Apart from the men’s individual Service Records, Pension Records and Medal Rolls, a big part of the research effort involves finding and reading the War Diaries of the regiments and those of the Brigades and Divisions they belonged to.
Below is a set of war diaries that have been transcribed (at least partially):
- 1st Sherwood Foresters. May 1918.
- 9th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. May 1918.
- 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. 1915.
- 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. 1916.
- 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment. 1917.
- HM HT VITA. 1915 – 1916.
- HM HT VITA. 1917 – 1919.
- HM HT Guildford Castle. 1915.
- Mesopotamia Lines of Communication, ADMS Basra. 1916.
Below are a small number of personal diaries and accounts that have been transcribed:
- Lt. Charles Earsham Cooke’s personal diary covering his time at Gallipoli.
- Sgt. Thomas William Chisholm’s personal diary covering his capture and imprisonment during the 3rd Battle of the Aisne.
- Sydney Rogerson’s Between the Aisne and the Marne.
Additionally, the following book excerpts have been transcribed, (at least partially as they relate to the Battle of Krithia Vineyard):
- The 42nd (East Lancashire) Division, 1914-1918, by Frederick P.
- Military operations : Gallipoli. Vol. 2, May 1915 to the evacuation.
by Cecil Faber Aspinall-Oglander; A F Becke.
The following official war diaries have been used to create this web site. The links to download them from the National Archives is included (but there is a small fee required):
- Lines of Communication Troops. Hospital Ship, Vita (June 1917 – Dec 1918). WO 95/4152/1.
- Lines of Communication Troops. Hospital Ship, Vita (Jan – 1919 Dec). WO 95/4152/2.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: Assistant Director Medical Services (Nov 1916 – Nov 1917). WO 95/5238/4.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: Assistant Director Medical Services (Jan – 1916 Oct). WO 95/5238/3.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: Embarkation Commandant (1916 July – 1916 Sept). WO 95/5241/3.
- Lines of Communication Troops. Hospital Ship, Guildford Castle (1914 Nov – 1919 Jan). WO 95/4145/7.
3rd Battle of the Aisne:
- 24th Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (Jan 1 – 1918 May 31). WO 95/1718/4.
- 25th Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (Apr 1 – 1918 May 31). WO 95/1728/3.
- 23rd Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (Mar 1 – 1918 May 31). WO 95/1711/2.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: General Staff (May – June 1918). WO 95/1678/3.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Engineers (May 1918). WO 95/1691/3.
- Headquarters Branches and Services: Commander Royal Artillery (May – July 1918). WO 95/1686/2.
- Divisional Troops: Divisional Signal Company (1917 Dec 1 – 1919 May 31). WO 95/1701/5.
- 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (1914 Oct. – 1919 Apr). WO 95/1723/1.
- 22nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Pioneers) (1916 June – 1918 July). WO 95/1702/1.
- 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (1918 Feb – 1919 Apr). WO 95/1729/2.
- 24th Infantry Brigade: 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) (1918 Jan 1 – 1919 Apr 30). WO 95/1721/4.
- 8th Battalion Machine Gun Corps, (Mar 1918 – Mar 1919). WO 95/1702/4.
- 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (1915 Sept – 1918 Aug). WO 95/2246/1.
Pte Arthur Slater:
- 1/9 Battalion Manchester Regiment (1917 Mar – 1918 Feb). WO 95/2658/1.
Pte Edwin Slater, MM: