Lancashire suffered Zeppelin attacks during the First World War TWICE! It is incredible to think that almost 100 years ago HUGE airships flew over Lancashire and dropped bombs on its villages.
Holcombe Village - near Ramsbottom, still has the scars of this attack.
The "War To End All Wars" between 1914-18 did not leave as many physical scars on this county as WW2, but the emotional scars were huge. The disproportionate numbers of dead enlisted men in the tiny village of Hawkshaw, two zeppelin attacks across the county and letters home from The Front - the war touched communities here nearly 100 years ago in different ways.
Click on some of the links below to find out more information on these stories.
Our Great Uncle Thomas Causey was in the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War One. He received a beautiful letter from a friend on the front line (left) after being gassed. He probably trained in 1914 near Turton (the three black & white photos on this page) and we have now learned more about him from the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum in Bury.
Jonathan Ali, grew up in Hawkshaw, a small village near the border of Bolton and Bury. He became so interested in the village's First World War story, that he wrote a book about it.
Our Boys is a fascinating document detailing the lives of ordinary people both on the front line and at home in a desperate time. This village suffered greater losses than any other. One wonders how it must have affected the village as a whole over subsequent years.
Here is one village's story
Heaton Park was in use by the RAF throughout WW2 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS - but it was also used in WW1. According to C.S. Jackson, in his book "Down Hollow Lane - Memories of Higher Blackley" he mentions the park being used "for the billeting and training of thousands of soldiers". And that "In one part of the Park there was a small mock-up of a trench system like those on the Western Front (The Pitch and Putt golf course is now on the site.)"
As well as being used for training - they were a tourist attraction! - see advert, Right.
Currently on display in Ramsbottom's Heritage Gallery is a display about Ramsbottom during World War One.
Dazzle Ships are a little known part of World War One history. Painting ships not as camouflage but in a way that would confuse the enemy as to their direction and speed
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Preston Station World War One Free Buffet
During the First World War, a group of volunteer women worked around the clock to give refreshments to the troops passing through Preston Station to and from the war.
They served over three and a half million troops.
The story of a World War One hero from Bury.
Harold Taylor won the Military Medal before dying in the last few weeks of the war. Read his story on THIS PAGE.
His family allowed us access to his letters home, his personal items and other family memorabilia so that we could bring his story to the world.
His story has a heartbreaking modern twist for his family....
Could you help solve the mystery of how he achieved his Military Medal?
And could you help recover his stolen medals which were sold illegally?