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One of the two regular battalions, the 2nd Battalion, was in India when the First World War broke out and was sent into Mesopotamia (now Iraq) to fight Turkish troops. It suffered terrible losses in a siege at Kut al Amara and those who survived became prisoners of war.

The remnants of the Battalion joined with a similar group from the Dorset Regiment to form a temporary unit called The Norsets. Reformed with new recruits, the 2nd Battalion continued to serve in Mesopotamia for the duration of the War.


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