“In dealing with the history of a regiment in the Great War it is important to examine the causes which mostly contributed to its success, for the law of cause and effect is as applicable to military matters as it is to any other concern.
Regarding the East Yorkshire Regiment the causes may briefly be summarised under two headings, sound training and the inculcation among all ranks of a fine patriotic fighting spirit.”
The Battalions of the East Yorkshire Regiment formed a central part of First World War Operations.
Years of previous progressive training prepared the soldiers for heavy fighting involving musketry and general artillery.
This enabled them to crush the opposition at the outset whilst embodying the spirit of glory and discipline that defined their presence in battle.
Wyrall recounts each battle and also remembers the women in the war — portraying their bravery and devotion throughout a time of grave uncertainty and sorrow.
Written in the spirit of Remembrance and celebration, The East Yorkshire Regiment presents the atmosphere and tactics of the Regiment — from the early days of coastal defence to key battles in the height of war including Armentières, Ypres, Loos, Gallipoli and the the Somme.
Praise for the Everard Wyrall:
‘It displays the true regimental spirit’ – Sir Ivor Maxse
‘Captain Everard Wyrall is an indefatigable military historian.’ – The Spectator
‘It is a record of patience and determination, of self-sacrifice and bravery.’ – Field Marshal George Francis Milne
Everard Wyrall (1878-1933) served in the Boer War, the First World War, and the Third African War. He was an author, journalist, and historian who contributed significantly to the literary commemoration of First World War, compiling extensive official military histories, including, among others, those dedicated to the Somerset Light Infantry, Middlesex Regiment, King’s Liverpool Regiment, and West Yorkshire Regiment.