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Accrington associates is being re-released as a result of well known call for after being out of inventory for someday. the 1st publication to be released within the now hugely acclaimed associates sequence. The Accrington friends have been the main well-known of the entire battalions, established upon learn in neighborhood and nationwide information, and interviews with the battalion's handful of survivors, their many kin and descendants, it incorporates a nice variety of hitherto-unpublished eye-witnessed debts and pictures. Accrington friends will entice all these attracted to the good warfare, including somebody in and round the Accrington sector with an curiosity in relations background.

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14. 8 See ‘Britain in the Century of Total War’. A. 50 (quote from Daily News, August 5th, 1914). T. 14. ’ T. Wilson, article in ‘History’, Vol. 64, No. 212, October, 1979. Chapter One Come back this afternoon In Accrington, in the first few days after Britain’s declaration of war, the excitement intensified. The grave anxieties of the last days of peace gave way to a patriotic enthusiasm for war as every day excited crowds gathered eager for any news, outside the Town Hall, the Post Office and the newspaper offices.

The disappointed could try again. Recruiting increased to 628 by Saturday September 19th; by Tuesday 784; by Thursday September 24th the recruiting stations of Burnley, Accrington and district closed, their targets met. Reaction to the idea of a Pals battalion had been patchy in the townships surrounding Accrington. Great Harwood showed little interest and provided only a dozen or so recruits. In contrast Rishton, smallest of the five townships, responded well. On the first day, the 19 who enlisted at the recruiting station in the Conservative Club, marched to the railway station to take the train to Accrington for their medical and attestation.

Chorley has been given the exceptional honour of forming a company of Pals. It would be an ungrateful circumstance if it were abused by any signs of slackness. The pay of £1 1s. is extraordinarily good — and the new separation allowances — wife 12/6d, 2/6d for each child — improve it even more. To be billeted at home should greatly influence the influx of desirable recruits and be an inducement to shop assistants, clerks, etc. ”32 Chorley, at least shared with Burnley, the idea of a Company made up of ‘business young men’.

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