WHAT HAPPENED TO BRITAIN’S VOLUNTEER ARMY? BRITAIN’S ‘DOOMED’ ARMIES Following the huge national recruitment drive, whole communities joined up 14TH, 15TH, 16TH BATTALIONS, ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT 10TH BATTALION LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT 103RD BRIGADE, ROYAL NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS GRIMSBY CHUMS 16TH BATTALION, MIDDLESEX REGIMENT, 18TH - 21ST BATTALIONS, ROYAL FUSILIERS FORMED: STRENGTH: SEPTEMBER 1914 1,000 MEN THE BIRMINGHAM PALS FORMED: STRENGTH: 30 AUGUST 1914 3,000 MEN TYNESIDE IRISH FORMED: STRENGTH: 14 OCTOBER 1914 5,400 MEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BATTALIONS FORMED: STRENGTH: 1-11 SEPTEMBER 1914 5,000 MEN “THE VOLUNTEERS WERE EXPECTED TO BECOME OFFICERS IN OTHER REGIMENTS. HOWEVER, MANY CHOSE TO REMAIN AS PRIVATES IN ORDER TO STAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS” 17TH - 20TH BATTALIONS, THE KING’S (LIVERPOOL REGIMENT) 13TH - 14TH BATTALIONS, YORK & LANCASTER REGIMENT LIVERPOOL PALS BARNSLEY PALS FORMED: STRENGTH: AUGUST 1914 4,000 MEN FORMED: STRENGTH: SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1914 2,000 MEN The Liverpool Pals set the precedent for recruiting northern working men but its volunteers consisted of commercial workers including those who worked in shipping, insurance and brokerage. The 13th Battalion was first posted to Egypt before being sent to France in March 1916. On 1 July, the combined battalions suffered 545 casualties, a loss of over a quarter of their strength. 10TH - 13TH BATTALIONS, LOCAL RESERVE BATTALION, EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT 1ST HULL ‘COMMERCIALS’, 2ND HULL ‘TRADESMEN’, 3RD HULL ‘SPORTSMEN’, 4TH HULL ‘T’OTHERS’, 5TH HULL ‘BANTAMS’ 17TH BATTALION, MIDDLESEX REGIMENT 16TH - 23RD BATTALIONS, MANCHESTER REGIMENT 11TH EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT FORMED: STRENGTH: FOOTBALL BATTALION SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1914 6,000 MEN FORMED: STRENGTH: 15 DECEMBER 1914 600 MEN MANCHESTER REGIMENT ACCRINGTON PALS FORMED: STRENGTH: FORMED: STRENGTH: AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1914 10,000 MEN 14 SEPTEMBER 1914 1,100 MEN 30
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