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It is an image of the Royal Fusiliers 23rd London Regiment and is of my Great Granddad's squad. He was a runner delivering pictures and messages from trench to the HQ. He was present on the Somme, Arras, Ypres and Passchendaele. If you look at the far left of this picture, you will see a man with a moustache and his hand on his belt-that is my great granddad, Edmund Collins. Everyone except the man with the cross over his head and my great granddad died at war. In August 1914 they were at 27 St Johns Hill, Clapham Junction. Then on 16 March 1915 the 23rd, 22nd and 24th regiments landed at Le Havre. Two battalions of the 23rd were found during the First World War for overseas service with a reserve battalion at home. The 1/23rd fought in France and Flanders from March 1915 until the end of hostilities in 1918, being involved in actions at Festubert, Loos, the Somme in 1916 and 1918, Messines, Ypres, Cambrai, Lille and Tournai. Casualties were heavy, 237 being killed and 262 wounded at Givenchy during the Battle of Festubert. The 2/23rd went initially to France in June 1916 but later went to Salonika and then to Egypt to take part in General Allenby’s offensive against the Turks in Palestine. Finally they returned to France in 1918 and saw action around Ypres. Twenty-four Battle Honours were awarded to the 23rd, ten of them being carried on the King’s Colour. Between the wars both battalions were disbanded but the original battalion was reformed in 1920 as part of the renamed and reorganised Territorial Army. In 1923 it was renamed 23rd London Regiment (The East Surrey Regiment).

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