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The 7th Btn. East Lancashire Regiment served with the 19th Division near the Hollandscheschurr Farm mines, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.




Those who served with the 7th Btn. East Lancashire Regiment

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Flint
  • Horace Lance Capt.
  • Townshend
  • H. R. L/Cpl. d.9th Jun 1917




    A Chaplain at Gallipoli: The Great War Diaries of Kenneth Best

    Gavin Roynon (Editor)


    Many chaplains were not permitted to go near the Front in the First World War - others insisted on doing so, like Kenneth Best in the Gallipoli Campaign. Best had no military training before the war but he felt that he could only fulfil his pastoral role by getting close to the front line and working with the troops under fire. Best was attached to the 42nd East Lancastrians - the first Territorial Army Division to serve overseas in the conflict, so arguably the least experienced in the ways of war. In his diary we follow his progress through his initial training in Egypt and on to his arrival in Gallipoli in May 1915. Gallipoli has become notorious, even by the standards of the First World War. After a naval campaign to open up a supply route to Russia through Turkey failed, some 480,000 Allied troops were drawn into a land invasion in which hundreds of thousands were injured or killed. In his diary, Best records his efforts to encourage frightened men before they go over the top, to




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