Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Heaton Park during the First World War

During the First World War Heaton Park was used as a major military camp for the Pals Battalions recruited by civic leaders in Manchester shortly after the outbreak of the war.

The parks committee of Manchester Corporation gave permission for Heaton Park to be used on 14 September 1914, exactly a month after the war had started.

Thousands of men who volunteered lived in a tent city while they trained to become soldiers. The Manchester Pals, as they were known, left Heaton Park in April 1915, for further training and ultimately the first day of the Somme where many were killed.

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