The Lion and the Rose: A Biography of a Great War Battalion – The 1/5th King’s Own

The Lion and the Rose: A Biography of a Great War Battalion – The 1/5th King’s Own

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  • The Great War as it was told through the history of a single battalion during the war
  • Beautifully illustrated with previously unpublished photographs
  • Concentrates not only on the major battles, but also on the everyday life of the common soldier
  • Appendices include the most complete battalion roll ever compiled

Based on many unpublished sources, this book narrates the individual parts played by over 1,500 of those who served with the 1/5th King’s Own in the Great War. First seeing action in Flanders in March 1915, they fought in almost all of the major campaigns on the Western Front. Initially recruited from Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool and Fleetwood, this battalion was very much a ‘family’ unit with many of the men closely related and no less than seven father-son relationships within the battalion.

Though these relationships helped strengthen the men in times of need, when casualties were suffered, they brought extra heartache to the battlefield. Often, these tragic outcomes are related in the men’s own words. Using a combination of mainly unpublished sources, this volume details the deeds of this gallant battalion. Wherever possible, accurate co-ordinates have been given for the places men served, fought and in many cases, were wounded or died. A series of sketch maps detail the trench locations in which the battalion fought.


Kevin Shannon was educated at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, and enlisted in the Army straight from school. His varied Army career included service in an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, Intelligence and the infantry. After leaving the Army, he studied for a degree in Liverpool and taught history for many years. His hobbies have included competitive pistol shooting, motorsport, piloting light aircraft and he has also been a long-time member of International Rescue Corps, retiring as their Assistant Operational Director in late 2015.


234 x 156 mm - hardback - 472 pages - 31 black-and-white photographs

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