A Singular Day On The Somme by Joe Devereux (Printsat Ltd 2013, Limited edition of 1000, 205pp, softback, £12.00)
The First Day of the Battle of the Somme continues to fascinate, even a hundred years later; the British Army’s blackest day when more than 57,000 soldiers became casualties. This new book focuses on one unit involved in that day; the Liverpool Pals, and their losses on 1st July 1916. The Liverpool Pals were formed in 1914 as Lord Derby’s personal army; he paid for their uniforms, equipment, billets and even their wages, and dictated their badge; a special silver one resembling the Derby family’s coat of arms. Taken over by the War Office in 1915 they fought on the Somme and despite success in the attack on Montauban suffered considerable casualties.
This book by King’s Liverpool Regiment expert Joe Devereux examines the background to the Liverpool Pals and then goes into detail on the men from the Liverpool Pals who died on 1st July 1916. There is a short biography for each one, and for many a portrait photograph and other details. It is a well presented book, handsomely produced on high quality paper. Well written, the book is a real must for anyone with an interest in the Somme as well as those with a fascination with the Pals. Recommended.
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