Liverpool Pals

By Gra­ham Mad­docks

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

(Pen & Sword, 288 pages, £16.99) This book, first pub­lished in 1991, and now re­pub­lished in pa­per­back, tells the his­tory of the men who joined the lo­cal reg­i­ment in th he early days of the Fir rst World War. TheT Liverpool Pals s were drawn from the city’s s com­mer­cial classes, and have the proud d dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first of the north­ern Pals bat­tal­ions to be raised in 1914 and the last to be stood down.

They fought through all the ma­jor bat­tles on the Western Front from the Somme on­wards. In­deed all four bat­tal­ions cov­ered them­selves in glory on the fate­ful day it­self.

Gra­ham Mad­docks wrote one of the first stud­ies of a Pals’ bat­tal­ion, al­though many more have sub­se­quently been pub­lished by Pen & Sword and oth­ers. It re­mains a clas­sic of its kind, partly be­cause the au­thor was able to meet many for­mer mem­bers whose mem­o­ries bring this book alive. He also clearly de­scribes the ac­tions that the bat­tal­ions were en­gaged in. It is well il­lus­trated, al­though it has to be ad­mit­ted the re­pro­duc­tion is not what it should be. Even so it re­mains an im­por­tant book, par­tic­u­larly if you’re re­search­ing men who served with th­ese units dur­ing the First World War.

Si­mon Fowler is a pro­fes­sional

writer and his­tory re­searcher

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