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PALS

The first Pals battalion raised in the Great War was the London stockbrokers, a battalion of men from workers in the City of London. 1600 men enlisted in the 10th (Service) Bn Royal Fusiliers, the so-called "Stockbrokers' Battalion", within a week in late August 1914. The idea behind the pals was to encourage friends, neighbours and work colleagues to enlist together with the promise they would serve together, rather than being arbitrarily allocated to regular Army regiments. A few days later, Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby decided to organise the formation of a battalion of men from Liverpool. Within two days, 1500 Liverpudlians had joined the new battalion. Speaking to these men Lord Derby said: "This should be a battalion of pals, a battalion in which friends from the same office will fight shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool." Within the next few days three more battalions were raised in Liverpool.Encouraged by Lord Derby's success, Kitchener promoted the idea of organising similar recruitment campaigns throughout the entire country. By the end of September 1914, over fifty towns had formed Pals battalions, whilst the larger towns and cities were able to form several battalions. 

Accrington Pals

(11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment)

Barnsley Pals

1st Barnsley Pals (13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment)

2nd Barnsley Pals (14th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment)

Birmingham Pals

1st Birmingham Pals (14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment)

2nd Birmingham Pals (15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment)

3rd Birmingham Pals (16th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment)

Bradford Pals

1st Bradford Pals (16th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment)

2nd Bradford Pals (18th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment)

3rd Bradford Pals (20th Service Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment)

Cardiff Pals

(11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment)

Durham Pals

(18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry)

Bristol's Own

(12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment)

Cambridge Pals

(11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment)

Carmarthen Pals

(15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment)

Edinburgh City Pals

1st Edinburgh City Pals/Lord Provost's Battalion (15th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment))

2nd Edinburgh City Pals/McCrae's Battalion/Scottish Sportsmen's Battalion (16th Battalion, Royal

Football Battalion

1st Football Battalion (17th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment)

2nd Football Battalion (23rd Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment)

Glasgow Pals

Glasgow Tramways (15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry)

Glasgow Boys' Brigade (16th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry)

Glasgow Commercials (17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry)

Grimsby Chums

(10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment)

Hull Pals

Hull Commercials (10th (S) Battalion, (East Yorkshire Regiment)

Hull Tradesmen (11th (S) Battalion, (East Yorkshire Regiment)

Hull Sportsmen (12th (S) Battalion, (East Yorkshire Regiment)

T'Others (13th (S) Battalion, (East Yorkshire Regiment)

Leeds Pals

(15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment)

Liverpool Pals

1st Liverpool Pals (17th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment)

2nd Liverpool Pals (18th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment)

3rd Liverpool Pals (19th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment)

4th Liverpool Pals (20th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment)

The Lonsdales (11th Battalion, Border Regiment)

Manchester Pals

1st Manchester Pals (16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

2nd Manchester Pals (17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

3rd Manchester Pals (Clerks' and Warehousemen's Battalion) (18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

4th Manchester Pals (19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

5th Manchester Pals (20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

6th Manchester Pals (21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

7th Manchester Pals (22nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

Newcastle Pals

Newcastle Commercials (16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

Newcastle Railway Pals (17th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

Oldham Pals

(24th Battalion, Manchester Regiment)

Public Schools Battalion (16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment)

Preston Pals

(7th (Service) Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire))

Salford Pals

1st Salford Pals (15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers)

2nd Salford Pals (16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers)

3rd Salford Pals (19th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers) converted to a 'pioneer' battalion

4th Salford Pals (20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers)

Sheffield City Battalion (12th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment)

Scots

(Lothian Regiment))Note - C Coy comprised 16 playing members including entire first team squad, plus support staff and a quota of supporters of Heart of Midlothian Football Club

St.Helens Pals

St.Helens Pals (11th Battalion "Pioneers", South Lancashire Regiment, 30th Div. 1915, 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division 1918, 25th Div. 1918)

Stockbrokers' Battalion

(10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers)

Swansea Pals

(14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment)

Tyneside Scottish Brigade

1st Tyneside Scottish (20th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

2nd Tyneside Scottish (21st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

3rd Tyneside Scottish (22nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

4th Tyneside Scottish (23rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

Tyneside Irish Brigade

1st Tyneside Irish (24th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

2nd Tyneside Irish (25th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

3rd Tyneside Irish (26th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

4th Tyneside Irish (27th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers)

Carmarthen Pals

(15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment)