96th Regiment of Foot

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Known as The Manchester Regiment from 1881.


  • 1824 formed as 96th Regiment of Foot at Manchester
  • 1874 deemed to be successor of earlier 96th Regiment
  • 1881 united with 63rd Regiment of Foot to become 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment
  • 1958 amalgamated with the King's Regiment (Liverpool) to form the King's Regiment.
  • 2006 amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment to form the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's Lancashire and Border)

1st Garrison Battalion WW1

"Formed at Knowsley Park, Liverpool in September 1915 and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel H W K Bretherton, a retired Territorial Force officer. Composed of officers and men permanently unfit for active service but considered fit for garrison duty overseas. They left Prescot at 9.15pm on 24 February 1916, arriving Devonport at 10 am the following day. Sailed at 4.30pm on board Kinfauns with an escort of two destroyers. On 5 March they passed Alexandria and then on into the Suez Canal. Arrived Bombay, India on 14 March 1916. Moved to Fyzabad where they stayed until end July 1918. To Singapore… The Battalion returned to UK in December 1919 and was disbanded on 27 February 1920.” [1] HQ was initially based in Allahabad [2] A diary, including a description of the journey to India of a “unit of middle-aged and medically downgraded men”[3], and letters home may be found in 1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment, India, Singapore, Hong Kong & Siberia by Robert Bonner

External links

Historical books online


  1. 1st Garrison Battalion The Manchester Regiment tameside.gov.uk
  2. Forum post by Robert Bonner June 29, 2013 themanchesters.org
  3. Great War Forum post 20 January 2013 by 'themonsstar'