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An  excellent little resource with a roll of honour and list of those who served at Gallipoli.
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 January 1915 saw an increase in the 9th Battalions training. It was very strenuous, with long marches into the desert in full marching order in the blazing heat of the day. Lt. MAKIN wrote of the men " Our Ashton Lads have made fine soldiers, they swing along and stick at it, you will find none "fall out" by the way. They are a credit to their Town, are high spirited and are ready for fun or danger. This is the situation - We are 1500 and have taken the place of 8000 Regulars, and so we make a brave show in the face of a possible outbreak by Turkey. We are the 9th Manchesters, and that settles the matter!"

The amateurs had now become professional soldiers.


Published in the Reporter 16th January 1915.


Stalybridge Soldier's Letter From Cairo.

"We are at Abarscar, on the edge of the desert," writes Lance Corporal FRED ARMITAGE to his wife, Mrs. Armitage, of 29, Mount Street, Stalybridge. He is in the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment (Ashton) Territorials. In a previous letter he had told his wife they were going to Abarscar, and he goes on: - " We have just come off our first day's parade. We were out from eight o'clock till four o'clock under a blazing sun, with no shelter, and we marched from our barracks, which is just on the edge of the desert, to about six miles into the desert, where there is nothing in sight but sand. There we started our observations under the General staff at present, and we are under special training. We shall soon be 'going through it.' It is very hard work marching on sand, as it gives way beneath the feet. I happened to be on gate duty the other day when the Australians came in to water their horses. They are a fine body of men. One asked me to post a letter for him, and he gave me an English shilling. They have plenty of money. Three parts of them came out of the bush and off ranches. I have got their twang. It is all 'way down in Sydney and Melbourne.' The Australians are all mounted regiments, and they have some very fine horses. Thousands pass our barracks daily."

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