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9 November 1917 : Pte John Wood

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His father John Wood was a pit-worker and his mother Betsy a cotton weaver.  In 1901, John, age 10, lived with his four siblings and parents at 6 Sydney St, Burnley. His father John, was then a a rag dealer working on his 'own account'. John’s  12 year old brother George was already in the mill working as a cotton weaver. In 1911, John, age 2…


30 December 1915: Pte Stephen Sowden

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Stephen's parents were Thomas (coal hewer) and Mary (cotton winder), both orginaly from Cornwall. At the 1901 Stephen was the youngest of seven (two boys, five girls). By the 1911 Census there was one more boy in the family - a grandson. All the children ages 23 to 25 went on to work in a cotton mill. Ten of them lived in a '2 up 2 down'.  At …


Tolkien’s War: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lancashire Fusiliers by Professor John Bourne

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Tolkien is, to the consternation of many in the literary establishment, possibly the most widely read of twentieth-century British authors, whose sales show no sign of slacking.  Tolkien volunteered for military service in June 1915 and was commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers.  He served on the Somme with the 11th Battalion (74 Brigade, 25th D…


The Gallipoli Oak by Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson

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Paperback: 174 pages Publisher: Moonraker Publishing; 1st edition (2013) ISBN-10: 0955447216 ISBN-13: 978-0955447211 A masterful and poetically told story that reads as easily as Michael Morpargo and is just as visual; here however the authors are relating fact rather than fiction. The Gallipoli Oak has everything for the person interested in t…


The Landings at Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli

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One of the most difficult military operations that can be undertaken is that of an opposed amphibious  landing on an enemy shore.  When asked to give an example of this kind of operation, many people will automatically think of the famous and successful 'D-Day' landings in Normandy in 1944. However, April 2021 marks the 106th anniversary of an earl…


Different Truths from the Same Battle

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As dawn broke on the morning of 6 May 1915, the men of the 1/6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers became the first British Territorial Army unit into action at Gallipoli. Although the number wounded was high, the fatalities from the first encounter were low. What is striking is the very different tone of the first-hand accounts recorded within…


'A Lancashire Fusilier's War by Tricia Rothwell'

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A Lancashire Fusilier's War by Tricia Rothwell This talk is based on the book 'A Lancashire Fusilier's First World War' by Norman Hall edited by his granddaughter.  His granddaughter is the speaker Tricia Rothwell.  The talk deals with his war service, his diary and the conversion of the diary into a book. The book has received excellent reviews …