Inspired by interviews and notes by a member of the 2nd City Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, this site portrays the particular group of volunteer soldiers, from enlistment to their service in the Battle of the Somme. In memory of the contributor of the journal, Private Allan Arthur Bell 8055 and the Pals that served with him. Copyright Bell Family. All rights reserved. Please see acknowledgments and feel free to comment in the Guest Book or individual Posts.
Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, Sherratt & Hughes 1916 – Review
The Book of Honour has been a wonderful resource for this site. Platoon rolls provide a list of names and group photographs of the Pals that trained together at home in Heaton Park Camp. With the help of various forums, the images of individual men have been identified from the Platoons – truly helping to remember these men for generations to come. The large volume also provides HQ photos and list of men serving from large Manchester firms. This clearly shows the context of the young men enlisting in autumn 1914 and helps illustrate to likely impact on the City they left behind.
III Platoon, 17th Bttn, Manchester Regiment
Inside Cover – Book of Honour
Roll of Honour showing the names of the men in the Platoon. This includes Arthur Bell and Robert Schofield. Ruben joined the Battalion soon after.
Sgt James Turner – 17th III Platoon Book of Honour
Pt A A Bell – 17th III Platoon
Norman Vaudrey Courtesy MRF
Heaton Park Huts
Sidney Birks Hare
Charles Johnson. March 1915
CSM Jones as VI Platoon Sergeant March 1915. Liet. Norman Vaudrey sits to the left with L/Sgt. Ernest Greenwood to the left. Book of Honour Courtesy MRF
RSM Henry Coates MC. Courtesy Manchester Forum
Heaton Park Brigade HQ from Book of Honour
From Book of Honur. Lance Sgt Dixon has no record of serving abroad in WW1