As recruitment brought a tremendous influx of volunteers into
the British Army, some new units were designated “Pals Battalions” and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment had some
units known as the Birmingham Pals. They would train together, go to war together and, sadly, many died together. Leading
to whole streets suffering losses in a single battle. Arthur Hackett, of Springfield Road, Kings Heath, was the first
Birmingham Pal to die in action.
Arthur did not die in any major battle but was just one of many who died every
day in that terrible war. He lies in Carnoy Military Cemetery on the Somme battlefield in France, but he died many
months before the famous battle in that area when 20,000 allied soldiers and similar numbers of the enemy being killed on
just that one day.