General History

Regimental History

As seen in the Wirral News.

Wirral News

Presents this great city in 1914, a city still riding a wave of commercial success as, at the time, Manchester's industrial output was greater than many European states. During the early days of the Great War, the Pals were raised in optimism and were confident in their prowess as the city's finest men. This is the story of how they were enlisted, their self-assurance turned into military capability and then deployed as part of Britain's New Armies into a continental war which would ultimately consume them.

Lancashire Living Magazine.

The late 7th Marquess of Anglesey did military historians and the public at large a huge favour when he set out on his mammoth task to document the history of the British Cavalry between 1816 and 1919. Thankfully he completed his labour of love and these volumes are a fitting epitaph to him. Volume 7 deals with the Curragh Incident and the cavalry on the Western Front in 1917. In common with other volumes in this series that I have read, the book is written in such an easy and engaging style that even those with no particular interest in either cavalry or military history could easily find themselves drawn to the subject matter. Furthermore, adopting conventions which were the norm in books written a hundred years ago or more, we find a single line précis at the head of each page - the key point on each picked out so that we, the readers, can quickly skim if we want to, making sure that we don't miss the key messages. This particular volume benefits from the odd cartoon or illustration.. Read more

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

This is a well-written and well-annotated history of the 16th, 18th and 20th (Service) Battalions of the West Yorks Regt that can sit quite happily alongside other books in Pen & Sword's Pals series.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

I doubt I am alone in associating the Pals battalions mainly with the 1st July 1916 and the effect of that day on the local communities that they came from. Yet their role in the war was of course much greater than this. Accrington not only raised a whole infantry battalion, but also rose to the challenge of forming an Artillery Brigade as well. In this new history Andrew Jackson looks to set the record straight with a comprehensive account of the war records of both units. Building on the success of his website and drawing on over 30 years of research, Jackson provides an in-depth account of both units, utilising war diaries, local newspapers and a host of other sources. From the conception and formation of the units, to their training and deployment, the sources (including many letters home and accounts written by the men) are used to great effect to paint a rich and detailed picture of the Accrington units and the men who were part of them.