Barnsley Pals

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Barnsley Pals
York and Lancaster Regiment
Active 1914 - 1918
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Pals battalion
Size Two Battalions
Engagements Battle of the Somme
Battle honours Somme

The Barnsley Pals were two Pals battalions during the First World War.[1]

They were formed as the 13th (1st Barnsley Pals) and 14th (2nd Barnsley Pals) Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment.[1] These two Pals battalions were brigaded with the Sheffield City Battalion (12th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment) and the Accrington Pals (11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment) in the 94th Brigade of the 31st Division.[2]

The 31st Division was sent to Egypt to guard the Suez Canal before being shipped to France in March 1916.[1]

Both Barnsley Pals battalions took part in the attack on Serre on the first day of the Somme campaign. The 31st Division suffered 3,600 casualties and failed to achieve any of its objectives.[3] The Barnsely Pals were the two reserve battalions for the Sheffield City Battalion and the Accrington Pals. The 1st Barnsley Pals suffered 275 casualties while the 2nd Barnsley Pals suffered 270 casualties on 1 July 1916.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Baker, Chris. "1914-1918 The Long, Long Trail.". United Kingdom. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Holts Battle field Tours". United Kingdom: Holts Tours. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Battle of the Somme - Serre July 1916". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 

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