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The South Staffordshire Regiment

The 8th (Service) Battalion; The South Staffordshire Regiment was raised at Lichfield in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Second New Army and joined 51st Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division.

/media/ww1/library/140804_230_staffsreg.jpgThe 8th (Service) battalion, South Staffs was part of the 17th Northern Division, 51st Brigade. After initial training close to home, the Battalion moved to Wareham, Dorset to continue training, moving to West Lulworth and then to Wool in January 1915. In June 1915, they moved to the Winchester area.

The division had been selected for Home Defence duties, but this was reversed and they proceeded to France in July 1915 concentrating near St Omer. They moved into the Southern Ypres salient for trench familiarisation and then took over the front lines in that area.

In the spring of 1916 they were in action at the Bluff, south east of Ypres on the Comines canal then moved south to The Somme seeing action during The Battle of Albert in which the Division captured Fricourt and The Battle of Delville Wood.

In 1917 they moved to Arras and saw action in The First and Second Battles of the Scarpe and The Capture of Roeux. In late summer they moved to Flanders and fought in The First and Second Battles of Passchendale.

On the 23rd of February 1918 the battalion was disbanded in France with men transferring to the 2/6th and 7th Battalions of the South Staffordshire Regiment and the 7th Entrenching Battalion.




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