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Photograph of Sergeants of the 12th (Service) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment.



12th (Service) Battalion
Oct 1914     - Formed at Winchester as part of the Third New Army (K3) and then moved to Codford to join the 79th Brigade of the 26th Division.
Nov 1914    - Moved to Basingstoke, then Bath, the in Sutton Veny by May 1915.
Sept 1915   - Mobilised for war and landed in France.
15.11.1915 - Embarked for Salonika from Marseilles and the Division engaged in various actions against the Bulgarian Army including;
During 1916
The Battle of Horseshoe Hill.
During 1917
The Battles of Doiran.
During 1918
The Battle of Doiran, The Pursuit to the Strumica Valley.
30.09.1918 - Ended the war in Macedonia, N.W. of Lake Doiran.

  • 26th Division.

All of the Divisions in the Salonika Force wore different coloured stripes on the shoulder straps.The 26th used blue.It was composed of Service Battalions of the New Army, (Kitchener's Third New Army, “K3”) and was formed in Sept / Oct 1914, going out to France in 1915. It was transferred to Salonika, where it served until the cessations of hostilities in 1918.By the end of the First World War the 26th Division suffered casualties of 8,022 killed, wounded and missing during the war but vastly larger numbers sick with malaria, dysentery and other diseases rife in the Salonika theatre.

26th Divison insignia
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