What can these records tell me? Each record is a transcript from The Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour
The amount of information listed varies, but the Birmingham City Battalions records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
The “Birmingham Pals Battalions” were officially the 14th, 15th and 16th Service Battalions of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The new regiments were set up by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham in August 1914. The Pals Regiments were the brainchild of Lord Derby, allowing young men to serve with their friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even teammates. These records list the nearly 4,000 men who began their campaign in Boulogne in November 1915.
The Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour was compiled in 1920. As well as full records the original book also contains many photographs of the soldiers. However there is no specific key to the individuals in each of these photographs.
If you are having trouble finding your ancestor in the records, you can widen your search by clicking the “name variants” box under the search bar. When checked, this will return even more records, including those with similar names, alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.