St Helens Central Library is set to host a poignant and historic lecture on the incredible journey of one local army regiment during the First World War.
The 6th South Lancashire Regiment was raised in the St Helens and
Warrington areas in response to Lord Kitchener’s call to arms for 100,000
Placed in the 38th Brigade with three other Lancashire Battalions, the 6th
fought at Gallipoli and then, in February 1916, was sent on to Mesopotamia,
an area which covers modern-day Iraq, Kuwait and a small corner of Syria.
There the regiment struggled through icy winds and hostile terrain in a
desperate attempt to relieve the siege of Kut, a British-Indian garrison
town caught in a battle of attrition with the Ottoman Army.
The talk will be delivered by Major Paul Knight, a serving army officer who
has a PhD in History from the University of Liverpool, a year studying
Arabic at the Defence School of Languages, and two operational tours of
duty in Iraq in 2005 and 2007
Major Knight is currently coordinating the Armed Forces’ WWI commemorations
across the North West, which his talk, entitled ‘Merseyside to Mesopotamia:
6th Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment, 1916 – 1918’ is part of an
account contained within the broader narrative of his own publication ‘The
British Army in Mesopotamia, 1914 – 1918’.
Entry is free and is taking place in Central Library’s Local History and
Archives Room on Tuesday 26 May, 2pm – 3:30pm.