GALLANTRY AWARDS TO THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 1914-18
GALLANTRY AWARDS TO THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 1914-18
GALLANTRY AWARDS TO THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 1914-18
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GALLANTRY AWARDS TO THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 1914-18

BY: PETER.LITTLEWOOD  M.B.E.


This book provides an invaluable history into the sixteen battalions raised by the Gloucestershire Regiment during the Great War, using unit war diaries to chart their moves about the war's various theatres. And it examines the gallantry awards won by their officers and men, quoting form citations which do not simply illustrate individual acts of bravery, but tell us so much about the war as a whole. The difference “big men” (whatever their stature in feet and inches) made to battle.


This book provides an invaluable history into the sixteen battalions raised by the Gloucestershire Regiment during the Great War, using unit war diaries to chart their moves about the war's various theatres. And it examines the gallantry awards won by their officers and men, quoting form citations which do not simply illustrate individual acts of bravery, but tell us so much about the war as a whole. We can begin to understand how the German tide was stemmed in March 1918 when we read of Captain M A James earning his Victoria Cross: ”He was last seen working a machine gun single handed, having been wounded for the third time” We can see good stretcher-bearers were so greatly respected. Private F J Wilkinson, a stretcher-bearer on the Somme, won his DCM for carrying wounded “across the open under heavy shell fire to a dressing station, over a mile in the rear”. He did it not once, but so often that his conduct was noticed by several officers. And we can understand what a difference “big men” (whatever their stature in feet and inches) made to battle when we consider Company Sergeant Major W Biddle MC, DCM and bar, MM and bar, the regiment's most decorated soldier, who won his MC during a raid for which he volunteered despite his commanding officer's assertion that he had already done enough. There is a full listing of all Gallantry awards to each Battalion including MSM's AND MID's and also an Alphabetical List of all Officers who served with the regiment during the War.

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