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.

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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.

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[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 at:andrew.jackson@btinternet.com

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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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