History of the Manchester Regiment (63rd and 96th Regiments): Volumes I (1758-1883) and II (1883-1922)

Wylly, H. C.

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Num Pages: 680 pages, 11ill.11col.ill. BIC Classification: JWTR. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 246 x 189 x 46. Weight in Grams: 1452. . 2005. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory #

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Volume I

1758. Britain is locked into the Seven Years War.

A French invasion was feared.

In preparation for this, a request was put forth to the Parliament for the formation of more regiments.

Colonel H. C. Wylly, C.B neatly compiles the history of The Manchester Regiment, from its earliest conception in 1758, through to 1883. The history of this powerful regiment is filled with battles and victories.

The men’s strength, courage and dedication are captured in this monumental piece of work.

Despite the relative infancy of the Regiment, the men were called upon in the battle against France. There was no holding back, the men were fully armed and prepared for the battle that was to come.

Further action came during the American War of Independence including the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Wylly, in this historical account provides the reader with a sense of importance that surrounded the 63rd Regiment, despite having been newly formed. The Regiment’s loses are also meticulously detailed.

However, Wylly also shows the regiment’s darker side. Around 1770, a significant rise in crime saw the expulsion or imprisonment of several men.

In 1798 Britain faced a different war with France, and fresh fears of invasion.

Further regiments were formed. Among them, the 96th Regiment of Foot, which would later be merged with the 63rd to form the Manchester Regiment.

Initially formed as the Minorca Regiment, it consisted of German Speaking Spanish prisoners of war.

Famous for withstanding the powerful French Cavalry at the Battle of Alexandria, the Minorca regiment earned accolade after accolade.

Also included are the actual communications that were sent in relation to the movements of the regiment, instructions and orders from the King, as well as the Court’s opinion on the crimes committed.

Volume II

From the fields of South Africa to the shell holes of Flanders, the Manchester Regiment fought hard.

The history of this famous regiment continues with further accounts of its battles and victories, including the roles they played in the Boer War in South Africa and the Great War.

Two Manchester Regiment battalions served during the Boer War.

Fighting with the Imperial Light Horse, the Manchesters launched a major assault on the Boers.

For their actions in in this assault two privates of the Manchester Regiment were honoured with the Victoria Cross.

When the world was plunged into the Great War, the Manchester Regiment fought in the trenches of the Western Front and bled in the dust of Mesopotamia and Palestine.

It was a long and hard fought war, but the Regiment’s resilience and determination was duly noted by command.

After the First World War the 1st Battalion were stationed in Ireland. The was over, but the fighting was not...

In addition to the all-encompassing account of the wars fought in by the Regiment, Wylly includes information on the colours, badges, regulations – including the regulation hair style what facial hair could or could not be shaved.

Praise for the History of the Manchester Regiment

‘A monumental work’ - Major-General Sir Vere B. Fane

Harold Carmichael Wylly (1859-1932) was a British colonel and military historian. Colonel Wylly published a number of military-based books, including a biography of Sir Joseph Thackwell. His later works specialised in the First World War. Colonel Wylly served in many wars including the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Second Boer War.

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Book Description 2005. N&M Press reprint (original pub 1923-25). 2 vols. SB. xiv + 293 & xiv + 359pp with 11 colour plates (nine of uniform) & 11 maps & plans (five in colour)Published Price £48 This is a history of three regiments: Vol I The 63rd and 96th Foot; Vol II The Manchester Regiment. The 63rd began as 2nd Battalion 8th Foot in 1756; in 1758 it became a separate regiment, was numbered 63 and almost immediately sent to Guadeloupe with an expedition against the French. Subsequently it fought in the American War of Independence, in Flanders and the ill-fated Walcheren expedition, in the Crimea, India and Burma and the 2nd Afghan War, gaining fifteen battle honours in all. The 96th, raised in 1824, was the sixth regiment to have that number, taking the Egyptian and Peninsular honours of its immediate predecessor, 96th QueenÕs Own, disbanded in 1818. It fought in the First Maori War adding the battle honour ÒNew ZealandÓ to the other two. Volume II is concerned with the regular battalions of The Manchester Regiment which came into being in 1881 with the Cardwell Reforms, when the 63rd and 96th were paired to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions respectively of the new regiment. Both battalions fought in the S African war and in 1900 two more regular battalions, 3rd and 4th, were formed, both were in the S African war and both were disbanded in 1906. In the Great War there were 42 battalions but this volume deals only with the 1st and 2nd Battalions. The 1st served with the 3rd (Lahore) Division on the Western Front, in Mesopotamia and Palestine, the 2nd on the Western Front from Mons to the Armistice, first with 5th Division, and then from the end of 1915 with the 32nd Division.The final chapter provides comprehensive and historically valuable details for the three regiments on uniforms, Colours, badges, weapons, equipment, followed by several useful and interesting appendices. There is correspondence (1922-23) requesting the restoration of the Fleur de Lys cap badge of the 63rd Ft to replace the much disliked Manchester City Coat of Arms cap badge, a badge which was worn by "every worker in the employment of the City corporation.Ó (request approved). There is the succession of Colonels and an alphabetical roll of regimental officers from 1758 to 1923 showng dates of service with the Regiment, dates of promotion and date and reason for being struck off. The list of Honours and Awards, including foreign, is for all three regiments, Incidentally the heading for the Order of the British Empire should read "Most ExcellentÓ; the names listed here do not indicate which of the five grades was awarded. Citations of 14 VC awards are given. Officers of the 1st and 2nd Battalions killed in action in the Great War are shown by name, for the rest there is a table summarising the total dead by battalions, giving an overall figure of 14,122 of whom 723 were officers: the total number of casualties of all types numbered some 45,000. Bookseller Inventory # 8146

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