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'Cast Iron Sixth' - 6th Londons Regimental History


Jim Hastings
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Hi All,

A couple of references online suggest that the Regimental History of the 6th Londons - 'Cast Iron Sixth' by Captain E G Godfrey - states that the 6th Londons adopted the Church of St James on St James Road, Croydon after the war, before moving onto St Sepulchre - without- Newgate. I wondered if a forum member who owns a copy of 'Cast Iron Sixth' would please confirm this for me, plus let me know if any reason is given for adopting St James' first?

I know men of the 2/4th and 3/4th Queen's were drafted to the 6th Londons (and other Londons units, including the 22nd) and were from a Croydon unit, but that seems a weak association.

Also, by WW1, were they still considered the 'Printers Battalion'?

Appreciate any time and effort spent on my behalf on this

All the best

Jim

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Hi Jim

The book is available to read online. It is very slow to load and I got a couple of not responding messages but it does work

http://lib.militaryarchive.co.uk/library/infantry-histories/library/The-Cast-Iron-Sixth-A-History-of-the-6th-Battalion/HTML/index.asp#/1/

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If you do get problems let me know as i do have a copy of this book somewhere

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Likewise I too have a copy. Lovely book.

TT

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Barkalotloudly/TT I would appreciate a look up if either of you wouldn't mind, the online version I found a little tricky

I assume it maybe somewhere near the end, before the Roll??

Many thanks Jim

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Nothing in the book so far.... Sorry

TT

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Thanks a lot for looking TT, I have been trying on the online link again too, but likewise without success ... will keep plodding

Appreciate your help

Jim

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Hello Jim,

As noted above this a very slow download, and even once downloaded is very bothersome to manipulate.

I ran a search for 'Church of St. James' and came up with only a single reference.

p. 72 ....d Lens on the rise *The cross was installed in the Church of St. James, Croydon, by the padre, Rev. A.E. Wilkinson...

I have read both the actual p.72 of the book and the so-called p.72 in the page counter above the text (actual p. 42), but neither seems to correspond to the quoted reference. The asterisk suggests that this is possibly a footnote.

Plate 60 shows a memorial screen in a church (unnamed, I think); another plate shows a (from memory) Gaelic cross, erected in 1916 in France to mark the spot where the 47th Divn. fell on the Somme (I think); perhaps this is the cross referred to above. I accidentally closed the link, hence all of my qualified info. from memory.

It doesn't answer your OP, but I hope that it helps.

Best regards,

JMB

I think you will have to read a hard-copy to be sure !!

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Jim,

An update to my previous post. Downloaded again......but cannot save.

See p.45 in printed book (p.75 on page-counter on-line),....it was a small wooden cross (made/painted by 2 x Riflemen)to mark the burial place of almost 90 killed in the capture of Loos on Sept. 25th, 1915.

FOOTNOTE....the padre, Rev. A.E.W,. "and annually a memorial service is held in that church and attended by members of the Old Comrades' Association."

Plate 60 The Memorial Screen was installed in their drill-hall in Morden. You have probably passed that by now and then !!!

Regards,

JMB

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Hi JMB

Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to sift through the online copy, intriguing, especially the Morden drill hall, must look into that, I thought they were wholly Farringdon based.

Hope all well

Jim

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