Historian Nigel Atter talks about his book on the Great War service of the 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. This is published by Helion.

11 May 2020 : Podcast 160

Nigel Atter, a self-styled ‘independent scholar’ is an active member of the Leicestershire  & Rutland branch of The Western Front Association. His interest in the First World War he explains came about when he first discovered his grandfather’s Service Records and also saw the names of his grandmother and great aunts. 

His interest in the 2nd Leicesters developed as a result of having the record office and members of the Leicestershire & Rutland the WFA branch on hand.

For the rest of the podcast Nigel takes us through the history of the 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment from overseas service in 1906 and their regimental sporting and soldiering successes there to arriving in Marseilles in 1914. The Battalion then served through Givenchy and Neuve Chapelle before heading to Mesopotamia with actions along the Tigris culminating in the relief of Kut in 1917. The Battalion then moved to Palestine.