1/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion - (1st Line Territorial)

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I came across this memorial plaque at Canterbury Cathedral but can't find too much about the battalion ..... :(

    The Kent Cyclist Battalion was one of fifteen units administered by The Territorial Army Association headed by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent. Other units included Yeomanry, Artillery, Fortress units of the Royal Engineers (Kent Fortress Royal Engineers), the 4th and 5th battalions of The Buffs, and the 4th and 5th battalions of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).The Kent Cyclist Battalion was formed in 1908 as part of the new Territorial Force, replacing the volunteers to form an effective properly trained and organised part-time army. The battalion was designed to defend the homeland against possible invasion when the regular army was sent overseas. The Kent Cyclist Battalion was one of the ten original territorial cyclist battalions in the country whose main role in wartime was to be in patrolling the UK coastline. This was soon changed when the regular army lost most of its manpower.
    The 1/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion comprised 8 companies some of which maintained small Troops in nearby towns and villages.

    http://www.kentfallen.com/PDF REPORTS/KENT CYCLISTS.pdf

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  2. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    In Memory of

    Kent Cyclist Battalion
    attd. 2nd Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
    who died age 26
    on 10 November 1918
    Son of the late Frank Schofield, M.D., and the late Anne Schofield (nee Traies), of London.

    Remembered with honour


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