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By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new background tells the tale of the nice warfare because it used to be skilled via 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 documents and in deepest collections, he reconstructs, in vibrant aspect, the function performed by means of those males at the Western entrance. His booklet, which pulls largely on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the battle, giving a picture close-up view in their stories. it's a relocating list of the wartime carrier of a opt for staff of neighborhood males in the course of a time of extraordinary clash.

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As his mother, Mary, and step-father, Edmund, began a family of their own, John was sent to work at the age of just 7. On moving to Accrington, John started out as a warehouse boy at Fountain Mill in the Scaitcliffe district of the town, and by the age of 13 was a cotton power-loom weaver. At some point in the 1860s, John left to work in Chorley, where on 4 July 1867 he married Sarah Fisher, a 22-year-old local girl, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Park Road. The decade of industrialization from 1851 to 1860 had seen Accrington transformed from little more than a village into a sizeable town of some importance; the several watercourses that flowed through the town had favoured the establishment of cotton mills along their banks, the opening of railway lines to Blackburn, Burnley and Manchester in 1848 had given a further stimulus to the town’s economy, and the formation of a Local Board in 1853 represented the beginnings of local government.

The recruiting office at Chorley opened on the following day. Each recruit to the battalion was posted to one of four companies which, following normal practice, were designated as A, B, C and D. Less conventionally, each company was also referred to by a geographical label, so that A Company was also known as Accrington Company, B Company as District Company, C Company as Chorley Company (Chorley Pals), and D Company as Burnley Company (Burnley Pals). The labels would create confusion over the geographical make-up of the battalion which continues today.

At this point in time, Britain was by no means committed to supporting either France or Russia. 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.

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