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8th (Service) Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
The 8th (Service) Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment was raised at Warrington in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army and joined 75th Brigade, 25th Division. They trained at Codford, spending the winter in billets in Bournemouth. They moved to Wokingham in May 1915 and to Aldershot in June for final training. They proceeded to France on the 28th of September 1915, the division concentrating in the area of Nieppe. Their first action was in defence of the German attack on Vimy Ridge in May 1916. They then moved to The Somme and joined the Battle just after the main attack, with 75th Brigade making a costly attack near Thiepval on the 3rd of July. The Division was in action at The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Pozieres and The Battle of the Ancre Heights. In 1917 they were in action at The Battle of Messines attacking between the Wulverghem-Messines and Wulverghem-Wytschaete roads. In the Third battle of Ypres were were in action during The Battle of Pilkem. In early 1918 the army was reorganised and on the 16th of February 1918 the 8th South Lancashires were disbanded in France with the troops transferring to other units.Can you add to this factual information? Do you know the whereabouts of this unit on a particular day? Which battles they took part in? Or any other interesting snipts?
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Those known to have served with 8th (Service) Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) during the Great War.
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- Sgt. Thomas William Camps
- Pte. Edward Miller (d.10th July 1916)
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