Accrington Pals Trail by William Turner

By William Turner

Follow the footsteps of the buddies of their trip from Lancashire to their education camps in England and Wales and to the villages and battlefields of France. A accomplished account, with maps and images, of a acquaintances Battalion's carrier through the struggle.

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The author’s books ensure that we know something of the local background of the men of the 11th Service Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment, of their deeds, of the memorials of their collective service, and of where their fallen lie buried or simply commemorated. The reader of this new book will now be taken as a rather special ‘pilgrim tourist’ in the footsteps of the Accrington Pals on their wartime journeys, with periods in the line, in reserve and at rest, noting what still remains recognisable of what those Lancashire soldiers saw in the second decade of a century now ending.

Mr John Fielding) d) Pte, Fred Say er – journey to the rear On 4 July, the fear of counter-attack over, the remnants of the Pals withdrew to Rolland Trench, in the fourth line of the defences. Later in the day they were relieved by a company of the 6th Gloucestershire Regiment of 144 Brigade, 48th Division. The broken battalion retired to Louvencourt to rest. Some individuals, such as Pte. Sayer, made their own way back: ‘On 4 July, which was my nineteenth birthday, we were told we were going to Louvencourt, where Z Company headquarters was now based.

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