Visitors to this website may have noticed the line of weary soldiers trudging across the header of the screen. These figures are taken from a postcard issued by the 6th battalion of the regiment for Christmas 1916.

There is a marked difference in tone between this and other, earlier regimental postcards. In 1914 there was the eager enthusiasm of the Bully Beef Berlin Express.

Bully Beef crop

Christmas cheer was still in evidence in 1915.


The 6th battalion had been formed in September 1914 from the first wave of men who had volunteered to serve their country. It was often known as the “Pals” Battalion and comprised of companies of men drawn from districts of the county:

A Co. from Oakengates

B Co. from Oswestry

C Co. from Shrewsbury

D Co. from Bridgnorth

The battalion served entirely on the Western Front. In 1916 they had fought at Ypres and the Somme. Proceeds from the sale of these cards were in aid of the 6th Battalion’s Widows and Orphans Fund.