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The King's Men (Hardback)

The Sandringham Company and Norfolk Regiment Territorial Battalions, 1914–1918

Regimental History WWI 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military

By Neil R Storey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 257
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526765116
Published: 27th January 2020

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The 4th and 5th Battalions, The Norfolk Regiment were formed as battalions of the new Territorial Force in 1908 and were deployed with 54th (East Anglian) Division to Gallipoli in 1915. Most significantly the 1/5th Battalion was unique in that it contained The Sandringham Company, the only unit to be raised entirely from a Royal Estate.

Tragically the 5th Battalion was decimated during an attack on 12 August 1915 and a myth arose that the Sandringham Company, along with King George V's Agent Captain Frank Beck, disappeared without a trace, presumed to have been overwhelmed by their Turkish adversaries.

The Battalion was rebuilt and saw out the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign being evacuated to Egypt in December 1915. Thereafter the 1/4th and 1/5th Norfolk Territorial Battalions served with distinction in Palestine as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

Neil R. Storey has compiled a fascinating history of these Battalions' distinguished service using contemporary records and personal accounts illustrated with a speldid selection of photographs. The result is a fitting tribute to the memory of these brave soldiers.

Neil Storey manages to compose a very interesting and passionate book, which once again demonstrates the effort and war contribution of small British communities during the Great War tragedy.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

Brilliant local (Norfolk) social historian Neil Storey tells the story of the Norfolk Regiment and its campaigns during and after the Great War. Beutifully illustrated and full of amazing and fascinating facts, this is social and military history at its very best.

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About Neil R Storey

Neil R Storey is an award-winning author and proud Norfolk man. A graduate of the University of East Anglia, he lectures widely on early 20th Century history with a particular focus on his County’s military record. His Great Grandfather served in the 5th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment and Neil has a superb collection of contemporary photographs.


He has five published works to his credit including The British Tommy, Norfolk in The Great War and Norfolk’s Military Heritage. This is his first book with Pen and Sword.


Neil has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes as guest expert including BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are.

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