Search for your ancestors in the 1,200 initial recruits of the Swansea Pals, a local battalion officially known as the 14th (Service) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment.

The Mayor of Swansea recruited these men at the start of the First World War in response to Lord Kitchener’s appeal for volunteers in 1914.

What can these records tell me about my ancestors?
The Swansea Pals records will tell you the following about the men who joined at the beginning of WWI
Initial/s and last name
Soldier number
Rank
Next of kin
Address of next of kin


What do the records look like?
These records are transcriptions of original documents that the West Glamorgan Archives holds.


The Swansea Pals in World War One
The Swansea Pals departed for the Western Front in December 1915 and became part of the 38th Welsh Division. The battalion participated in the attack on Mametz Wood in France during the First Battle of the Somme. One hundred men were lost and 300 more wounded in a single day.

Find out more The West Glamorgan Archives holds the nominal roll of initial recruits in the series TC/26/40.

Members of the Glamorgan Family History Society have transcribed the nominal roll for findmypast