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The York & Lancaster Regiment 12th (Service) Battalion (Sheffield), The Sheffield Pals

The York and Lancaster Regiment, 12th (Service) Battalion, The Sheffield Pals was raised on the 10th September 1914 with almost 1000 volunteers being recruited in the first two days. Training began at drill took place at Bramhall Lane, home of Sheffield United Cricket and Football Club, the activities did nothing for the quality of the pitch and on Saturday 5th December 1914 the battalion left Sheffield for Redmires Camp, a few miles west of the city. The Battalion joined the 94th Brigade, 31st Division. They also trained at Penkridge Bank Camp near Rugeley, Ripon and Hurdcott Camp near Salisbury.

In December 1915 The Sheffield Pals boarded HMT Nestor at Devonport and set sail for Alexandria in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. The ship arrived in Alexandria on 1st January 1916 thus all the men of the division missed qualification for the 1914-15 Star by one day.

The expected Turkishh invasion did not appear and in March 1916 The Sheffield Pals and the rest of 31 Division left Port Said aboard HMT Briton bound for Marseilles in France,a journey which took 5 days. They travelled by train to Pont Remy, a few miles south east of Abbeville and marched to Bertrancourt arriving on 29 March 1916.

18 days after arriving in France The Sheffield Pals took over a stretch of the front line opposite the village of Serre at the northern most end of The Somme suffering very heavy casualties as the battle was launched. In 1917 they were in action in the Battle of Arras and in 1918 they fought at St Quentin, Bapaume and Arras before moving north to counter the German Spring Offensive on the Lys. Towards the end of the conflict they were in action in the the Final Advance in Flanders.

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Those known to have served with The York & Lancaster Regiment 12th (Service) Battalion (Sheffield), The Sheffield Pals during the Great War 1914-1918.

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  • Pte. S. Ardern
  • Pte. H. C. Arridge. MM.
  • L/Cpl R T Baker. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Wiliam Henry Bagshaw (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte L Barlow (d. 1st July 1916)
  • 2nd Lt Arnold James Beal "B" Company (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Sgt Wilfred Randal Beal (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Douglas Beaumont (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Cpl. Signaller. A. Brammer
  • Pte Archie Brammer. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. R. F. Brookes. Lewis gunner. "B" Company (d. 2 July 1916) Read his Story
  • Pte J W Buckley (d. 1st July 1916)
  • L/Cpl. M. B. Burnby. MM.
  • Pte J A Buttery. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Carr (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Captain William Spenceley Clark. "A" Company.
  • Clarke (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte C C Clixby (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Colley (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Sjt Randall Cooper "B" Coy (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. Bertram Corthorn. DCM. "B" Company Read his Story
  • Sjt Clement Cundliffe. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Lt-Col. Crosthwaite
  • 2nd Lt F Dinsdale (d. 1st July 1916)
  • L/Sjt Frederick Donoghue. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. A. Downing. MM.
  • Lt. Charles Elam (d. 1st July 1916) Read his Story
  • Pte L Eyre (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Alexander Hugh Franks. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Lieutenant Colonel H.B.Fisher. CO.
  • Pte. Albert Fretwell, No. 5 Platoon "B" Company Read his Story
  • Pte. C. S. Garbutt. MM.
  • Pte Alfred Goodlad. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte E R Glossop (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. H. Glossop. No. 4 Platoon, "A" Company
  • Pte Harry Thomas Hale (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Cpl Fred Barmore Hampton. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte J Hargate (d. 1st July 1916)
  • L/Cpl G H Haskey (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Sjt M C P Headeach. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Frederic Haydn Hobson. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Ernest Hudson (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte David Jones "A" Coy (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Private John Henry Kelk "D" Coy (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte James Knighton "A" Coy (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Herbert Lack (d. 6 July 1916)
  • Pte A Levick (d. 1st July 1916)
  • CSM William Henry Loxley. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. Alexander McKenzie. (d. 4 Apr 1916)
  • Pte. R. Marsden. MM.
  • Pte. S. Matthews. DCM.
  • Pte. George Augustus Mulford. Read his Story
  • Pte T Miller (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Captain Moore. commander "B" Company
  • Pte Harry Neil (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte H Norris. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Cpl. Signaller. Outram
  • Pte Charles Edward Owen. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Geoffrey Haslehurst Owen (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte J W Parker (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Perkins (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Major Plackett
  • Pte Harry Preistley (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Walter Rawlin (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Cpl George Herbert Rhodes. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Adam Kerr Rigg (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte George Ernest Roe.
  • Pte Gordon Henry Sadler (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Frederick Joseph Scothern. "D" Coy. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte J Stanley (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte G Stockel. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Sgt. John William Streets. Read his Story
  • Pte A J Thorne (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte John Leonard Thorpe (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Julius Adrian Verner (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Richard Henry Verner (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte George Elgie Ward. (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Lieut. L. Ward.
  • Pte J Waterhouse (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte Albert Webster (d. 1st July 1916)
  • L/Cpl Henry William Wharton (d. 1st July 1916)
  • L/Cpl Noel N Wilcock (d. 1st July 1916)
  • Pte. Geoffrey C. Wright. DCM. runner.
  • A/Capt. George Noel Bisatt 6h Btn. Read their Story.

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A/Capt. George Noel Bisatt 6h Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

My great uncle George Bisatt, from Fishlake in Yorkshire was a railway clerk living in Sheffield when war broke out. He joined the 12th Yorks and Lancaster Regiment, The Sheffield Pals and served on The Somme. He was commissioned into the 6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, in June 1917 and saw action in the Third Battle of Ypres. He was the battalion Adjutant in 1918. Does anyone have any information or a photo of of him?

At the end of the war he led the party who returned to Bradford to collect the colours, does anyone have a better copy of the photo of the handing over ceremony, as printed in the History of the 6th Battlion?

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Sheffield City Battalion

Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

On the 10th September 1914 the City of Sheffield officially raised its own battalion, named the 12th (Service) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (Sheffield City Battalion). Just three and half years later in February 1918, the Battalion was disbanded, never to be reformed. In this short space of time over 3,000 men passed through the ranks of the City Battalion. Of these almost 700 were killed or died of their wounds, and over 500 were commissioned.The book covers the raising of the battalion , training, Egypt, early days in France, preparations for the Somme, 1st July (over 248 men killed, over 300 wounded), the aftermath of the battle, Neuve Chapelle, Arras, Vimy Ridge and finally disbandment and post war.The book also has extensive appendices, listing decorations, army organisations and ranks, biographical list, The Reserves Companies, Documents. With a unique selection of photographs this book is a tribute to the men who served in the Sheffield City Battalion.
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Sheffield City Battalion

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