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28 January 1916 Dvr Thomas Spurr died of an illness


Born in Batley, Yorkshire in 1889, Thomas was living at 33, Barden Lane, Burnley, Lancs at the time of his enlistment. A pre-war territorial, he was mobilised on 5 August 1914 and set sail at Southampton for Egypt on 10 September. After disembarking at Alexandria on 25 September 1914 he took part in the defence of the Suez Canal zone before moving…

'The Territorial Force 1908-1919' a talk by Dr Paul Knight


Dr Paul Knight is a freelance historian and Army Reserve Officer.  His publications include 'The British Army in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918' and 'Henry V and the Conquest of France, 1416-1453.  IMAGE: Soldiers of the Territorial Force, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in the Isle of Man, 1908. Accession Number: K02917/70  

008: Summer 1983


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011: Summer 1984


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'Grandpa's War' with Susan Burnett


The fascinating story of Norman Woodcock by his granddaughter Susan Burnett. Norman Woodcock joined the Territorial Army aged 17 in January 1914 and was immediately called up on the outbreak of war.  He served on almost every front in the war with the exception of the African campaigns as a signaller Beginning with the ill fated Gallipoli campai…

'Of no earthly use: the 2nd Line divisions in WW1' by Bill Mitchinson


There was a largely unacknowledged but quite widespread assumption that little was to be expected of the 2nd Line Territorial Force divisions. Of the original fourteen 2nd Line divisions, seven eventually served on the Western Front; the remaining seven were disbanded at home. By examining their difficult early years and their service in France, th…

Territorial Gunners at War by Terry Dean


The story of the part-time Territorials of the 1st West Lancashire Brigade Royal Field Artillery in WW1 based on Captain Wadsworth’s book which records their exploits.   The Brigade exchanged their 12 out-dated 15-pound field guns for 18 pounders in September 1915 and crossed to France. They gained experience on quiet sectors of the front then fou…

‘Terriers’ in India: British Territorials 1914-19' with Professor Peter Stanley


This is a change of speaker. In 1914 three divisions of Territorials volunteered to go to India to allow its regular garrison to go to the Western Front and Gallipoli. The 'Terriers' believed that Lord Kitchener had 'promised' that they would return to fight the Germans. In fact, many of them remained in India until late 1919, and many went from I…