Battalion 'E' Coy around August 1915 just after he turned 18. We know he trained at Heaton Park because he told us he did. We also know that he did not serve abroad due to his fitness but this is a bit of a mystery to us. We have some records such as information from when he left and we know he was based at Riby when he left on 1919 and he worked there as a clerk. On his wedding certificate in 1917 he is down as a clerk in the 70th training reserve.

I would like to find out more about what he did and why he was promoted to Sgt but haven't been able to get hold of any records of his service.


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