Pals Battalions WWI

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Under Lord Derby’s scheme, and in response to Kitchener’s call for a million volunteers, local communities across the country raised entire battalions for service on the Western Front. New recruits volunteered with relatives, friends, and work mates and many of these newly formed units became known as the Pals. However, due to the devastation of local communities because of the large number of killed and injured during the conflict, this type of recruitment has never been repeated.

This collection includes Rolls of Honour, Awards Lists, Casualty Lists, etc. of the Pals Battalions.

Period covered: the collection covers the Great War.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • surname
  • first name(s)
  • service number
  • rank
  • unit
  • awards
  • dates
  • fate

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: Various including war diaries, nominal rolls and factual information in books by Steven John, Jon Cooksey, William Turner, Terry Carter, Stephen McGreal, David Bilton, Laurie Milner, Graham Maddocks, Michael Stedman, Ralph Gibson, Paul Oldfield, Bernard Lewis and John Sheen

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