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Durham Pals Weekend 29th and 30th September
The Durham Pals are based in the North East of England and portray the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry - know as the Durham Pals. The original Durham Pals was created in 1914 as part of Kitchener's New Army and was made up of men from the County Durham area who joined up just for the duration of the war, essentially being civilians in khaki. Whilst still in training and only in the Army for a few months, Durham Pals had a company-sized unit of men who has undertaken range firing on rifles, and a machine gun section, deployed to the Hartlepools in late 1914 on coastal defence duty. A number of these men were on duty near to the Heugh Battery during the Bombardment on 16th December 1914. A number of men were killed and injured, including Pte Theophilus Jones who is remembered as the first man killed on home soil by the enemy in the First World War, and also the first man of Kitchener's Army to be killed in action.
As well as having taken part in the annual Bombardment commemoration for a number of years, the Pals will be at the Heugh Battery on the weekend of the 29/30 September in the clothing and equipment of the pals as they appeared in 1914.
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