Out Since 14: 2nd Monmouths in the Great War

By John Dixon

A History of the 1/2nd Battalion, The Monmouthshire Regiment 1914-19. The 2nd Monmouths, a battalion of Territorials from the Pontypool area of South Wales and one of the first to cross to France in 1914, served on the Western Front throughout the war. Suffering heavy casualties at Frezenberg Ridge (2nd Ypres) in May 1915, the Battalion went on, as Pioneers to the 29th Division, to fight on the Somme in 1916, at Arras, Ypres and Cambrai in 1917 and in the last year of the war, the battle of Estaires, Messines, Hazebrouck, Bailleul and Courtrai. In 1919, the 2nd Monmouths was the only Territorial battalion to march into Germany. This first class history is the result of many years of hard and dedicated work and includes a thirty page Roll of Honour, nominal rolls of officers and other ranks, records of Honours and Awards. The book contains more than fifty well chosen, and hitherto unpublished, photographs. Many selected from the collection belonging to the South Wales Borderers Museum. Others, taken by the author, show the battlefields fought over by the Battalion as they look today. Hardback 324 pages.

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