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

By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new historical past tells the tale of the nice conflict because it used to be skilled through 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 accrued from years of painstaking study in nationwide and native documents and in deepest collections, he reconstructs, in vibrant element, the function performed through those males at the Western entrance. His booklet, which attracts broadly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the struggle, giving a picture close-up view in their studies. it's a relocating list of the wartime provider of a pick out workforce of neighborhood males in the course of a time of exceptional clash.

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Economic migration from Lancashire to the textile manufacturing centres of New England was hardly a new phenomenon by the 1870s; as early as the 1850s it was said of the Massachusetts towns of New Bedford and Fall River that Lancashire immigrants ‘abounded as nowhere else’. By the mid-1870s, English immigrants made up 34 per cent of the workforce in Fall River, where the cotton textile workforce had quadrupled in the ten years following the end of the war to satisfy a massive increase in demand for inexpensive cotton clothing.

Entering the twentieth century, Germany’s ambition was at a much higher level: to rival Great Britain as a world power. It was an ambition – most blatantly displayed in the massive expansion from 1888 of Germany’s Imperial Navy driven by Kaiser Wilhelm II – that led Britain ultimately to form alliances with Japan (1902), France (1904) and Russia (1907). To successive Chiefs of the German General Staff, however, the threat to Germany’s ambitions lay in the new armaments programmes of both France and Russia.

In short, the summer of 1914 found the European powers trapped in a web of mutual loathing and fear. All that was needed was an excuse to go to war, and on 28 June ‘the most famous wrong-turning in history’ provided it. In between articles looking forward to the next season for Haslingden Football Club and ‘Personal Gossip’, the Accrington Observer and Times of 30 June 1914 reported the assassination two days previously of Franz Ferdinand and his morganatic wife, Sophie, in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo: The Archduke had paid no heed to warnings to him not to go to Bosnia on account of the disturbed state of the province.

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