6th Battalion - An introduction

6th Battalion - An introduction

Postby kerchi » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:42 pm

The 6th (Service) Battalion The Border Regiment was formed at Carlisle in August 1914 as part of Kitchener's K1 and attached to 33rd Brigade subordinate to the 11th (Northern) Division. The battalion moved from Cumbria to Belton Park (Grantham) and then to Frensham in April 1915 (training). It sailed with other 11th Division units from Liverpool on 1 July 1915 for Gallipoli, landing at Helles 20 July and was complete at Suvla Bay by August 1915. They were operational at Suvla Bay from August 1915 till December 1915 - moved from Gallipoli and spent Christmas at Mudros on Lemnos. The battalion was then withdrawn to Egypt January 1916 (Suez Canal protection duties).

It then embarked at Alexandria before sailing to France (Marseille) in July 1916. The battalion did not play a significant part in the Battle of the Somme until the beginning of September (and had been around Arras until then. The battalion was near the Peckham House, Spanbroekmolen and Kruisstraat mines, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.

The battalion was disbanded at Mazingarbe in France on 9 February 1917.

August 1914, Carlisle. Attached to the 33rd Brigade of the 11th (Northern) Division.

Service Battalion

Theatre of War Honours
France & Flanders 1916, 1917, 1918.
Gallipoli 1915.

Battle Honours
1915: Suvla, Scimitar Hill.
1916: Somme, Flers-Courcellete, Thiepval.
1917: Messines, Ypres, Langemarck, Poelcappelle.

Disbanded at Malingarbe on the 9th February 1917. The officers and men of the Battalion were then absorbed into the 1st, 7th, 8th and 11th Battalions of the Regiment.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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