The General said he would soon knock the Manchester out of us, no doubt he succeeded in a way….

This is a quote from Pte 8055 A A Bell of 2nd City (17th) Battalion.  He may have been referring to a speech during inspection of the City Battalions by Brig. Gen. Caunter, at Heaton Park on 22 October 1914.  The men had recently received their new Tramguards uniforms and the image shows many officers still wore civilian clothes.

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