The GREAT War                         1914 - 1918

Adlington, Anderton and Heath Charnock remember.

January 8 - Gallipoli campaign ends.

January 24 - Government passes the Military Service Act which introduced conscription. This to become law on May 25.

February 21 - The Battle of Verdun starts, which lasts 10 months and had over a million casualties.

March 9 - Germany declares war on Portugal.

May 31 and June 1 - Battle of Jutland. The Royal Navy loses 14 ships and 6,100 sailors.

June 5 - Lord Kitchener sails for Russia aboard HMS Hampshire, but the ship sinks after hitting a mine off Orkney.

June 8 - Compulsory enlistment introduced in Britain.

July 1 - The Battle of the Somme. 60,000 (out of a total of 75,000) are killed, injured or missing by the end of the day. This is the worst single day’s fighting in British military history.

August 28 - Italy declares war on Germany.

September 2 - The first Zeppelin is shot down over Britain.

September 15 - Tanks are used for the first time at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

December 7 - Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister, replacing Asquith.

December 18 - The battle of Verdun ends.