10 January 2012
North Staffordshire Regiment - 5th Battalion
This post is a snapshot of North Staffordshire Regiment enlistments into the 5th (Territorial Force) Battalion between 1908 and the end of 1914. The information has been compiled from surviving service and pension records in WO 363 and WO 364.
The 5th North Staffordshire Regiment was headquartered at Hanley. Prior to the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908 it had been designated the 1st Volunteer Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (since 1883) and before that, the 2nd Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers
89 (a former member of the 1st North Staffordshire Volunteer Battalion) joined on 14th April 1908
445 joined on 17th February 1909
1042 joined on 11th March 1910
1334 joined on 19th February 1911
1649 joined on 23rd January 1912
2146 joined on 18th March 1913
2414 joined on 18th February 1914
On the outbreak of war the disposition of companies was as follows:
A Company: Longton
B Company: Hanley
C Company: Burslem
D Company: Tunstall
E Company: Stoke on Trent, with a drill station at Hanley
F Company: Stafford
G Company: Newcastle-under-Lyme
H Company: Burton-on-Trent
The battalion was part of the Staffordshire Infantry Brigade of the North Midland Division in the Northern Command.
2590 joined on 11th August 1914
2919 joined on 3rd September 1914
3514 joined on 1st October 1914
A 2/5th Battalion was formed at Hanley on the 1st November 1914 and the 4th Battalion was now re-designated as the 1/4th Battalion.
3800 joined on 5th November 1914
3961 joined on 28th December 1914
A 3/5th Battalion was later formed in May 1915.
The photo on this post is borrowed from the Staffordshire Past-Track website and shows former 1/5th men at a reunion in 1927. 2/5th and 3/5th Battalion information courtesy of The Long, Long Trail website.
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