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

By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new historical past tells the tale of the good struggle 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 collected from years of painstaking learn in nationwide and native files and in inner most collections, he reconstructs, in brilliant element, the function performed by means of those males at the Western entrance. His booklet, which pulls commonly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the conflict, giving a image close-up view in their reviews. it's a relocating list of the wartime carrier of a opt for staff of neighborhood males in the course of a time of unheard of clash.

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Both were wounded and both died shortly afterwards. The successful assassination was a matter of atrocious luck: the driver of the Archduke’s car had taken a wrong turning on the way to the hospital and, while attempting to reverse, came to a halt within a few yards of one of the six members of Mlada Bosnia (Young Bosnia) who was armed for an assassination attempt; Gavrilo Princip drew his pistol and fired the two fatal shots. With the death of Franz Ferdinand at the hands of an organization that undoubtedly had had the support of the pan-Serb society Crna Ruka (Black Hand), the Austrian government had the pretext to provoke a war with Serbia which it expected to win decisively and rapidly.

Councillor John Barlow, a Liberal and a director of cotton mills, also spoke in support of the proposal, and commented on the grit and perseverance shown by Harwood throughout his career. The proposal was carried by the Council unanimously and Harwood was led to the mayoral chair while ‘the Council rose and applauded heartily’. While the year that followed may well have been, as Councillor Dewhurst had wished, the happiest of Harwood’s life – it included the visit to Accrington of King George V and Queen Mary on 9 July 1913 – his popularity saw him reelected for a further two years so that the mayorship remained his throughout the first fifteen months of the First World War.

At Burnley, 50-year-old Raymond St George Ross, an ex-Territorial officer employed as analytical chemist for the borough, had been appointed temporary recruiting officer for the station which opened at the Drill Hall in Bank Parade. It was as evident at Burnley as it was elsewhere that the higher physical standards were preventing large numbers of men from enlisting, and Harwood was quick to telegraph the War Office to request that an exception be made for his battalion so as not to delay its completion.

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