Lancashire North Branch Despatch Issue 18: November 2016

The frontispiece photo shows troops moving from their assembly trenches on 9th April 1917 to attack the German positions east of Arras and amongst them was the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. 

On Page 2 is the story of their Commanding Officer Lieut. Col. Charles James Burke who chose to fight on terra firma rather than command what happens in the skies above. 

Also read inside about the 9th Commanding Officer’s conference, the banker who saw more than the military, the Military Cross, reports from museums, a book assessing Battalion Commanders in WW1, Stob’s Internment Camp and more.