Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Men Behind the Medals

W. Royle

W. Royle :

W. Royle : 1914 Star

1914 Star

Unfortunately we don't know this man's first name or anything about his early life or family.

He joined the Manchester Regiment in early 1903 and was given the service number 8759. We don't know anything about his service until the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

The 1st Battalion of the Manchester Regiment were serving in India when the war began. They quickly set sail for France and arrived in late September. By early November they were in the front line at Picantin.

This man arrived in France on the 9th November and joined the 1st Battalion. This suggests he was an Army Reservist. Most soldiers joined the Army as a Regular soldier for a fixed period, usually 7 years. They would then be transferred to the Army Reserve, usually for 5 years. This meant they lived as civilians, with homes, jobs and families, but they could be called back to the Army in an emergency.

Reservists had been called up when the war began. Some were used to bring battalions up to full strength, and the rest were sent out to replace casualties.

We know very little about the rest of this man's war. A note in his record tells us that he was discharged at some point. He then re-enlisted in the Army.

This man did become a member of a Territorial Force unit of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in mid 1916. He was given the service number 5448. We don't know which he joined.

He survived the war, but the rest of his life remains a mystery. His medal was donated to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in March 2006.

As well as his 1914 Star, this man also received the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal. He may also have been awarded the '5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914' clasp for his 1914 Star.

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