Barnsley Pals, by Jon Cooksey

Barnsley Pals, by Jon Cooksey
Barnsley Pals - The 13th & 14th Battalions York & Lancaster Regiment, by Jon Cookey

Published by Pen & Sword in 2008, 312 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4302)

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From the front inside fly leaf: The 'Pals' battalions were a phenomenon of the Great War, never repeated since. Under Lord Derby's scheme, and in response to Kitchener's famous call for a million volunteers, local communities raised (and initially often paid for) entire battalions for service on the Western Front. Their experience was all too frequently tragic, as men who had known each other all their lives, had worked, volunteered, and trained together, and had shipped to France together, encountered the first full fury of modern battle on the Somme in July 1916. Many of the Pals battalions would not long survive that first brutal baptism, but their spirit and fighting qualities have gone down into history - these were, truly, the cream of Britain's young men, and every single one of them was a volunteer.

The Borough of Barnsley, small in comparison to its near neighbour Sheffield, was nevertheless able to raise two Battalions made up of willing volunteers from different social backgrounds. Groups of coal miners, many working at the same pits and even on the same shifts, answered the call to arms along with stonemasons, clerics, office workers and young proffessional gentlemen, many of whom came from wealthy middle class families.....

On 1 July 1916 the two Barnsley Pals Battalions went over the top alongside their Accrington and Sheffield counterparts against the formidable German fortress of Serre, in what was to become known as the Battle of the Somme....

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