Leeds Pals Handbook - Book Launch


You are invited by the Leeds Museums & Galleries to the launch of the Leeds Pals Handbook - looking at life in Leeds’ volunteer battalions during and after the First World War.


Friday 9 November 2018


Leeds Minster, Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ


Leeds Pals Handbook - book launch - Leeds Minster

The "Pals" battalions were a phenomenon of the Great War, never repeated since. Under Lord Derby's scheme, and in response to Kitchener's famous call for a million volunteers, local communities raised (and initially often paid for) entire battalions for service on the Western Front.

The Leeds Pals were men and boys from Leeds who formed the 15th Battalion (Prince of Wales’s Own) West Yorkshire Regiment. Many enlisted as volunteer soldiers at the outset of the First World War, as part of the national phenomenon of ‘Pals’ that sprang up across the nation. These people from Leeds trained in rugged Colsterdale, guarded the Suez canal and were changed irrevocably by their experiences on the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Using unpublished archive sources and original research, this book adds to our knowledge of the Leeds Pals through case studies, historical overview and reveals how the city treated this one battalion, at the expense of others.

You can book tickets to the event here