Liverpool Pals - Earl of Derby Match Box Cover, 1918
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Measurements: 5.7cm (in) x 3.9cm (in) x 2.1cm (in)
Silver. Slide cover applied with the Eagle and Child heraldic crest of the 16th Earl of Derby. Maker’s mark of M.J.& Co. Hallmarked Birmingham 1918.
In August 1914 the 16th Earl of Derby organised one of the most successful recruitment drives of the First World War by encouraging the enlistment of 1500 Liverpudlians in two days. Speaking to the men he said: "This should be a battalion of pals, a battalion in which friends from the same office will fight shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool.” Derby’s recruitment efforts ultimately supplied enough men to form the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Battalions The King’s Liverpool Regiment (Liverpool Pals), all of which, with the King’s permission, bore the Eagle and Child crest and motto 'Sans changer' (Without change) for a cap badge.