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honour to their cadres and their Colours when these returned to
In I9I4, the Regiment had eight battalions. By the middle of
I9I5, it had twenty-six battalions in being. Its zenith came in the
last few months of I9I7, when twenty-one of its battalions were
actively engaged in France and Flanders and one, the I2th, in
Macedonia. Then came a series of disbandments and amalgamations
due to the heavy losses of the Third Battle of Ypres and the lack of
reinforcements to take their place, until at the time of the Armistice
there were fourteen battalions in France and Flanders, the only
theatre of war in which the Regiment was then represented. By the
natural processes of demobilization, the number of active battalions
dwindled by the end of I9I9 to three-the Ist in the United Kingdom,
the 2nd in India, and the I6th on the Rhine. From this nadir, the
Regiment rose again in the summer of I920 with the revival of the
four original Territorial battalions; but this period lies outside the
scope of this work.
In the years I9I4-I9I9, members and ex-members of the Regi-
ment earned the following honours and awards :–
Victoria Cross ...
Knight Commander of the Bath
Companion of the Bath
Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George
Companion of St. Michael and St. George ...
Commander of the British Empire
Officer of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order (including clasps)
Member of the British Empire
Military Cross (including clasps)
Air Force Cross
Albert Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal (including clasps)
Military Medal (including clasps)
Meritorious Service Medal
Foreign decorations
Nlentions in Despatches and names brought to the
notice of the Secretary of State for War
The cost in lives was I3,642 all ranks killed and died of wounds
and disease. "Live happie spirits, th' honour of your name, and
the world with never dying fame!" The number of other casualties
cannot be ascertained.
These lives, these casualties, the deeds which earned these
honours and awards, and many other unrecorded deeds which had
to be their own reward, all together made the story which has been
told in this work and earned for the Regiment lasting recognition
from the rest of the Army, from the Senior Service with which it was
so proud to be associated at Gallipoli, from the County Palatine of
Lancaster, and from far and wide, of its right to its motto:-