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A History of the 5th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment 1914-1919 - Paula Perry


The long-awaited history of the 5th Wiltshires by Paula Perry. Written in memory of her grandfather, who served in the Battalion throughout the war and survived the experience, and all those who did not survive. This is a thoroughly researched and well illustrated book.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION Paperback, 289 pages with 158 images, 27 maps, cemetery information, rolls of honour, gallantry awards and index. The titanic struggles on the Western Front now so dominate the popular view of the First World War that the fact that, as its name suggests, it was a global conflict is often forgotten. Men of the 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment served elsewhere; at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and on the North-West Frontier of India and in Persia, a series of gruelling campaigns in tough environments that cost more than 600 of its soldiers their lives either in battle or from disease. Yet in Wiltshire the unit, raised from the volunteers who rushed to join the colours amid the patriotic fervour of 1914, became \"The Forgotten Battalion\". Paula Perry has remedied this by writing the first ever history of the 5th Battalion. What began as an inquiry about her grandfather\'s First World War service at the regimental museum in Salisbury turned into a huge project that has taken years to complete. The book is a tribute to Paula\'s determination, diligent research and hard work. It is also a long overdue permanent record of the services of the soldiers of the 5th Wiltshires. It is no longer \"The Forgotten Battalion\".