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1/18th Battalion in the First World War.

In 1973, Mr Sidney F Major finally completed the writing of the First World War History of the 1/18th Battalion, London Regiment, a copy of which was passed to the Regimental Museum.

During the current period of commemorating the centenary of the actions of the 1st Battalion, London Irish Rifles during the Great War, we are delighted to be able to add here a transcribed copy of this history.

This remarkable narrative allows readers to follow the details of the Battalion from its mobilisation in early August 1914 to its return from France during 1919.

A fully referenced and illustrated copy of SF Major's book can be found at the Imperial War Museum.

You can read the full war time history of the 1/18th Battalion by clicking on the links below:


CHAPTER 1 - AUGUST 1914 to AUGUST 1915.

Mobilisation and Training Period in England.

In France, Readying for Action.

Into Battle at Givenchy and Festubert.

Manning the Trenches near Loos.


CHAPTER 2 - SEPTEMBER 1915.

Preparing for the Battle of Loos.

Over The Top.

Relief at Last.


CHAPTER 3 - OCTOBER to DECEMBER 1915.

In and Out of the Line at Loos.

In Reserve.

Christmas at the Hohenzollern Redoubt.


CHAPTER 4 - JANUARY to MAY 1916.

Last few weeks at Loos.

In Reserve and Training for Future Action.

Southward to Vimy.

Defensive Positions on the Lorette Heights.


CHAPTER 5 - 21st to 25th MAY 1916.

Action on Vimy Ridge.


CHAPTER 6 - JUNE to AUGUST 1916.

In the Line in the Vimy Area.

Training for the Somme.


CHAPTER 7 - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1916.

High Wood.

Eaucourt L'Abbaye.


CHAPTER 8 - OCTOBER 1916 to APRIL 1917.

To Ypres.

Continuing in the Line at Ypres.


CHAPTER 9 - 7th APRIL 1917.

Ypres - the Raid.


CHAPTER 10 - APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 1917.

In and out of the line at Ypres - Spring arrives.

Messines Ridge and Aftermath.

Conclusion of the Battalion's work in the Salient.


CHAPTER 11 - OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 1917.

Return to Arras area.

Into the Line.

Defensive actions at Bourlon Wood.


CHAPTER 12 - DECEMBER 1917 TO MARCH 1918.

Flesquieres.


CHAPTER 13 - MARCH TO APRIL 1918.

The German Advance Across The Somme.


CHAPTER 14 - APRIL TO LATE AUGUST 1918.

In Action Near Albert.


CHAPTER 15 - LATE AUGUST TO THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER 1918.

The Happy Valley Attack.


CHAPTER 16 - MID SEPTEMBER 1918 TO 1919.

The Last Phase and Demobilisation.


CHAPTER 17.

Final Words.