The Battalion

The battalion was formed in September 1914 as the result of a public meeting held by Lord Derby at the Theatre Royal, St. Helens. After training at Bangor, Grantham and Larkhill they landed in France on 6 November 1915.

In 1916 they took part in the Somme Offensive when 30th Division succeeded in their objective of capturing Montauban.

In 1917 they saw action at Arras, Messines and Passchendaele.

In 1918 the battalion was effectively destroyed when the German attack in March cost over 400 men killed, wounded and missing. The battalion was reduced to a cadre, training newly arrived Americans, with most of the survivors being transferred to 19th Lancashire Fusiliers.