By Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson's new background tells the tale of the nice conflict because it was once skilled by means of the lads of the eleventh Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals), the 158th (Accrington and Burnley) Brigade, Royal box Artillery (Howitzers) and their households. utilizing info accrued from years of painstaking examine in nationwide and native files and in deepest collections, he reconstructs, in shiny aspect, the function performed via those males at the Western entrance. His e-book, which pulls greatly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the struggle, giving a photograph close-up view in their reviews. it's a relocating checklist of the wartime carrier of a decide upon crew of neighborhood males in the course of a time of remarkable clash.
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91m). Chapter 1 A Determination to Make Good On 9 November 1912, the Council Chamber of Accrington’s Town Hall was filled to capacity as councillors and public alike gathered to witness the election of 65-year-old Captain John Harwood as the new mayor. The outgoing mayor, Alderman Arthur Smith Bury, a Liberal by political inclination and a cotton manufacturer by trade, described Harwood as a thoroughly broad-minded man of great tact in proposing him for the post. Seconding the proposal, Alderman Doctor Counsell Dewhurst, a fellow Conservative, remarked on the well-known popularity of Harwood and, while referring to his poor health during recent months, expressed the hope that his mayorship would be the happiest year of his life.
While the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, was in favour of intervention in a European war – seemingly because he was convinced of the threat to Britain from Germany should France be defeated – he was supported only by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, when the British Cabinet convened on 31 July. Of the other seventeen Cabinet members who met that Friday, at least five argued for an immediate declaration of neutrality. Reading through the pages of the Accrington Observer and Times for July 1914, it is difficult to build a picture of a town overly concerned with the prospect of war in Europe.
Training relied greatly on the experience of former NCOs, men such as 52-year-old George Lee, 55-year-old Andrew Muir and 59-year-old Walter Stanton who were gratefully accepted into the battalion despite being over the prescribed age limit. Born at Widecombe in Devon, George Lee left work as a farm labourer aged 16 to volunteer for Army service, and was with the 24th Regiment (South Wales Borderers) at Ulundi, the concluding battle of the Anglo-Zulu War, on 4 July 1879. Lee reached the rank of colour sergeant with 1/East Lancashire before being appointed drill instructor to The King’s (Liverpool Regiment); after twenty-one years and twenty-three days in the Army, Lee retired to live in Accrington, only to re-join in July 1900 as temporary drill instructor to the local Territorials.
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