The Liverpool Rifles: A Biography of the 1/6th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment in the First World War

Author(s): Kevin Shannon 

ISBN: 9781781557013
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The story of an infantry battalion’s struggle in the pitiless arena of modern warfare.
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  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • Co-ordinates, sketch maps and detailed descriptions of the actions allow the reader to follow the soldiers across the battlefield

  • Appendices include analyses and the most complete battalion roll ever compiled

  • Based on dozens of contemporary and unpublished sources, this book tells the story of this battalion for the first time. 

Using a wealth of contemporary sources, The Liverpool Rifles narrates the story of the unit from their mobilisation in 1914 to their return in 1919, each day of their active service in France and Belgium detailed.

The role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty, wounded or killed, is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened.

The battalion served a tough apprenticeship in the Second Battle of Ypres, losing over 40 per cent casualties in their first five months overseas. By the time the battalion left the Somme in September 1916, their casualties figures exceeded the number who sailed to France in 1915.

The ferocious struggle in the Third Battle of Ypres and their epic defensive actions at Little Priel Farm and Givenchy are described down to individual platoon level; twenty-one detailed sketch maps allowing the reader to follow the action.

Uniquely, the battalion roll in the appendices includes every officer and man who served with the battalion overseas, many of whom do not feature in the Medal Rolls.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557013
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 496 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 31 black-and-white photographs and 21 maps



Kevin Shannon’s father, Bill, took part in Operation Tonga. Shannon spent ten years in the British Army, serving in a number of regiments. After many years of teaching history in a secondary school, he now works with young people with behavioural problems.