Introduction

The Leeds Pals were men and boys from Leeds who formed the 15th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment, The Prince of Wales’ Own. The Pals enlisted as volunteer soldiers at the outset of the First World War following Lord Kitchener’s famous ‘Call to Arms’. They were part of a national phenomenon of ‘Pals’ that sprang up from many towns and cities across the nation. In common with other volunteer battalions, the Leeds Pals were nearly wiped out in the Battle of the Somme.