Accrington's Pals: The Full Story

The 11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment and the 158th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Andrew Jackson

Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
3x8 b/w plate sections
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Andrew Jackson's new history tells the story of the Great War as it was experienced by the men of the 11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals), the 158th (Accrington and Burnley) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Howitzers) and their families. Using information gathered from years of painstaking research in national and local archives and in private collections, he reconstructs, in vivid detail, the role played by these men on the Western Front. His book, which draws extensively on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows both infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the war, giving a graphic close-up view of their experiences. It is a moving record of the wartime service of a select group of local men during a time of unprecedented conflict.

About The Author

Andrew Jackson was born and raised in Accrington and he has been fascinated by the story of the Accrington Pals since first visiting the battlefields of the Western Front in 1972, accompanied by Harry Bloor, one of the Pals who went over the top on 1 July 1916. He began researching the history of the Pals in 1980 and has been accumulating information about them ever since. He is the creator of the Accrington Pals website ( From its inception in 1997, the website has grown to more than 280 pages. He has also created the one of the best Peninsular War websites:


"...truly brings home the brutal realities of combat from an evocative, firsthand perspective in this intriguing book published to mark the war's centenary."

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