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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
1914-1918
The Salford Brigade Committee
The raising and equipping of the 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th and 21st
Battalions by the Salford Brigade Committee are such a typical
example of the two English characteristics of improvisation and
voluntary effort that a short description of that body's activities
should be included in this narrative.
The committee was formed in September, 1914, at the request of
Mr. (later Sir) Montague Barlow, M.P. , in order that the work of
raising units in Salford might be as public and representative as
possible; it consisted at first of Mr. Barlow as chairman, Alderman
Linsley, Councillor Higson, Mr. H. Roberts and Mr. G. Howarth.
with Alderman
I.
Frankenberg as treasurer and Mr. G. C. Mandleberg
as honorary secretary. At the outset it undertook, at the request of
the War Office, to make all arrangements for raising, clothing,
housing and feeding the troops.
It
even saw to their payment. The
War Office allowed grants for uniform, clothing and kits amounting
to £8 10S. 3ld. for each man, but the contracts were so well placed
that the actual expenditure was only £7 17s. 7d. a head, with a
total saving to Army funds of £4,032 12S. Id. The committee's
expenditure on camp construction, camp equipment, camp and
office administration totalled £67,908 for the four active Salford
battalions, with an additional sum of £3,556 for messing and
billeting in the case of the 19th and 20th Battalions. When lack of
field kitchens (which the Army authorities could not produce at
once) was limiting the amount of time which the battalions could
spend out of camp on the training areas, Sir George Agnew, Bart.,
M.P., Mr. C. C. Goodwin and Messrs. Mather
&
Platt, Ltd., each gave
one through the committee. Mr. G. C. Mandleberg raised funds for
a fourth; and a fifth was presented jointly by the Irwell and
Eastern Rubber Company, Charles Macintosh and Company,
Richard Howarth and Company (half the contribution being paid
by the employees) and Alderman
I.
Frankenberg.
But the committee's activities covered a wider field than merely
filling the gaps which had to be left by the authorities.
It
decided to
raise funds for certain expenses which the War Office could not, in
those days, be expected to meet, at any rate in full-such as bands,
additional medical appliances, dental outfits, sports gear, camp
cinematograph and the like. A guarantee fund of about £1,200
was raised. When its purpose had been fulfilled, the ultimate
balance was transferred to the Salford Brigade Benevolent Fund,
formed on the lines of the Regimental Compassionate Fund to meet
cases of need among dependants for which no adequate government
grant or pension was available. This last work provided the com–
mittee with scope for much useful work after its initial purpose of
raising and administering the troops had been fulfilled.
The Salford Brigade maintained its own recruiting stations at
Regent Road, Salford, at Pendleton Town Hall and in Eccles,
Swinton and Walkden, which were handed over to the ordinary
recruiting organization in August, 1915. A permanent depot for the