Winchester, when the regiment again went under canvas —this time on historic Moon Hill where during the Civil War in England, the Great Protector had shelled the Royalist city, which still tried its best to prop the falling fortunes of the doomed House of Stuart.
Winchester is a town of note in the annals of the British Army, and no soldier can view the trophies in its venerable Cathedral and remain unmoved. The home of the Rifle Brigade and the King's Royal Rifles, it had been chosen by the War Office for the mobilization of the 27th Division under General T. D'Orsay Snow. As the future movements of this Division are of interest to Canada, the units are here given in detail.
The 27th and 28th Divisions composed the Fifth Army Corps under General Sir Herbert Plumer—the 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th, and 85th Brigades. Organized in November, 1914, the 80th was a light brigade under Brig.-General Fortescue, comprising:
The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. 4th Rifle Brigade.
3rd King's Royal Rifles.
4th King's Royal Rifles.
2nd Shropshire Light Infantry.
The 81st was a Highland brigade under Brig.-General McFarlane, comprising:
9th Royal Scots (Territorials).
2nd Cameron Highlanders.
1st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
1st Royal Scots. 2nd Gloucesters.
9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Territorials).
The 82nd Brigade was an Irish brigade under Brig.-General Longley, comprising:
1st Leinsters (Royal Canadians).
2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers.
2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.