The “Accrington Pals”

World War I Battalion Decimated in the Battle of the Somme

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More than 81% killed (584 of 720), wounded or missing in the first day of the battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916.


At least three of the five Grimshaws in the Regiment were killed in action on July 1 or 2, 1916. Another was killed the following February in a subsequent action. 


[Note J(oseph) Grimshaw, standing, in photo].

Guard detail from X (District) Company at Penkridge Bank Camp.

Front row: Pte. E. Culley, Pte. L. Kenyon, Pte. J. Hindle.
Back row: Cpl. Duckworth, Pte. J. Grimshaw, Pte. E. Kenyon, Pte. C. Hindle.

Photograph courtesy of the William Turner Pals Collection.

In compiling this list I have attempted to include as many as possible of those officers and men who joined the Battalion prior to the 1st July attack on Serre. I am indebted to John Garwood, Andrew Gill, Walter Holmes, Alan Mackay, Dennis Otter, Fergus Read and William Turner, for without their research this compilation would have been a far less complete work.

Notice of any errors or omissions would be gratefully received by me 


Index|A – B|C – E|F – H|I – M|N – R|S – T|U – Z

Each bracketed number in this list refers to an information source, referenced here.


GRIMSHAW, Pte. Henry, 15121; b. Clayton-le-Moors; w. 1st July 1916; transferred to 3rd then to 8th Bn., East Lancs. Regt.; k.i.a. 12th February 1917; bd. Maroc Brit. Cem. [2, 3, 4, 21A, 111, 150]

GRIMSHAW, Pte. Joseph, 17920; b. Oswaldtwistle; k.i.a. 1st/2nd July 1916 (29); comm. Thiepval Memorial. [2, 4, 21E, 112]


GRIMSHAW, Sgt. Thomas, 16011; b. 1879 at Chorley; m. Ellen Smalley 23rd April 1898 at Chorley; e. Scots Guards at Liverpool 10th March 1899 as Pte., 2679, joining 2nd Bn. at London 12th March 1899; served in South Africa 15th March 1900 to 27th October 1902; slightly wounded at Vrede 12th October 1900; transferred to Reserve 1st November 1902; dis. 9th March 1911; e. Accrington Bn., East Lancs. Regt. 23rd September 1914; k.i.a. 1st/2nd July 1916 (36); bd. Queens Cem., Serre. [1, 2, 4, 20, 21C, 111, 150, 166]

Left: Thomas Grimshaw. Photograph courtesy of John Garwood.

GRIMSHAW, Sgt. William, 15211; lived at 64 Sparth Road, Clayton-le-Moors. [3, 21B, 44, 164]

GRIMSHAW, Pte. William, 17834; b. Church; k.i.a. 1st July 1916 (33); comm. Thiepval Memorial. [2, 4, 21E, 112]




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