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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Memories archive

War claimed eight lives every week in South Cumbria

0495077 WAR brought full employment to South Cumbria but there was also a grim, weekly toll of death from those who had chosen – or been conscripted – to fight overseas.

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Conflict brings a host of openings

S15404B THE lives of South Cumbria women were transformed by the impact of four years of war.

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Titled ladies who rushed to do their bit in making shells

S43271BB IN 1915 the great and the good of British society were queuing up to be women munitions workers at Vickers in Barrow.

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Explosions shock Barrow

S42669BB WHILE there would have been many injuries and accidents in the First World War shell shop at Barrow at least it didn’t deal with explosives.

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Stout hearts and good spirits overcame all the difficulties

S43682BB BRITAIN had a tiny professional army of just under 250,000 men at the start of the First World War and half of them were spread around the globe guarding the empire.

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Height of fashion for the trenches

S43331BB THIS unknown soldier is from a Barrow picture collection and is shown wearing the standard uniform and webbing equipment of the First World War.

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Making room for 1,000 new refugee faces

S43432BB AT the end of 1914 Millom had a population of well under 10,000 but still managed to squeeze in 1,000 Belgians who had became refugees from the German military advance.

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Record falls in shipyard

A WORKER at Vickers made headlines around the world when he briefly held a world record for the greatest number of rivets driven home in a nine-hour shift.

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Austrians out and Belgians in

S43423BB MANY of Ulverston’s Belgian refugees made their new home in Lund Hall which already had something of an international theme.

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All fined for strike action

JULY 21 in 1915 saw the first of many newspaper reports from the Munitions Board Court sitting in Barrow.

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Time to buy British items

IT was a good time to have “Made in Great Britain” stamped on your products.

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War brought medal and brother’s death

S43067BB TWO Barrow brothers went to war with Irish regiments – one came home to receive a gallantry medal, second only to the Victoria Cross, and the other’s reward was a grave in France.

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Star of the cricket field

S42502BB PRIVATE Thomas Stanley Roseveare was killed on July 10 in 1916 while serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

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The heroes on our doorsteps

S43162BB THERE are plenty of heroes on our doorstep in Furness despite British policy to bury soldiers close to where they were killed.

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Our international soccer stars

S43757BB ONE of the first casualties of the war in South Cumbria was organised sporting fixtures.

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Medal for the creator of hell’s kitchen during battle

S43075BB RUNNING a country hotel was clearly a wise career choice for former soldier Philip William Powell.

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Monument to bravery

THE monument which Cpt Powell proudly stands by in 1924, to the men of the 55th West Lancashire Division, is 27km north of Arras and about 5km west of La Bassee on the road to Lille.

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Two top gallantry awards for soldier

S42809BB BARROW publican William Roberts has the rare distinction of winning two gallantry medals and surviving the First World War.

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Not everyone was ready to rejoice in ‘victory’

HISTORIANS still argue about the rights and wrongs of many aspects of the First World War and those disputes date right back to the day official celebrations were held to mark Peace Day on July 19 in 1919.

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Children get mayor’s gift for helping the war effort

A0446927.jpg MOST soldiers had a long wait to get their medals for service in the First World War but Peace Day celebrations in July 1919 produced a reward for children in the Barrow borough.

Last updated 4 August 2014
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