By William Turner
Persist with the footsteps of the friends of their jo urney from Lancashire to their education camps in England and Wales and to the villages and battlefields of France '
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It took the death of the club to bring it fame – even cult status. ) One can add to these, of course, the ‘Accrington Pals’. It must be said however, that the name is something of a misnomer. Although the Pals were formed in Accrington by the Mayor of Accrington, only one of the four original companies (250 men each) was of men originally from Accrington. A second, the ‘District’, was of men from the surrounding townships, the third from Chorley (with a Blackburn Detachment of fifty men), and the fourth from Burnley.
Q. Fred also decided that when the time came to go abroad he would finish being a batman. He saw his future as a bomber and nothing else. He enjoyed the company of his fellow-bombers and he was, in his own words, “Fighting fit and ready for anything”. Divisional training started on Salisbury Plain. The weather turned foul. ’ The specialists continued their training – and the ‘Burly Bombers’ of ‘Z’ Company had exciting times. ‘Our job was to train for ‘dangerous enterprises against the enemy’, learn the use of gun-cotton, fuses and detonators, how to make and throw bombs made from jam tins and how to fire rifle-grenades.
I shall never forget that day in that shell-hole but I think I have something to he thankful for that I am alive at all, another inch or so would have done it. The doctor takes the pieces of broken bone out and I think the face will get quite right in time. I can only eat sloppy foods yet and have had eggs and milk, rice, etc. with a few biscuits and jam and tea and coffee. My mouth is not quite as sore now but I cannot bite. Besides some handkerchiefs I would like some cotton (to sew my trousers) and needles and a bit of wool to darn the socks, grey preferred, a few envelopes and a few sheets of notepaper, also a pencil, if this is not asking too much.