World War I History

The First World War was known as ‘The Great War’ until the start of the Second World War. More than nine million combatants were killed. Over 700,000 died from the United Kingdom, with more than one and a half million wounded.

The following pages give the key events for each year of the war, with information relating to our local community. These will be added to over the coming years as the centenary is commemorated.

The recruiting office at 17 Bolton Street, Chorley, and shows l. to r. Lance-Corporal Harris, “Corporal” Buchanan, Corporal Goulding.

The poster ‘Remember Scarborough’ refers to the shelling of that town by the German Navy in December 1914.

Reproduced by permission of Lancashire County Council.