The Cheshire Regiment

The following Territorial Force Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment spent time in Bedford:

1/4th Battalion August 1914 in Birkenhead, part of the Cheshire Brigade of the Welsh Division. Moved immediately on mobilisation to Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, but by the end of August 1914 had moved to Northampton. In December 1914 moved to Cambridge and by March 1915 was at Bedford. In May 1915 the formation became the 159th (Cheshire) Brigade of the 53rd (Welsh) Division. In July 1915 departed Bedford and embarked for Gallipoli, landing on 9 August. In December 1915 withdrawn from Gallipoli and moved to Egypt. In May 1918 left the Division and moved to France, and in July 1918 was attached to the 102nd Brigade of the 34th Division, engaging ion various actions on the Western Front, including the Battle of Ypres, and ended the war west of Courtrai in Belgium.

1/7th Battalion August 1914 in Macclesfield, part of the Cheshire Brigade of the Welsh Division. Thereafter the record is as the 1/4th Battalion.

2/4th Battalion September 1914 formed at Birkenhead as a home service (second line) unit. Moved to Aberystwyth.
March 1915 attached to 204th (2nd Cheshire) Brigade, 68th Division at Northampton but was at Bedford by August 1915. December 1915  absorbed by 2/7th Battalion.

2/5th (Earl of Chester’s) Battalion November 1914 formed at Chester as a home service (second line) unit. February 1915 replaced 1/5th Battalion in the Chester Brigade, Welsh Division at Cambridge. April 1915 transferred to the 204th Brigade, 68th Division at Northampton. Moved to Bedford in August 1915 and on to Lowestoft in mid 1916. In 1917 moved to Westelton and later to Bury St Edmunds. April 1918 disbanded in UK.

2/6th Battalion September 1914 formed at Stockport as a home service (second line) unit. November 1914 replaced 1/6th Battalion in Chester Brigade, Welsh Division at Northampton. Moved to Cambridge in December 1914. April 1915 transferred to 204th Brigade, 68th Division. Moved to Bedford in August 1915. November 1915 absorbed the 2/5th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment. Moved to Lowestoft in September 1916, thence to Yarmouth in March 1917 and Southwold in July 1917. September 1917 disbanded in UK.

2/7th Battalion October 1914 formed at Macclesfield as a home service (second line) unit. March 1915 attached to 204th Brigade, 68th Division at Northampton. Moved in August 1915 to Bedford.
8 December 1915 absorbed the 2/4th Battalion. Moved to Lowestoft in September 1916, thence to Wrentham in May 1917 and Southwold by March 1918. March 1918 disbanded in UK.