John_Hartley Posted 10 February , 2005 Share Posted 10 February , 2005 The following extract from the Regimental History of the Cheshires describes the initial training of the 11th Battalion at Codford in Wiltshire. It mentions a whole Battalion "deserting" because of the conditions. Must have been around October/November 1914. Has anyone come across any reference to this before? Any idea which unit it might have been (I don't think it's another Cheshire Bn) "A very motley crew they were, in every sort of civilian garment, not excluding bowler hats and shorts. Route marches with sticks instead of rifles, many hours of digging, night marches and football, made the men fit. But the hours were long, the loads too heavy and discontent spread. Conditions became worse with the approach of winter. Blankets were scarce and the men were sleeping in the mud. A neighbouring Battalion actually deserted and one night serious trouble narrowly averted.” John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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