The 1/8th (Ardwick) Battalion
Aug 3rd. Germany declares war on France
Aug 4th. Britain declares war on Germany
Aug 21st. Kitchener asks for a 'New Army'
Aug 23rd. German advance is checked by the British at Mons
Oct 11th. Both sides 'Race to the sea'
Oct 12th. The first battle of Ypre begins
Dec 25th. A Christmas Truce is observed in some areas
Aug 4th. Receives orders for mobilisation at HQ Ardwick Green, Manchester
Aug 25th. Battalion moves to Hollingworth lake, Littleborough for training
Sept 5th. 8 Batt as part of 42nd Div, warned it will be the first TF overseas. Batt moves to Southampton
Sept 10th. Batt embarks for Alexandria, Egypt
Sept 25th. Arrive Alexandria for acclimatisation and training
Oct 19th. Embark for Cyprus
Oct 21st. Arrive Famaguster Harbour, Cyprus 8 Batt based in Nicosia
Nov 5th. 8th take part in the annexation of Cyprus
Jan. Russia asks for a diversionary attack to take pressure off them
Jan. Britain decides on naval action in the 'Dards'
Mar 10th. 2nd Battle of Ypre. First use of Gas.
Mar 25th. Allied troops land at Gallipoli
Sept. Offensives in Champagne and Loos. British use Gas for the first time
Dec. Britain withdraws from Gallipoli
Jan 21st. Arrive Alexandria, Egypt. Begin 3 months of Desert training
May 6th. Arrive in the Dardanelles, Cape Helles
June 4th. 8 Batt attack at Krithia
Aug 15th. 42nd Div down to 1/3rd strengthContinue to page 2