Huntingdon Cyclist Batallion - In memory of all who served part/whole of WW1 in this Batallion

Huntingdon Cyclist Batallion - In memory of all who served part/whole of WW1 in this Batallion

From https://m.thegazette.co.uk/all-notices/content/100706 The formation of a Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion was approved by the War Office in February 1914 (Gazette issue 28807). A number of NCOs and men from the two Huntingdonshire companies of the Bedfordshire Regiment were transferred to the new battalion. Eight companies were formed with headquarters in Godmanchester: two local and one in St Ives and Somersham, St Neots and Kimbolton, Ramsey and Warboys, Yaxley and Farcet and two in Fletton, Stanground and Peterborough. The Regimental Band was the original civilian Fletton Victoria Prize Band. The battalion had its only annual territorial camp in Skegness in July 1914. On 4 August, within days of returning, war was declared (Gazette supplement 28861) the battalion was mobilised and sent by train to Grimsby with 550 officers and men to patrol the coast between Scarborough and Grimsby. The battalion was moved to Scarborough in 1916, and to Whitby in June 1918. A 2nd battalion of cyclists was quickly formed and sent to Lincolnshire for coastal guard duties in October 1914. In spring of 1915, a 3rd battalion was authorised but unable to reach full strength, so it was disbanded, with the men who had been recruited being shared between the other two battalions. After 2 years of training and coastal patrols, the majority of the 1st Battalion were drafted to France on 28 July 1916 to serve in a reconnaissance role, and like all those who followed them, were rebadged to other regiments. The Huntingdonshire cyclists were never able to fight as a unit outside the UK and eventually men with no Huntingdonshire affiliations were drafted into the two battalions. With the end of the War on 11 November 1918 (Armistice Day), the 1st Battalion was stood down on 14 April 1919, and the 2nd Battalion on 12 December 1919. A year later it was reconstituted as the 5th (Huntingdonshire Battalion) the Northamptonshire Regiment. See also http://www.huntscycles.co.uk

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