By Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson's new background tells the tale of the nice 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 info amassed from years of painstaking learn in nationwide and native information and in deepest collections, he reconstructs, in bright element, the function performed via those males at the Western entrance. His e-book, which pulls broadly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the conflict, giving a photo close-up view in their studies. it's a relocating list of the wartime carrier of a decide upon crew of neighborhood males in the course of a time of unparalleled 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.
Indeed, his mind was probably already working on similar lines and, on 31 August, two days after the letter was published, he telegraphed the War Office with an offer to raise a half-battalion from the Accrington district. Events now moved rapidly. Harwood’s initiative in taking the first steps towards the formation of a local battalion was brought up by Captain Dr Andrew Gordon Watson at a meeting of the North-East Lancashire Squadron of the Legion of Frontiersmen at the Bull Hotel, Burnley on the evening of Thursday, 3 September.
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