The Accrington Pals
The Accrington Pals are interweaved into the very fabric of Hyndburn’s local history, famously forming as they did a Pals battalion to fight in the First World War, with many men from this area answering Kitchener’s call and joining up. But on 1 July 1916, on that fateful first day of the Battle of the Somme, they suffered severe losses and over 600 casualties, leaving the community back home shattered and hardly anyone untouched, with so many losing husbands, sons, brothers, uncles, friends and neighbours.
A series of commemorative events took place to mark the centenary of the Accrington Pals’ devastating losses in the Battle of the Somme to mark the sacrifice of all those who fell in the Great War.
Interested in the Accrington Pals story? Visit Accrington Town Hall where a room has been created dedicated to the memory of the Accrington Pals, with the walls featuring famous images of the Pals, along with interpretation boards telling their poignant story and a range of artefacts on display.
The Accrington Pals Room is open during normal Town Hall opening hours and more displays and information are available at Accrington Library and Hyndburn Heritage Museum in the Arndale Centre.
Accrington Pals trails leaflets are also available from the Town Hall or online