Accrington Pals. 11th (Service) Battalion East Lancashire by Andrew Jackson

By Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson's new background tells the tale of the nice struggle because it was once 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 details amassed from years of painstaking study in nationwide and native documents and in inner most collections, he reconstructs, in vibrant aspect, the position performed via those males at the Western entrance. His publication, which attracts broadly on diaries, memoirs and letters, follows either infantry and artillerymen into the British army’s bloodiest battles of the struggle, giving a picture close-up view in their stories. it's a relocating list of the wartime provider of a decide on workforce of neighborhood males in the course of a time of remarkable clash.

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Riley would ultimately take seventy members of the Lads’ Club with him into the battalion. After two further days of recruiting, a total of 784 men had joined the battalion. D Company was about three-quarters complete, with B Company a little further behind, but C Company was still little more than half-complete. On the evening of the following day, Tuesday 22 September, a public meeting was held at St Paul’s School, Brinscall to encourage recruitment into C Company. Chairing the meeting, Alderman William Henry Killick remarked on ‘the magnificent progress made elsewhere in regard to recruiting, and said it would not do [for Chorley] to be behind in any respect’.

By 1860, Britain relied on America to supply 80 per cent of the 620,000 tons of cotton that she needed to feed her textiles industry; a further 15 per cent was sourced from India, but the Lancashire spinners had been loath to use it owing to its inferior length and quality. The efforts of Manchester organizations in preceding years to encourage the cultivation of a better quality of cotton in India had largely come to nothing, and it was the continued dependence on America that would lead to the distress of the Lancashire cotton famine in 1862 – 3.

The club regularly held shooting competitions, and John even organized an annual competition against Accrington riflemen, the competitors’ scores being transmitted by post! Sarah gave birth to three more children during the couple’s time in India – Mary, born in 1881, John in 1883 and Jack in 1887 – but none seems to have survived beyond infancy. By 1890, their eldest child, 21-year-old Thomas Edward, had joined them and was employed at the Cawnpore Cotton Mills as an assistant manager; the mills had also found employment for John’s elder brother, Edward (mill master), and their nephew, Richard (spinning master).

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