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THE EXPANSION OF THE ARMY
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training, including tours of several days in opposing trenches under
active service conditions with raids, was soon well in hand.
In October, 1916, the battalion moved to Barry Docks in
Glamorganshire, where it remained (with a detachment at Swansea
during 1918) until it was "wound up" in February, 1919, being
formally disembodied in June of that year, when it received an
appreciative letter from Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, then
Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain, in which he said
that the high standard of the drafts sent overseas by it , due to the
hard work of all concerned, contributed materially to the splendid
achievements of the battalions which fought under his command.
One who was especially responsible for the good reputation of the
battalion was Quartermaster and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel
A. W. Smith, whose forty-three years' service in the Regiment
ended with twenty-one years as quartermaster of the 4th Battalion.
The drafts sent overseas by the battalion comprised the follow–
ing:-
Year
Officers Other ranks
1914- 15
47
1,601
1916
60
1,383
19 1 7
49
1,400
1918
II5
1,735
Totals
27 1
6,II9
5TH RESERVE BATTALION
This unit came into being when the 3rd/Sth Battalion became
a fighting unit in the spring of 1915. Originally intended to find
drafts for the 1st/5th, 2nd/5th and 3rd/5th Battalions and at first
used for that purpose, thereby being assured of continued exist ence
as an independent unit, it later sent reinforcements to man
battalions within and without the Regiment, though no figures of its
"output" are available.
Its early days were spent in billets at Southport in Lancashire.
I t moved at the end of 1915 to Codford in Wiltshire and thence to
Witley in Surrey in the spring of 1916. After a few weeks near
Oswestry, it went back to Southport again in the autumn of that
year, moving to Ripon in January, and to the race-course at
Scarborough in April of 1917. It remained there till the end of the
war.
6TH RESERVE BATTALION
This unit was the result of an amalgamation, which took place
at Codford in the summer of 1916, of the 3rd/6th, 3rd/7th and 3rd/8th
Battalions, these units having been formed in 1915 to find drafts for
the first and second lines of the 6th, 7th and 8th Battalions. As in
the case of the 5th Reserve Battalion, it eventually despatched
drafts to many battalions and regiments. Like that battalion, it
was stationed at Southport (where for a time it enjoyed the lUXury