The GREAT War 1914 -
Adlington, Anderton and Heath Charnock remember.
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 29 August 1914
ADLINGTON FIRM’S OFFER
Many firms have shown their patriotism in a practical manner, and have issued special notices to their male employees requesting the positions, monetary and otherwise, of their dependants, should the “breadwinners” enlist; and another firm to be added to the list is that of Messrs T. Middleton and Co., of Adlington. This company has decided to offer to their employees, between the ages of 19 and 30, who respond at once to Lord Kitchener’s appeal, the same inducements as have been agreed upon by the Manchester Home Trade Association, which are 1st, a minimum of four weeks’ full wages for all from date of leaving; 2nd re-
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 5 September 1914
RECRUITING AT CHORLEY
Recruiting at Chorley opened in a brisk manner on Monday morning. Men turned up in large numbers, and they were of fine physique, intelligent and sober. The numbers enlisted each day are: Monday 70; Tuesday 50; Wednesday 50; Thursday 50; Friday 30; a total of 250. The following gentlemen assisted in the recruiting: Sir Henry F, Hibbert MP, Alderman Stone, Mr C.E. Middleton, Mr W. Mayhew and Mr Unsworth. The rapidity with which the business has been expedited is due to the foresight and care of the recruiting officer, Mr W. Beale, ably assisted by Sergt. Jaques of the L.N.L. Regiment. The total number of recruits since the office opened is 480. The rejected amount to about eight per cent. On Monday large crowds gathered in the vicinity of the recruiting station, and a constant stream of men presented themselves for enrolment in the army. A contingent of 30 or 40 men from Heath Charnock and Adlington marched four abreast to the recruiting station, headed by a bugler, and offered themselves as recruits.
Chorley Weekly News 5 September 1914
SPLENDID RESPONSE AT CHORLEY
Large crowds gathered on Monday morning in the vicinity of the recruiting station at Chorley, and a constant stream of men presented themselves for enrolment in the army. A contingent of 30 or 40 men from Heath Charnock and Adlington marched four abreast to the recruiting station, headed by a bugler, and offered themselves as recruits. The day was certainly much the busiest that the staff at the recruiting depot have experienced.
Mr W. Beale, in charge of the army recruiting depot at Chorley, had, with Sergeant Jacques of the North Lancashire Regiment, an exceptionally busy time. Recruiting started briskly at 8.0 a.m., and during the day men arrived from Adlington, Heath Charnock, Wheelton, Standish, Horwich and other townships in the immediate vicinity. Mr C. E. Middleton, J.P., Heath Charnock, was early on the scene and rendered valuable assistance.
The men who turned up were smart and intelligent. Surgeon Captain Rigby passed the recruits after inspection, and there were throughout the day only four men rejected. In all 70 men were attested, and about 5.0 p.m. they were mustered in squads, sworn in by Mr Middleton, and paid. Warrants were issued, and they proceeded by rail to the headquarters at Preston. Previously about 130 men had been recruited at this depot.
On Tuesday there was another rush of recruits and another batch of 50 was attested and despatched to headquarters.
Of these men, eight would not return. They were John William Baines, Edward Berry and his cousin Nathan Birchall, Thomas Birchall, James Edwards, Herbert Hitchen, Asa Leadbetter and Francis Smith.
On the same day, friends from Adlington Parish Church and Church Lads’ Brigade, went to enlist at Horwich into the 10th and 12th Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Among them were John Ellis Harvey, Harold Banks and Robert Robinson who did not return, and fifteen-
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 21 November 1914
CHEERFUL SPIRIT OF RECRUITS
To the Editor of the Chorley Guardian
If this cheerful spirit is general among the members of our newly-
Yours etc. R.A. SWANZY
[Curate of Adlington Parish Church]
November 19th 1914]
There was an occasional sour note
Chorley & District Weekly News 29 August 1914
HOW WOMEN CAN HELP RECRUITING
To the Editor of the “Weekly News”
August 26th 1914
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 12 September 1914
CHORLEY RECRUITS AT FULWOOD
To the Editor of the Chorley Guardian
EIGHT OF KITCHENER’S ARMY
(The foregoing letter has been received from eight Chorley recruits whose names and addresses we have. It is well-
On 7 August 1914 Kitchener made his first appeal for volunteers between the ages of 19 and 30 for ‘General Service’ for a period of 3 years, or until the war was concluded. Later appeals extended the upper age limit, called for married men, and relaxed the minimum height regulation. Nearly 300,000 volunteered in August and about 463,000 in September.
Volunteers were put through a medical, sworn in, given the King’s shilling and sent home to await calling up orders. Then followed training in camp and the issue of uniforms and boots.
In January 1916 the First Military Service Act conscripted all single men and childless widowers aged 18-
An example of a recruiting poster, later in the war.
Each Recruit signed an ‘Attestation Paper. This is the one for John William Baines, which he signed on the 31st August 1914. It gives his trade as ‘Dyer’, and birth place of Heath Charnock. He went to France on 25th September 1915, and was killed 89 days later on the 22nd of December.