Resources

Finding aids etc

  1. Carter, Terry. Birmingham Pals: 14th, 15th and 16th (Service) Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (The Pals Series) (Paperback ed.). ISBN 0-85052-547-0 (available from Amazon and Pen and Sword Books
    Also available as Kindle  e-book from Amazon

  2. WW1 Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour. 14th, 15th & 16th Service Battalions Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

    Published 1920 by Sherratt & Hughes : Binding Red Cloth Hard cover. 488 pages.
     Description: Outlines the History of the Birmingham City Battalions, with dozens of full page b/w photographs of the Officers and Enlisted men from each Company and Platoon from the 14th, 15th & 16th Service Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regt.
    Includes “Rolls of Honour” of all the firms and institutions in Birmingham who released their staff for military call up, including Cadbury Bros Ltd, Ansell’s Brewery & The Birmingham Small Arms Co Ltd.

  3. Birmingham History Forum (registration may be required)


  4. Harry’s War: The Great War Diaries of Harry Drinkwater.

    Edited by Jon Cooksey and David Griffiths
    ISBN 9780091957216.
    Ebury Press, 2013 395 pages. Also available as an e-book
    Description: By any account this is a remarkable book. Harry Drinkwater, a cobbler’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon, joined a Birmingham ‘Pals’ battalion after being rejected by the regular army for being too short. Initially he joined up in 1914 as a volunteer private but later was commissioned as an officer. Harry recorded his war experience in a series of notebooks hidden in his tunic pocket. Keeping such journals was strictly forbidden. In them he describes the experience of war and speaks of the bravery suffering of the soldiers.

     


    Hull Pals by David Bilton (Pen and Sword, 1999)

    The Trench – the full story of the 1st Hull Pals by David Bilton (Pen and Sword, 2002)

    Birmingham Pals by Terry Carter (Pen and Sword, 1996)

    Barnsley Pals by John Cooksey (Pen and Sword, 1996)

    Liverpool Pals by Graham Maddocks (Pen and Sword, 1996)

    Leeds Pals by Laurie Milner (Pen and Sword, 1998)

    Accrington Pals by William Turner (Pen and Sword, 1998)

    The Accrington Pals: a play by Peter Whelan (Samuel French, 1982)

    Links

    Accrington Pals This site is dedicated to the memory of the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment, better known as the Accrington Pals.

    Leeds Pals A short history of the Leeds Pals with information about battles and individual soldiers.

    The Grimsby Chums A history of the Grimsby Chums, year by year.

    The Royal British Legion Site for the charity that safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served in the Armed Forces.

    Spartacus Educational Spartacus’ World War One website offers a growing encyclopaedia of entries about the war, as well as links to other websites.