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The Post Office’s Battalion had officially existed since 1868. It was made up almost entirely of Post Office staff. So many men were keen to enlist that a second battalion had to be created a month after war broke out. The Post Office Rifles fought at Ypres, the Somme and Passchendaele and were awarded 145 decorations for gallantry, including a Victoria Cross awarded to Alfred Knight. Overall the regiment earned 27 battle honours. Over 1,800 members of the Post Office Rifles were killed and around 4,000 wounded.