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By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new heritage tells the tale of the good warfare because it was once 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 study in nationwide and native documents and in inner most collections, he reconstructs, in bright aspect, the function performed through those males at the Western entrance. His booklet, which pulls broadly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the warfare, giving a photograph close-up view in their studies. it's a relocating list of the wartime provider of a opt for crew of neighborhood males in the course of a time of remarkable clash.

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You are sitting on your heels on the kerbstones twiddling your thumbs. You are propping up the railings of the Ambulance Hall. You are trapesing aimlessly through the already too crowded streets. You are lounging, sitting and standing near the war office in Dutton-street discussing tactics and methods of a warfare in which you will not, either with hammer or gun, play your part for the honour of your country. The same issue of the newspaper carried a letter to the editor from ‘A Patriot’ urging Accrington to follow the examples set by Liverpool and Manchester of raising battalions of local men at their own expense: ‘We hear of great numbers of men coming forward in different parts of the country, and Manchester is earning itself distinction for the readiness of its men to offer themselves.

Today we would still be a match for them. In his opinion there was no alternative to making preventive war in order to defeat the enemy while there was still a chance of victory. The Chief of the General Staff therefore proposed that I should conduct a policy with the aim of provoking a war in the near future. 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.

John, employed as a cotton mill labourer, would have struggled to support his young family adequately; Lancashire mill owners had cut wages by 10 per cent in 1869 and, given John’s undoubted strength of character, it is not surprising that he joined thousands of other Lancashire spinners and weavers who had been encouraged by their unions to emigrate to the United States. 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’.

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