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The Royal Berkshire Regiment Great War Project

The Great War Project started in 1992 with an extra-mural course at the University of Reading run by the late Colin Fox. This covered the activities of three Battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regiment in the Great War, the 5th, 6th and 8th which had been formed as a result of Kitchener's appeal for volunteers and which fought on the Western Front. Several members of the course, along with Colin, decided to continue and formed The Kitchener Battalions Project when the course concluded and published four books documenting their findings.

The team went on to produce two more books recording the 1st and 2nd (Regular) Battalions and then turned to the Maiwand campaign. Following that John Chapman documented the 7th Battalion in Salonika. The project evolved to cover other men from Berkshire who served in the Great War and the war memorials that have been established across the county to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.In addition we have introduced information aboutregiments and soldiers associated with Berkshire from earliest days to modern times.

In addition we have built collaborations with the Wardrobe Museum in Salisbury and several other libraries and museums across the county as well as a large number of other researchers working in the same field.

As a result of our endeavours we have accumulated a vast amount of information which we would like to make available to a wider audience via the web.

The website has ten major parts and you can access these directly by clicking on one of the links which appear in the left hand column of most of the pages of the reconstructed site. They are:-

0000 Introduction and administration

The sections in this part are mostly to do with the organisation and administration of the site.

1000 Information about the Army in general

This covers Army organisation and how it operates.

2000 Berkshire Regiments before the Great War

This covers Berkshire regiments from earliest days to the outbreak of war in 1914

3000 The Royal Berkshires in the Great War

The sections in this part cover the activities of the several battalions throughout the war. The final digit of the section number refers to battalions as follows :-

0 the period or action in general
1 the 1st Battalion
2 the 2nd Battalion
3 the 1st/4th Battalion
4 the 2nd/4th Battalion
5 the 5th Battlion
6 the 6th Battalion
7 the 7th Battalion
8 the 8th Battalion
9 the other battalions

The war is divided up into periods based upon the major battles that Royal Berks battalions were engaged in on the Western Front. There is always an interlude which runs from the start of each battle to to the start of the next to accommodate minor actions and the activities of the battalions in other theatres.

4000 Berkshiremen serving in other regiments

This refers to activities of Berkshiremen serving in other regiments or capacities, many of whom were former or future members of the Royal Berks, but also including the Berkshire Yeomanry, the Machine Gun Corps and the Labour Corps.

5000 The Home Front

This covers activities within Berkshire during the war which were mainly civilian of nature.

6000 Lists and tables

This includes lists of men from medal rolls etc

7000 General WW1 topics

This covers a wide range of topics, mostly to do with army logistics and administration during the war. Covering such matters as recruiting, casualties, prisoners of war, postal services, railways etc etc

8000 Berkshire Regiments after the Great War

This covers the interwar period, the second World War and the period from 1946 to 1959 for the Royal Berks and then successively The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (1959-92), the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (1992-2006) and the Rifles (2006-date)

9000 Research today
Sources and bibliographies plus hints on where to go for more information.

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