Sycamore Publishing


The Accrington Pals

by Mike Harding
(Sheet Music, staple bind)


The Accrington Pals is probably the best remembered of the battalions raised in the early months of the First World War in response to Kitchener's call for a volunteer army.
Groups of friends from all walks of life in Accrington and its neighbouring towns enlisted together to form a battalion with a distinctively local identity. In its first major action, the battalion suffered devastating losses on 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.
The losses were hard to bear in a community where nearly everyone had a relative or friend who had been killed or wounded. Mike Harding’s moving song tells the story of the Pals.

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