Accrington Pals. 11th (Service) Battalion East Lancashire by Andrew Jackson

By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new heritage tells the tale of the nice battle because it used to be skilled by way of the boys of the eleventh Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals), the 158th (Accrington and Burnley) Brigade, Royal box Artillery (Howitzers) and their households. utilizing details amassed from years of painstaking learn in nationwide and native files and in inner most collections, he reconstructs, in bright aspect, the position performed via those males at the Western entrance. His publication, which attracts widely on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the warfare, giving a photo close-up view in their stories. it's a relocating list of the wartime provider of a opt for team of neighborhood males in the course of a time of remarkable clash.

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In 1901 – prompted by the success of the Ancoats’ Lads’ Club in Manchester – Riley founded the Burnley Lads’ Club, immediately taking on the post of Honorary Secretary. The Club’s first premises amounted to three rooms over a stable in Chaffer Court, Adlington Street. By 1907, the Lads’ Club had also taken over the old Foresters’ Club in Lindsay Street and had a regular membership of 200; for an entrance fee of 2d and a membership fee of 1d per week, the Club provided a reading room, a large gymnasium, games rooms, five football teams, a cross-country team, a swimming club, a cricket club, a cycling club and an annual seaside camp.

Even if Britain was far from committing herself to war, France was clearly fully expecting her support. Two days later, France and Germany declared war on each other. Germany’s strategy for victory was to concentrate her armies for a rapid thrust through Belgium and north-west France, passing to the west of Paris before turning to crush the French armies; victory within the space of six weeks would allow time to switch the focus of attack to the Eastern Front where the Russian armies posed less of an immediate threat.

Of those who have given generously of their time, help and knowledge throughout my work, I would like particularly to thank John Garwood, David Ingham, Mike Townend and the late Denis Otter. For information on the Harwood family, the help given by Mike Harwood, Nin and Pen Harwood, André and Justine Gernez, Heather Fereday, Anne and Paul Willett, and Jayne Waring has been invaluable. I am grateful to staff at the following archives for allowing me access to collections for which they are responsible and, where requested, for their permission to quote from documents: British Library, The National Archives, Royal Geographical Society, Imperial War Museum, Lancashire Infantry Museum, Royal Artillery Museum, Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds, North West Sound Archive, Accrington, Burnley and Chorley public libraries.

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