By William Turner
Follow the footsteps of the associates of their trip from Lancashire to their education camps in England and Wales and to the villages and battlefields of France. A complete account, with maps and images, of a acquaintances Battalion's carrier through the warfare.
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Thirty-six officers were appointed. The Mayor with the officers of the Battalion, February, 1915. Top row (left to right): Lt J Ramsbottom; 2/Lt G G Williams; 2/Lt W Slinger; 2/Lt C D Haywood; 2/Lt H Ashworth; Lt C W Gidlow-Jackson; 2/Lt F Bailey; 2/Lt W R Roberts. Second row (left to right): Mr W J Newton (Accrington Borough Surveyor): 2/Lt C Stonehouse; 2/Lt T W Rawcliffe; 2/Lt J V Kershaw; 2/Lt A B Tough; 2/Lt H H Mitchell; 2/Lt J C Shorrocks; 2/Lt E Jones; 2/Lt W G M Rigby. Third row (left to right): Lt Campbell (RAMC); 2/Lt F A Heys; 2/Lt L Ryden; 2/Lt F G MacAlpine; 2/Lt F Birtwistle; Lt T J Kenny; 2/Lt T Y Harwood; 2/Lt M E Whittaker; 2/Lt J H Ruttle; Lt H D Riley.
A poor little thing answered the door and got the fright of her life. Keeping a straight face I asked to be shown the sick man. As we suspected, he was down the pub, but she wouldn’t say which one. We decided to leave the matter in her capable hands and before we reported the next morning the man was already on parade. ’ In February 1915 the Pals left their respective home towns of Accrington, Burnley and Chorley and entrained for Caernarvon (now Caernarfon, Gwynedd), north Wales. Fred lost his job and the pound a week and became batman to Lt.
Furthermore, a good cup of tea in the early morning had become important to me. Bill (Lt. Frank Heys’ batman) dreaded making early morning tea as officers were fussy in their little demands. No one, however, could clean and polish like Bill so we came to an amicable arrangement. , and take both lots of washing to the laundry. ’ On 13 May 1915 the Battalion left Caernarvon for Rugeley Camp, Staffordshire. There they joined with the 12th (Service) York and Lancaster Regiment (Sheffield City), the 13th (Service) York and Lancaster Regiment (1st Barnsley), and the 14th (Service) York and Lancaster Regiment (2nd Barnsley) to become 94 Brigade, 31st Division.