The story of the 17th Battalion is recounted using notes from Allan Arthur Bell. This section starts with an introduction to this particular Recruit. “I felt that it was my duty to join up”
The background to the enlistment of the 2nd Manchester Pals is provided in the second section concerning Formation
Military life began at Heaton Park, Manchester, where the “The general said he would soon knock the Manchester out of Us”
The Pals were relocated to Belton Park and Larkhill where preparations developed for service in France.
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