The sign-up of Liverpool Pals as witnessed by Lord Kitchner, 1914.
Prince Edward to UnVeil Memorial
On Sunday 31 August at 11am, Prince Edward will be unveiling a new memorial in Lime Street, Liverpool, to commemorate services that the Liverpool Pals gave in the Second World War, especially in France. Although the event is strictly invitation only, there will be a number of events being held at St George’s Plateau, including the re-enactment of the signing up of Liverpool Pals – exactly 100 years ago on the day. The general public are being invited to take part in some of the events, and the organisers are encouraging people to come dressed up in costumes or clothing of the time! For more information, please visit the Liverpool Pals website here.
Liverpool Pals Facts
Face for Business, a UK business telephone answering service, has recently undertaken a fundraising campaign to celebrate our 1st birthday. We chose to raise money for ‘Help for Heroes’ by holding a cake sale and raffles. We also set up a Just Giving page – details on the event can be found here.
- The title ‘Liverpool Pals’ derived from the fact that these soldiers were recruited from the same offices or factories, usually.
- Lord Derby recruited white collar workers, from various shipping, insurance and brokerage clerk sectors, these people formed the ‘Liverpool Pals’
- They formed part of The King’s Liverpool Regiment – see Museum of Liverpool’s website for further information
- The Liverpool Pals were part of the 17th – 20th battalions
- They wore the ‘eagle and child’ crest of Lord Derby
A member of Face for Business is attending the event and will be taking some photographs of the unveiling, and we’ll share them with you in a follow-up post. Additionally, if anyone has a ‘Liverpool Pals’ story that they’d like to share with us, we’d be happy to feature it on our blog.
"Lest We Forget"
Video of Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’ (c/o ESL and Popular Culture).