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The Birmingham Pals in the Great War

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Viv,

Yes, it is. Go to the Moseleians site here https://www.moseleians.co.uk/galleries/ and click on Birmingham Pals, and you will find that one and many more like it. Unfortunately, the school photo that I referred to in my previous post, doesn't show a lot of the building and would not be appropriate on this thread.

Maurice
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
Viv, what was 'shirt parade', do you know?
Lady P
I think you'll find it was as it said, a parade to be issued with new shirts. (The Army DO love their parades !).
The men look like they're still wearing their Birmingham Battalions uniform, at the time when they were tranferring to Service Dress.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Always crosses my mind too Lady P looking at all of these photos. In the photos they look so fresh and proud. Viv.
 

terry carter

Birmingham Pals
1 Bham Sutton Park Station Platform 26 June 1915 a.jpg
1 Bham Sutton Park Station Platform 26 June 1915 a.jpg

Sorry I've not posted for quite a long time
This is a cropped photograph that I have of some members of the 1st Birmingham Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire) on the platform of Sutton Park Station with family and friends prior to the battalion's departure to continue their training at Wensleydale in Yorkshire. 25 June 1915
 
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Grea

master brummie
Brilliant photo Terry, I am still hoping that there may be a photo of my grandfather somewhere out there !st/5th Royal Warwicks. Joined 1913, demobbed 1919.
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
I've only just noticed this photo, (May 6th). I love how natural everyone looks, so much better than the stiffly - posed ones that were the norm in those days.
I'm surprised Angela Merkel managed to get in on the act though !
 

Andrea Parkes

New Member
I discovered last year that my Great Uncle Charles Crisp signed up to the Birmingham Pals 14th Bn. in 1914. He lived on Norman St, Winston Green. He died aged 21 at the Battle of Guillemont on 3 Sep 1916, and I have discovered he has a headstone at Theipval Memorial. The War Diary page detailing the day of his and many others’ deaths is extremely moving. This site is fascinating. I have no photographs of him and am keenly looking to see if I can find a face similar to his brother, my dear Grandpa. Whether I will ever identify him in a photograph or not, the insight here from comments and photographs is extremely helpful for me in building a small picture into how Great Uncle and his comrades lived their lives during their preparations for war. Thank you all for your efforts and posts on the Birmingham Pals, for me having this information available is invaluable.
 

Zoe_T

New Member
HI Terry,
I have just discovered this button, and it has been suggested to me that it might be a "sutton coldfield auxiliary" uniform button, linked to the Birmingham Pals. I'm not quite sure what is meant by this, but I thought I'd show you the button just in case the lead is a good one. Would be great to hear from you,
Zoe


Excellent pictures Steve.

I have just returned from the Somme and you have been busy while I've been away!

Thank you for mentioning my book "Birmingham Pals". I have been informed it can be found in "The Works" for about 12 pounds, which is a lot cheaper than I get them from the publisher.

Regards

Terry Carter

If there are any queries regarding the Birmingham Pals no doubt myself and Steve would find the answer
 

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maypolebaz

master brummie
I discovered last year that my Great Uncle Charles Crisp signed up to the Birmingham Pals 14th Bn. in 1914. He lived on Norman St, Winston Green. He died aged 21 at the Battle of Guillemont on 3 Sep 1916, and I have discovered he has a headstone at Theipval Memorial. The War Diary page detailing the day of his and many others’ deaths is extremely moving. This site is fascinating. I have no photographs of him and am keenly looking to see if I can find a face similar to his brother, my dear Grandpa. Whether I will ever identify him in a photograph or not, the insight here from comments and photographs is extremely helpful for me in building a small picture into how Great Uncle and his comrades lived their lives during their preparations for war. Thank you all for your efforts and posts on the Birmingham Pals, for me having this information available is invaluable.
What number in Norman St did your Great Uncle live ? My grandparents were of that era and lived in Norman St.
 

Steve R

master brummie
In the Birmingham Pals history of the 14th battalion there is a C Crisp who is on the Manifolda Limited roll of honour in West Bromwich. Could this be your relative?
 
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