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Active 1908—1921
Country

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

  • Flag of England.svg England
Branch

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

Role Cyclists
Size Battalion
Engagements

World War I

Website 6th (Cyclist) Battalion The Norfolk Regiment
Commanders
Ceremonial chief Honorary Colonel Henry Tyrwhitt Stainforth Patteson VD

The 6th (Cyclist) Battalion The Norfolk Regiment was a cyclist unit of the British Army. The battalion was short lived and only saw service in World War I. The battalion was of many Territorial Force units that formed a duplicate battalion. Although the battalion saw short service, the unit they merged into remained around for many years to come.

HistoryEdit

In 1908, the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion The Norfolk Regiment was formed as part of the Territorial Force. The battalion was organised as follows:

  • Battalion Headquarters at Cattle Market Street, Norwich
  • A Company in Norwich
  • B Company in Great Yarmouth
  • C Company in King's Lynn and Terrington St Clement
  • D Company in Thetford and Attleborough
  • E Company in Fakenham, Walsingham, Holkham, Wells, and Ryburgh
  • F Company in Ditchingham
  • G Company in Watton and Swaftham
  • H Company in Norwich and Great Yarmouth

In 1910, the HQ moved to Cattle Market Street in Noriwch. In 1914, following the outbreak of World War I the battalion was expanded to form the 2/6th Battalion, a duplicate battalion.

Although the battalion and duplicate didn't see service, some of their members did, some volunteering for service in the Army Cyclist Corps units based in France.

1/6th

During the war, the 1/6th Battalion saw very little service. In August, the battalion was based in Norwich where it moved to coastal positions all around Norfolk. The battalion remained here until 1918 when it moved to Ireland.[1][2]

After moving to Ireland, the battalion was separated being based in; Tralee, Castle Mayo, and Randalstown.[3]

2/6th

In the war, the 2/6th Battalion saw no service being based in Bridlington in October 1914 where it remained until the 1917. In 1917, the battalion moved to Filey and Hunmandy, and in 1918 moved back to Bridlington.[1][2][3]

In 1920, the battalion was disbanded and concurrently reformed in 1920 following the disbandment and creation of the Territorial Army. Upon formation, the battalion was 4 companies in strength and based at Cattle Market Street, Norwich. Just a few months later, the battalion absorbed the 2/6th battalion and renamed as No. 2 Engineer Battalion East Anglian Divisional Engineers. A few months later, the battalion was reduced to company strength and renamed as the 1st Field Company East Anglian Divisional Engineers. In 1921, the company was finally disbanded and personnel moved to the 58th (Essex and Suffolk) Medium Brigade Royal Artillery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Long, Long Trail." The Long, Long Trail – Researching Soldiers of the British Army in the Great War of 1914-1919, www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/norfolk-regiment/.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Norfolk Regiment." www.warpath.orbat.com/regts/norfolks.htm.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Norfolk Regiment - Regiment History, War & Military Records & Archives." Discover The Military Ancestor In Your Family With Forces War Records, www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/276/norfolk-regiment.

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