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By William Turner

Accrington friends is being re-released as a result of renowned call for after being out of inventory for someday. the 1st publication to be released within the now hugely acclaimed buddies sequence. The Accrington neighbors have been the main well-known of all of the battalions, dependent upon examine in neighborhood and nationwide data, and interviews with the battalion's handful of survivors, their many kinfolk and descendants, it includes a nice variety of hitherto-unpublished eye-witnessed bills and pictures. Accrington friends will entice all these attracted to the good warfare, including a person in and round the Accrington sector with an curiosity in relations historical past.

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On August 5th Lord Kitchener, as Commander in Chief of the Army, entered the Cabinet as Secretary for War. Kitchener’s national prestige alone guaranteed him a place. Ever since his service in the Sudan, Egypt and in South Africa, the British people felt an admiration for him which verged on hero worship. Thousands of young men copied his broad martial moustache in their desire to look manly and inspiring. ”3 Kitchener immediately disagreed with the Government, War Office and Cabinet view of a short war.

Ten days previously he visited the War Office to request permission to form his own Pals Company. “On Saturday morning (September 5th) Lord Kitchener agreed to my request. He told me, through his Secretary, that Chorley should be highly honoured as the only town in England to have official sanction to form a Company and not a Battalion! Arrangements were made for their attachment to the 5th Loyal North Lancs. Regiment at Bolton, but later this was withdrawn. I felt, to use a vulgar phrase, I was in the soup.

In Oak Hill Park in Accrington, on the day after the cotton mill closure announcement, the band of the Scots Guards played. Seats near the bandstand cost three pence. Those who could not afford this (by now there were many) sat on the nearby grassy slopes and put what they could into a collection box. Hundreds basked in brilliant sunshine listening to music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Massenet and Gilbert and Sullivan. The final waltz,’ the new ‘Destiny’, by William Baines, was a particular favourite.

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