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The 51st (Young Soldiers), 52nd (Graduated) and 53rd (Young Soldiers) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One



Formed in late 1917 and early 1918, these battalions concentrated on training young recruits and preparing them for active service.  They remained in England throughout the war, supplying many reinforcements to France – especially after the German onslaught in March 1918.