Two Years in the Making, Ten minutes in the Destroying
PALS Battalions were established in Britain to encourage recruiting men for the army in World War One. An entire village could enlist with the promise that the men would serve together throughout the war no matter what happened. Although it was initially popular, it soon became clear that a large loss in a PALS Battalion could be devastating for a town or city.
The man responsible for this system was Lord Kitchener, whose job it was to encourage and persuade men to join the army. However, he did have some input from fellow Amry Generals, mainly from Sir Henry Rawlinson.
By the end of September 1914 over fifty towns in Britain had formed PALS Battalions. The larger towns and cities were able to form more than one battalion. Manchester & Hull had four battalions, Liverpool, Birmingham & Glasgow had three battalions and many more were able to raise at least two battalions.