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The Glasgow Pals were officially the 15th, 16th and 17th Battalions of the Highland Light Infantry and, as their name indicates, all three battalions were raised in the City of Glasgow . The majority of the men enlisted between September and December 1914.

All three battalions went into action in the Somme Offensive in July 1916, the 16th and 17th Battalions both sustaining heavy casualties on the opening day.