The Lion and the Rose: The 2/5th Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919

Author(s): Kevin Shannon 

ISBN: 9781781556689
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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  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs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  • Based on dozens of contemporary and unpublished sources, this book tells the story of this battalion for the first time. 

The final part of the Lion and the Rose trilogy detailing the TF battalions of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in the Great War.

Established in 1914, the 2/5th spent thirty months in England engaged in almost every sort of training other than that which they would need at the Front. When they deployed to France in 1917, they were pitted against an aggressive and experienced foe.

The Lion and the Rose: A Biography of a Battalion in the Great War tells the story of their struggle to learn the skills necessary to survive in the pitiless arena of modern warfare and their progress to become the fighting equals of any by the end of the war. With no history written for either 57 Division or the 2/5th, this publication, based on contemporary and unpublished sources, tells their story for the first time.

The book contains sketch maps of the sectors the battalion fought in; accurate co-ordinates for all positions; previously unpublished photographs; the most complete battalion roll yet compiled; and narrates the individual parts played by 1,000 of the officers and men during the war.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556689
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 288 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 25 black-and-white photographs



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.