Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion
The Nation's Call To Arms
Great Britain declared war on Germany on August 4th, 1914, and almost immediately the combatant strength of its Regular Army was on service and the great bulk of that gallant force engaged in those fierce actions against odds which marked the early fighting.
The War Office was quickly alive to the fact that the Regular Army could not cope in point of numbers with the Germanic hordes. On the day following the declaration of war the Territorial Forces of Great Britain were mobilized, and with a marvellous and inspiring unanimity their members volunteered for Overseas Service.
But even the addition of these many thousands to our striking force was realised to provide no more than a relief for the rapidly exhausting strength of the "old contemptibles", and Lord Kitchener issued his great manifesto calling the people to the Empire's help, and laid the foundations of a New Army -- Kitchener's Army -- the finest and most disinterested body of soldier patriots that ever stepped in a sound and worthy cause.
At once the patriotism of the country declared itself and the Nation sprang to arms. The City of Glasgow proved itself second to none among the cities and districts of the Kingdom in its answer to the call. The Town Council recruited two fine battalions, the 1st Glasgow, which was mainly drawn from the Tramway employees of the city; and the 2nd Glasgow, which was recruited from former members of the Boys' Brigade.
Other institutions in the city were bestirring themselves in the national cause, and at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Directors, held on 3rd September, 1914, it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Bailie W.F. Russell, to form a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion.
At this stage the Council of the Royal Glasgow Technical College approached the Chamber of Commerce Committee, and it was arranged that students of the College would find special opportunities of forming a detachment within the Battalion. This arrangement was found acceptable in every way, and many students entered for the service of their country under the colours of what was at that early stage known as "The Chamber of Commerce Battalion, 3rd Glasgow".
- Formation And Home Training
- The Nation's Call to ArmsDeclaration of WarStrain on the resources of the Regular and Territorial ForcesKitchener's Call to ArmsCivic responseGlasgow Corporation BattalionsMeeting of the Chamber of Commerce and ResolutionCommittee formedThe Technical College
- A Battalion in BeingAttestation and enrolment"A" Company from Technical College"B" Company from Schools"C" and "D" from the CityC.O., Second in Command, Adjutant, Company Commanders, and Staff appointedLeaving the CityGovernment acceptanceFarewell visit to City
- Esprit de CorpsTraditions of the H.L.I.The 71st and 74th FootUniformPre-War EstablishmentRegular and Territorial BattalionsWar Service Battalions raisedThe allocation of the 17th Battalion
- Home Stations and TrainingGailesTroonPrees HeathWensleydaleTotleyCodford CampOverseas OrdersMessage from the KingEmbarkation
- The Nation's Call to Arms
- On Active Service
- On TrekArrival at HavreMarch to the forward areaBouzincourt and MillencourtInstructional tour of front line trenchesCondition of trenchesFirst casualtiesMolliens
- Trench RoutineIn the lineXmas '15 and the New YearThe new trench"Standing to"Routine and patrols
- The RaidThe "Red" DivisionIn the line at AuthuilleColonel Morton wounded on March 21stA raid postponedCarried out on 22ndSuccess of Lieut. Begg's partyCongratulatory messages and awards
- A Lull before the StormPreparations commenced for the Somme offensiveA complimentary shoot with "P" BatteryDivisional, Brigade and Battalion identification marksHappy days at Rubempré
- The Battle of the SommeSpirit of the Battalion prior to the battleZero and "over the top"Leipzig Trench carriedFlanks exposedPrecarious position of the unitGreat casualtiesProtective bombing postsConsolidationBattalion relievedVictoria Cross gained by Sergeant TurnbullRoll Call
- A Diary Account of the BattleExtract from the personal diary of the late Lieut. B. Meadows giving a wonderfully realistic picture of the July 1st Battle
- Hulluch and ThereaboutsSenlisLast parade under Col. MortonBombing raid north of OvillersMove to Bethune1st Army AreaInspection by General MunroDepleted ranksTrench warfare about HulluchCambrin Sector
- Beaumont-HamelThe attackWeather conditionsFailure of artillery supportForlorn hopeBreak-down of assaultGallantry and sacrificeCasualtiesMailly-MailletFranquevilleRubempréXmas 1916 and New YearFootball and high spirits
- The New Year, 1917Bad weatherCourcellesTrench laboursVaried movesBeginning of Spring OffensiveAttack by the FrenchThe advanceNesleCondition of inhabitantsGreat digging work at Germaine
- On the Heels of the EnemyThe taking of SavyCasualtiesPatrollingCapture of FayetCongratulatory messagesStrenuous daysCanizyCompetitions with the FrenchWork and sportHangardLeaving the Fourth ArmyFarewell message from General Rawlinson
- In FlandersEn route to SteenbecqueR.T.O.The 14th CorpsReconnaissance of Messines SectorHeavy marchesCoxyde and KuhnAmenities of Nieuport area
- Operations on the CoastEnemy hurricane bombardmentEnemy attempt frustratedAttack abandonedVisit to H.L.I.SportsVisit of Dr. KelmanPatrol work by Corpl. WilsonListening post raidedDeparture for Adinkerke
- The Ypres SalientPasschendaeleGallantry of attackCasualtiesHilltop FarmMove to Landethun and YeuseSerre SectorClose of 1917
- The DisbandmentHogmanayWith the II. CorpsThe blowNew army establishmentHospital CampDisbandmentThe passing of the "17th"
- On Trek
- An Odd Muster
- The Spirit of the BattalionThe Padre's tribute
- Co-operationThe 17th and the Gunners
- "The Outpost"The Battalion Magazine
- Sport of the BattalionFootballRunningBoxing
- The R.S.M.Tribute by Lieut. Col. D.S. Morton
- A RemembranceAn echo
- The Comforts CommitteeThe Ladies' Committee and Office-bearersTheir helpful work
- Memorial Service in GlasgowThe SommeRev. A. Herbert Gray's text
- The ClubThe objectBattalion Benevolent FundCommittee formedHope of the future
- "E" Company17th H.L.I. Reserve19th BattalionDraftsActivitiesLieut. Col. Anderson, V.C.78th T.R.B.
- The Spirit of the Battalion
- Honours And Awards
- Battalion Honour
- The Victoria Cross
- Honours gained by Officers and others while serving with the Battalion
- Honours gained by original Members of the Battalion after being transferred to other units
- List of Officers who were granted Commissions in the Battalion on its formation
- "Other Ranks" of the Battalion who were granted Commissions in the Battalion
- Roll of Warrant Officers, N.C.O.s and men who joined the Battalion prior to 22nd November, 1915
- The Late Mr. Montagu M.W. Baird and Mr. James W. Murray, Presidents of the Chamber
- Original Officers in Command of CompaniesMajors W.J. Paul, J.R. Young, W. Auld, V.D., and E. Hutchison
- Farewell Meeting at the Technical College
- Early DaysA Rest by the Way
- H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, Colonel-in-Chief of the H.L.I., and Colonel J. Stanley Paterson
- Lieut. Colonel David S. Morton, V.D., C.M.G.
- On the Sea Front at TroonLeaving Troon
- Mess Orderlies (Prees Heath Camp)"Guard, Turn Out" (Wensley Camp)
- A Peaceful Bivouac (Salisbury Plain)Recruiting March at Codford
- Officers of the Battalion at Mar Lodge, Troon, 1915
- Visit of the Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Troon, 1915
- The Battalion on Parade
- HavreRuins of Bethune
- The Cathedral, Albertand After Bombardment
- Map Illustrating Operations of 1st July, 1916
- View from Bouzincourt Looking Towards the Line
- Cookhouse at BecourtObservation Post, Hulluch SectorWar's Destruction
- Lieut. Colonel W.J. Paul
- Lieut. Colonel J. Inglis, C.M.G., D.S.O.
- Types of Support Line Dug-outs and First Aid Post
- Major the Rev. A. Herbert GrayParade (Prees Heath)
- Phases of Battalion Training
- "The Outpost" Staff on Active ServiceOriginal Editorial Staff
- The Late Steven D. Reith, D.C.M.Lce. Corpl. F.K. Pickles
- Margus, The MascotOne of the Battalion Rugby Football Teams
- Lieut. and Q.-M. (formerly Regimental-Sergeant-Major) James Kelly
- Mrs. David S. Morton, Convener of the Comforts Committee
- Lieut. Colonel W. Auld, V.D.
- The Late Lieut. Colonel William Herbert Anderson, V.C., and Sergeant J.Y. Turnbull, V.C.