1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, UK

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1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, UK
Years active: – 1881
Country: United Kingdom
Service: British Army
Branch: Regular Army (British Army)
Type: Infantry
Specific type: Infantry battalion
Full size: 1,000
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Name1: 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Name1 Start: 1881
Name1 End:
Reason for change:
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Disbanded: 1881. 
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For more information on what infobox fields mean, see documentation at military unit, command structure and theatre of war.
Command structure
Relationship type: Administrative
Parent unit: Lancashire Fusiliers, UK
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Start date: 1881
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Command structure
Relationship type: Tactical
Parent unit: 86th Infantry Brigade, UK
Parent level:
Start date: 9/1/1915
End date: 28/02/1919
Sources: [2]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: Pacific, Indian Ocean, West Indies and Western Mediterranean
Date entered: October 1914
Date left: December 1914
Sources: [3]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: British Isles
Date entered: December 1914
Date left: 16/3/1915
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Theatre of war
Theatre name: Egypt, Palestine and Syria
Date entered: 29/3/1915
Date left: 7/4/1915
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Theatre of war
Theatre name: Gallipoli
Date entered: 25/4/1915
Date left: 2/1/1916
Sources: [6]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: Egypt, Palestine and Syria
Date entered: 8/1/1916
Date left: March 1916
Sources: [7]
Theatre of war
Theatre name: France, Belgium and Germany
Date entered: 29/03/1916
Date left: 28/02/1919
Sources: [8]

Personal narratives[edit]

George Ashurst[edit]

George Ashurst,service number 4202, came from Wigan. He joined the Special Reserve before the First World War and was drafted into the Regular Army in August 1914, serving on the Western Front, including the Christmas truce and the first day of the Somme, at Gallipoli and in Egypt. He rose to the rank of sergeant and then became an officer cadet. He wrote detailed memoirs and gave a long interview to the Imperial War Museum:

  • George Ashurst (2007) [1987]. Holmes, Richard, ed. My Bit: a Lancashire Fusilier at war, 1914-18. Ramsbury: Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1-86126-983-6.  According to the introduction, this was mostly written in the 1920s.
  • Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, catalogue number 9875: interview with George Ashurst recorded 1987. Can be played free of charge, and reused for non-commercial purposes.

The Imperial War Museum catalogue states that George served with and spoke about his experiences with these units:

His interview also gives details of several hospitals and camps, officer training at Ripon, and some time attached to the Military Police, UK.

Charles Barrett[edit]

Leeds University: Liddle Collection, LIDDLE/WW1/GALL/008 includes a diary of Charles George Barrett, covering March to May 1915. Also 3 photos and a postcard. The catalogue entry states that Barrett served with this battalion, landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and was killed in action on 6 May 1915.

H Brown[edit]

Leeds University: Liddle Collection, LIDDLE/WW1/GALL/015 is a photocopy of the diary of H Brown, covering January to November 1915. Catalogue entry states that Brown enlisted in this battalion in 1902, served with them in Gibraltar, India and Aden before the war, and landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. He was discharged from the Army in October 1915 and joined Manchester police.

Can you help to identify H Brown? We don't yet know his forename, IWM Lives profile or any other records about him.

S A Hall[edit]

Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, catalogue number 10412: recording of 1989 interview with S A Hall, who describes landing at Gallipoli with A Company, 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, on 25 April 1915.

This is probably Sergeant Sidney A Hall, but his identity is not confirmed.

Related media[edit]

Lancashire Landing, Cape Helles, Gallipoli. This unit landed there 25/4/1915.

Official sources[edit]

Unit war diaries[edit]

  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/4310 (01/03/1915–31/03/1916)
  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA): WO 95/2300 (01/03/1916–28/02/1919)

Unit histories[edit]

Other official documents[edit]

Other sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  2. Becke, Archibald Frank. (1935). Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 1: The Regular British Divisions. History of the Great War Based on Official Documents. London: HMSO. p. 121. 
  3. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  4. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  5. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. ; Becke, Archibald Frank. (1935). Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 1: The Regular British Divisions. History of the Great War Based on Official Documents. London: HMSO. p. 122. 
  6. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
  7. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. ; Becke, Archibald Frank. (1935). Order of Battle of Divisions, Part 1: The Regular British Divisions. History of the Great War Based on Official Documents. London: HMSO. p. 123. 
  8. James, E.A. (1998) [first published 1978]. British Regiments 1914-1918. Heathfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-906304-03-2. 
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