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of having three regimental serjeant-majors on its books as a survival
from the amalgamation), Ripon and Scarborough. While at the
latter it had certain coast defence duties. With this task in addition
to the training of recruits (many of them under 18 years of age), the
despatch of reinforcements and the reception of all the officers and
men invalided home from the six battalions it had been formed to
feed, its staff and orderly room found their hands full, as did the
officers' mess, which varied in strength from 30 to 100, often at the
shortest notice.
In the spring of 1918 the battalion moved to Bridlington, where
it remained until it was disembodied.
This unit was formed as an offshoot of the 3rd Battalion at Hull
on 5th December, 1914, and went the same day to Chesterfield, its
subsequent moves being to Lichfield in April, 1915, to Rugeley in
November, 1915, and to Brockton in Staffordshire in December,
1915. Between July, 1915, and March, I916, it sent the following
totals of reinforcements to the oversea destinations shown, though
it is known to have sent drafts to other battalions also :-
1st Lancashire Fusiliers ...
1st/6th Lancashire Fusiliers
9th Lancashire Fusiliers
loth Lancashire Fusiliers
11th Lancashire Fusiliers
British Expeditionary Force
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
As time went on its connexion with the Regiment became more
and more merely nominal.
When the first three Salford battalions (I5th, 16th and 19th)
were raised, a fifth ("E") company was added to each and was later
left behind at Conway, in North Wales, when the battalions moved
to Catterick. These "E" Companies were then grouped to form the
21st (Reserve) Battalion of the Regiment, with the role of finding
drafts for the 15th, 16th and 19th Battalions, and was allowed to use
"5th Salford" as its sub-title. At one time stationed at Prees Heath,
in Shropshire, where in March, 1916, it had a strength of 1,059, it
later became merged with the 72nd Training Reserve Battalion and
lost its connexion with the Regiment.
This was formed of men from various sources, to act as a draft–
finding unit. Like the 21st Battalion, it was for a time at Prees
Heath, where its strength
March, 1916, was 1,157.
over 700 men to the 4th Battalion in August, 1917, after which no
further link between it and the Regiment can be traced.