What a lot of good information, thank you.
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All three of the Mitchell brothers enlisted but it is hard to find records of the other two… mind you, I live in Australia and it is not always easy to access them. But thank you for an enlightening website…. Hi Alison, Thanks for your observations. It seems our grandfathers lived next door to each other in ! Any other info, partic on military career would help.
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My grandfather was John Mitchell not Frank. They lived in Colne Lancs. Donald is still alive. Amazing that our grandparents were neighbours! Best wishes, Alison. Oh I have a brother, Alec, named after his fallen grand uncle! Manchester Regiment remains a possibility though, as well as the Royal Engineers and others. I hope I can help a little….
Joyce I have just seen your note having checking for Thomas Gallagher who is on the Memorial at Arras. I have relations McCormack in Manchester. My maiden name was Connell and we lived in Longsight and then Burnham drive Manchester. An unusual name so I thought it was worth checking out. Please e mail if connected. My grandfather was presumably in the pals or manchesters i have his roll number but cannot seem to track him down he survived the war.
I think his number is but last number maybe a six. Any guidance you can give would be appreciated.
Regards, Colin. However, he could have been part of the Manchester Brigade RA. Cheers Tim.
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H White. On 21 August , the first Pals battalion began to be raised from the stockbrokers of the City of London. In a matter of days 1, men had joined what became the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Lord Derby first coined the phrase 'battalion of pals' and recruited enough men to form three battalions of the King's Liverpool Regiment in only a week. Pals battalions became synonymous with the towns of northern Britain.
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Men from cities including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow and Edinburgh all enlisted in their thousands in and After training, the first Pals battalions began to arrive on the Western Front from mid However, many of the Pals battalions were not to see their first major action until the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July Many of these units sustained heavy casualties, which had a significant impact on their communities.
With the introduction of conscription in , the close-knit nature of the Pals battalions was never to be replicated. The recruitment of Pals battalions appealed to the complex local and national identities of men in Britain. Four 'Tyneside Irish' battalions were raised, as well as four 'Tyneside Scottish' battalions. Volunteer recruits of the 'Preston Pals' parade in their civilian clothes in Market Square, Preston, on 7 September They were joined by volunteers from Blackpool, Kirkham and Chorley. A group of 'Leeds Pals' at their training camp in the Yorkshire Dales in September , shortly after enlisting.
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A local benefactor gave the men pipes, but their uniforms did not arrive until November - reflecting how quickly Pals battalions had been recruited. These men became part of the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Access to rifles so soon after joining up was rare due to the shortage of equipment, with new recruits often having to go without khaki uniform for several months. This gilt and enamel badge was worn on civilian clothing before Army uniform was issued, partly as a result of the shortage of equipment.
The battalion was raised by the Lord Mayor of Bradford in September This headdress badge was given to men who volunteered for the first four City Pals battalions of the King's Liverpool Regiment before 16 October It was given as a personal gift from Lord Derby, who recruited these units.
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They became the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Battalions of the regiment. While this photograph shows men of a Hull Pals battalion clearly having been encouraged to smile for the camera, it does reflect the sense of optimism among the troops of the British Army on the eve of the Battle of the Somme.