The Leeds Pals Trail

The Leeds Pals volunteer researchers have put together a guide with details of locations in and around Leeds that have a connection with the story of the Leeds Pals Battalion.

These include places like Hanover Square, recruiting office for Leeds, which was overwhelmed by men eager to enlist in 1914, as well as Leeds Parish Church (also known as Leeds Minster).This is where Dr Samuel Bickersteth, Vicar of Leeds, made impassioned pleas for the young men of Leeds to respond to Lord Kitchener’s appeal to enlist for the First World War. His own son was to lose his life serving with the Leeds Pals during the Battle of the Somme. Poignant memorials to Stanley Morris Bickersteth, the Leeds Pals and many others can be visited at the Minster.

Colsterdale (North Yorkshire) contains the site of the Leeds Pals' training camp and is also featured in the guide with details of the army camp, the Pals' story and the Prisoner of War camp years.