Lord Derby came up with the idea of bringing together men who worked and socialised in a fighting regiment to appeal to more men to ‘sign up’.
The response to the first adverts was so great, that Lord Derby was able to form two battalions, and by mid-October a second advertisement appealing for recruits meant that there were a total of four ‘Liverpool Pals’ battalions, and two reserve battalions. They were officially known as the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Service Battalions of the King’s Regiment, Liverpool.
Excelling in his army career in the 17th Battalion, Frank Watson received a temporary officer’s commission and transferred to the 22nd Manchester Pals as Captain.
In April 1917, having returned to the Front after recovering from a previous wound, Frank was fatally wounded.