7 12, 2016

How news of the outbreak of war was reported in East Lancashire

December 7th, 2016|Life at Home|0 Comments

On August 4th 1914 the declaration of war between Great Britain and Germany was announced in a short statement by the Foreign Office at11 p.m. [...]

3 10, 2016

Why did men from St. James–the-Less have to fight in the First World War?

October 3rd, 2016|After the War, Life at Home, Life in the Trenches|0 Comments

Between early August 1914, when the war started, and 1916 over 150 men from St James-the-Less had joined the armed forces and gone to war, [...]

3 10, 2016

World War One Belgian Refugees

October 3rd, 2016|Life at Home|0 Comments

Between late August 1914 and May 1915 250,000 Belgian refugees escaping the war in their country arrived in Britain. Now, one hundred years later, Europe [...]

3 10, 2016

Conscientious Objectors

October 3rd, 2016|Life at Home, Life in the Trenches|0 Comments

Despite the many thousands in the UK who thought it was their patriotic duty to enlist and fight the enemy at the start of the [...]

3 08, 1914

When War broke out in Rossendale

August 3rd, 1914|Life at Home, Life in the Trenches|0 Comments

There was a lot of patriotism and confidence in the first weeks and months of the war, both in the nation and in Rossendale. People [...]

22 06, 1918

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919.

June 22nd, 1918|After the War, Life at Home|0 Comments

Before Rossendale and the nation could think of getting back to ‘normal’ after the war, a new, deadly, silent threat appeared during 1918. It was [...]

25 09, 1916

Zeppelin airships

September 25th, 1916|Life at Home|0 Comments

In the two years before the war there were hundreds of sightings of what people believed were airships in the skies from across Britain. This [...]

25 09, 1916

Work and Healthcare

September 25th, 1916|Life at Home|0 Comments

Work Many of the men and women who remained behind supported the war effort in lots of ways. Because many men were away on the [...]

16 03, 1915

How did the soldiers keep in touch with their families and friends at home?

March 16th, 1915|Life at Home, Life in the Trenches|0 Comments

Unlike today, when we have smartphones and a host of other electronic devices to make immediate contact with people anywhere in the world, the only [...]

16 06, 1914

What means of communication did the army use in the trenches?

June 16th, 1914|Life at Home, Life in the Trenches|0 Comments

In any war reliable and accurate communication is essential. Battles are often won or lost on the ability to communicate information on enemy positions and [...]

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