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Catalog Number 1979.40.38
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Accession number 1979.40
Summary Mobilization- Mons- The Retreat: (The Queen's Own on August 4th, 1914; Mobilization; 1st Battalion crosses to France; Advance to Mons; In action on Mons- Conde Canal; The German attack; The Brandenburg Grenadiers meet the Queen's Own; Beginning of the retreat; Le Cateau; Retreat from Le Cateau; Action of Crepy en Valois; End of Retreat)

The Marne and Aisne: (Situation on September 6th; The British advance; Forcing the Petit Morin and Marne; Von Kluck's retreat; Advance to the Aisne; The passage of the Aisne; In trenches at Missy; Beginnings of trench-warfare)

La Bassee and Neuve Chapelle: (The move to Flanders; The advance against La Bassee; Held up at Vermelles; Under the Third Division; Stopping a gap; Withdrawal to Neuve Chapelle; The new position; German attacks renewed; The attack of October 27th; Neuve Chapelle lost; The counter-attack of October 28th; The stand at the cross-roads; Relieved; In line opposite Messines; Move to Ypres; The first experience of "The Salient")

Expansion: (The 2nd Battalion in India; The 3rd Battalion; Guard-finding and draft providing; Second Line Territorial battalions formed; 1/4th and 1/5th Battalions to India; Raising the "Service" battalion; The start of the 6th; The 7th Battalion formed; The 8th and 9th Battalions; The Volunteers)

The First Winter- Hill Sixty- Second Ypres: (Trench Warfare, 1914-1915; Wastage; In the Wulverghem Line; Moved to the Salient; Redressing the balance; Hill Sixty; The Assault; Consolidating the position; Resisting counter-attacks; Back into action; The gas attack; The counter-attack of April 23rd; Holding on; Hill 60 lost: the effort to recover it)

Mesopotamia in 1915: (2nd Battalion ordered to Mesopotamia; At Qurna; The move to Ahwaz; The operations in Arabistan; Amara; Move to the Euphrates; Nasiriya)

Trench Warfare, 1915: (The "New Armies" in France; The 6th Battalion at Ploegsteert; The 7th Battalion's move to France; 1st Battalion in Flanders: its move to the Somme; The 7th Battalion's first experience of active service)

Loos: (The 8th Battalion in training; Its move overseas; The attack at Loos; The Twenty-Fourth Division's task; The 8th Battalion's "baptism of fire": its losses; The 6th Battalion brought south; Gun trench; The attack of October 8th; The capture of Gun Trench; Trench warfare)

The Territorials in 1915- Suvla- New Battalions: (1/4th and 1/5th Battalions in India; Formation of the "Kent Battalion," renamed 2/4th; Move of 2/4th to Gallipoli; At Suvla; Move to Egypt; 3rd Battalion; Draft for 2nd Battalion sent to 7th R.D.F.; Formation of 10th, 11th, and 12th Battalions; 9th and 12th Battalions converted into Training Reserve Battalions)

From Loos to the Somme: (Lull on the Western Front; 1st Battalion at Arras; 6th Battalion at Givenchy; The fighting for the Hohenzollern Craters; 7th and 8th Battalions during first half of 1916; 10th and 11th Battalions in France)

Mesopotamia in 1916: (B and D Companies, 2nd Battalion, on the Tigris; Defence and capitulation of Kut al Amara; Sufferings of the prisoners; Headquarter wing of 2nd Battalion at Nasiriya; Butaniya; 2/4th Battalion in Egypt; The advance across Sinai)

The Somme: (Preparations; 7th Battalion on July 1st; 6th Battalion at Ovillers la Boisselle; 7th Battalion at Trones Wood; The defence of Trones Wood; 1st Battalion at High Wood; The attack on Switch Trench; 1st Battalion at Longueval; 8th Battalion at Guillemont; The defence of Delville Wood; 6th Battalion back in the line; The fighting for Ration Trench; September on the Somme; 1st Battalion again in action; Falfemont Farm and Leuze Wood; The Tank attack of September 15th; The 10th and 11th Battalions at Flers; The 7th Battalion at Thiepval; The fight for the Schwaben Redoubt; The attack of October 7th: the 10th and 11th Battalions at Le Sars, the 6th at Guedecourt; The 7th's last fight on the Somme: Desire Trench; The 7th's losses on the Somme)

From the Somme to Arras: (The close of the Somme; 1st Battalion at Givenchy: the raid of February 10th; 6th Battalion at Blangy: the Arras front; 7th Battalion on the Ancre: the attack of February 14th; 8th Battalion in the Loos salient; At Lens; 10th and 11th Battalions in Flanders: raids and bombardments)

Arras: (The Spring offensive; 1st Battalion on the Vimy Ridge; 6th Battalion at Observation Ridge: Monchy le Preux; Advance by 8th Battalion; Offensive continued: 1st Battalion on April 23rd: Attack of May 3rd: 6th Battalion at Gun Trench: 7th Battalion at Cherisy: 1st Battalion at Oppy; End of the offensive: 6th Battalion: 1st Battalion)

Messines: (The Flanders offensive - The 8th Battalion in the Spring of 1917 - The battle of Messines; the 10th and 11th Battalions in action; the 8th Battalion consolidate. The 11th Battalion's attack on Optic Trench. the 7th Battalion move to Flanders; The 1st and 6th Battalions on the Arras front; Preparing for the new offensive; the 3/4th Battalion selected for service in France)

Third Ypres: (The beginning of the new offensive: the 10th and 11th Battalions attack astride the Canal; Hollebeke taken; Consolidating under difficulties; Unfavourable weather as a cause of delay; The 7th Battalion at Stirling Castle; The 8th Battalion at Inverness Copse; the German counterattack of September 8th and its repulse; The attack resumed; the 11th Battalion on September 20th; Tower Hamlets taken; the 10th Battalion in action; The 11th's honours)

Third Ypres - continued: (The 1st Battalion's return to the Salient; The German attack of October 3rd repulsed; October 4th: a successful advance; The 7th Battalion in action again; The attack on Pelcapelle: mud the chief obstacle. The 3/4th Battalion in the Salient. The 1st Battalion's second attack (October 26th); A disastrous day)

Infantry Hill: (The 6th Battalion in the Monchy sector; The tactical situation; The loss of Long Trench; Long Trench retaken; The attack on Hook trench: the Germans driven back; The raid on Strap and Buckle Trenches)

Cambrai: (The Tank attack; The Hindenburg Line broken; The 6th take Lateau Wood; Major Alderman's death; Holding on under difficulties: an unsatisfactory situation; The counter-attack of November 30th; the stand at Battalion Headquarters: the front line companies overwhelmed; The Germans checked; The 6th nearly wiped out: the task of reconstruction)

Palestine and Mesopotamia in 1917: (The Eastern theatres in 1917; The 2/4th move up to the front; The first attack on Gaza: the demonstration along the coast; The second attack: the capture of Samson ridge; The checkmate on the Gaza front; The fresh attack; Beersheba taken; The fighting for Hill 1250; The advance up the Hebron Road; Jerusalem taken; The storming of Tel Aziziye Ridge; The 5th Battalion on active service: its arrival at Baghdad; The 2nd Battalion transferred to the Tigris)

Italy: (Caporetto and its consquences; The Forty-First Division moved to Italy; The march across Lombardy; In line on the Piave; The Fifth Division in Italy; The recall to France)

The Last Winter: (The "man-power" problem; The 6th Battalion at Fleurbaix: raids and counter-raids: The 7th at Houthulst Forest: its move to the Oise; The reduction of brigades to three battalions: its grave disadvantages; The 8th at Hargicourt: its move to Vadencourt; The 3/4th broken up)

The German Attack: (The German attack of March 21st; The 7th Battalion overwhelmed: the defence of Durham Post. The retreat of the Eighteenth Division: rear-guard actions; The remnant of the 7th moved round to Amiens and amalgamated with the 12th Entrenchment Battalion; The attack on the 8th Battalion: the Germans held up at Vadencourt; The Twenty-Fourth Division forced back; Across the Somme; The stand at Fonches Cross-roads; Back to the Amiens Defence Line; The German advance stayed; The 8th's achievement)

The German Attack: (The disbanding of the 11th Battalion: its record; The 10th thrown into the fight; The stand at Vaulx- Vraucourt: the battalion overwhelmed; The 6th Battalion brought down from Flanders; The stand on the Ancre; Aveluy Wood; The Germans held up; The reconstituted 7th in action again; The defense of Amiens; The fighting round Hangard; Villers-Bretonneux; A successful counter-stroke; What the 7th went through)

The Channel Ports in Danger and the Last Summer: (The return of the 1st Battalion; The German offensive on the Lys; The Fifth Division at Nieppe Forest; The advance stopped; The counter-stroke at Plate Becque: a fine achievement; The 6th on the Albert front: the attack at Bouzincourt; The 7th reconstructed; The 8th back at Lens; The 10th in Flanders again)

Turning the Tables: (August 8th, 1918: the turn of the tide; The work of the Third Corps; The 7th's attack; The 6th at Morlancourt: Sergeant Harris' V.C.; The battlefront shifted; The Third Army strike at Bapaume; The 1st Battalion at Irles and the advance of the Fourth Army from the Ancre: the 6th and 7th in action; Trones Wood again; The capture of Saillisel; The Germans driven back to the Hindenburg Line)

Preparing fro the Decisive Blow: (The 8th Battalion at Lens: the defence of Dean's Post; Another V.C.; Preparing to break the Hindenburg Line; The 6th and 7th at Epehy: a stubborn resistance; The 1st at Gouzeaucourt; The battle spreads to Flanders: the 10th's advance on Menin)

Through the Hindenburg Line: (The attack on the Cambrai- St. Quentin's front; The 6th reach the Canal; The advance past Cambrai: the 8th join in: Awoignt and Haussy; The 1st Battalion on the Selle; The 7th at Le Cateau: the attacks of October 23rd and 26th; The First Army on the move: the 6th Battalion's advance from Lens to St. Amand; Colonel Dawson wounded again; The 10th in the advance to the Scheldt)

The Last Battle: (The German defence weakening; The last big attack; The 8th at Bavai; The 1st near Maubeuge; The 7th in Mormal Forest; The 10th's last fight; The Armistice)

Eastern Theatres in 1918: (The 2/4th's last actions; The "Indianization" of the Army in Palestine; The 2/4th broken up; A quiet time for the 2nd and 5th Battalions; The advance on Tekrit; The passage of the Fattah Gorge; The 5th in action; Qalat Shergat: a fine attack; The Turkish surrender; The 5th at Mosul)

Demobilization: (After the Armistice; The Army of Occupation; Colonel Dawson's death; The 1st reduced to cadre and brought home; Its reconstruction; The return of the 2nd Battalion; The 3rd disembodied; The 1/4th gets a chance in Afghanistan: its return; The 5th in garrison in Mesopotamia: it comes home; The end of the 7th and 8th Battalions: their records; The 6th and 10th on the Rhine: their disbandment and their achievements; The War Memorial: its unveiling; The laying up of the colours)

Appendices: (The Depot and the Comforts and Prisoners of War Funds; The Roll of Honour; Honours, Rewards and Decorations; Mentions in Dispathes; Units of The Queen's Own and their Commanding Officers)

Maps and Sketch Plans: (The Western Front; Mesopotamia; Area Round Mons; Position on Mons- Conde Canal; The British Right at Le Cateau; Crepy en Valois; The Advance across the Marne and Ourcq; Missy sur Aisne; Area W. and N.W. of La Bassee; Neuve Chapelle; Hill; Nasiriya; Hulluch and Bois Hugo; Gun Trench; Suvla; Hohenzollern Craters; Kut el Amara; Butaniya; Montauban; The Ovillers Front; The Attack of July 3rd, 1916; Trones Wood; High Wood; Delville Wood and Falfemont Farm; Trenches near Pozieres; N.E. Portion of the Somme Battlefield; Schwaben Redoubt; Positions between Thiepval and Miraumont; The Givenchy Raid; The Vimy Ridge; Observation Ridge- April 9th, 1917; Positions N.E. of Monchy; Cherisy; Messines; The Attack of July 31st, 1917; Tower Hamlets Ridge; The Menin Road; Poelcapelle; Infantry Hill; Cambrai; Gaza and Beersheba; Moy; The Retreat of the 7th R.W.K.; Vadencourt; Operations of 8th R.W.K., March, 1918; Vaulx-Vraucourt; Operations of the 6th R.W.K. on the Ancre; Villers-Bretonneux; Plate Becque; Bouzincourt; Area Between the Ancre and the Somme; Attack of the 7th R.W.K., August 8th, 1918; Area N.W. of Bapaume; Epehy-Pfeizieres; The Lens Area; Gouzeaucourt; Area E. of Cambrai; The Selle; HECQ; The Advance from Lens; The Advance Across the Scheldt; Country N.E. of Jerusalem; Qalat Shergat

List of Photographs: Major-General Sir Edmund Leach, K.C.B.; Brig-General A. Martyn and Brig.-General S.H. Pedley; Major M.P. Buckle; Colonel C. N. Watney and Colonel F. A. Frazer; Colonel P. M. Robinson and Lieut.-Col. H.D. Buchanan-Dunlop; Lieut.-Col.E. F. Venables and Colonel E. Vansittart; Colonel R. J. Woulfe-Flanagan and Colonel A. T. F. Simpson; Lieut.-Col. J. T. Twisleton-Wykehamfiennes and Lieut.-Col. J. C. Parker; Lieut.-Col. A. F. Townshend; Colonel A. Wood Martyn and Lieut. Col. A. C. Corfe; Lieut.-Col. L. H. Hickson and Lieut.-Col. B. Johnstone; Captain (A/Lieut.-Col) W.J. Alderman; Bt.-Major (T/Lieut.-Col.) N. I. Whitty and Lieut.-Col. H. J. Wenyon; Sergt T. J. Harris; Lieut. D. J. Dean; Lieut. C. H. Sewell; Bt.-Major (T/Lieut.-Col.) W. R. A. Dawson; The Unveiling of the Cenotaph

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Title The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment - 1914-1919
Author Atkinson, C. T.
Published Date 1924
Publisher Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent
Published Place London
Subjects British
OCLC Number 11579759
Library of Congress Control Number 24014608