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100 years since the Great War began

Chorley Terriers assembled for departure at Chorley's Drill Hall in August 1914

Chorley Terriers assembled for departure at Chorley's Drill Hall in August 1914

This week marks 100 years since war was declared in Britain.

In August 1914, when the Guardian was printed on a Saturday, a number of reports were published about how the war would affect local people.

Men went to sign up for the forces and mills were closed.

People from Chorley and Leyland were also abroad holidaying in Europe and reports were included about their whereabouts.

On August 8, the paper read: “On Tuesday, a telegram received at the office of the ‘Chorley Guardian’ stated that ‘The Government have given Germany until midnight to say whether they will respect the neutrality of Belgium in the same manner as promised by France’.

“This message, posted on the window of the ‘Guardian’ office, was read by large numbers of people.”

This week, we’ve compiled a special edition of the Guardian to mark the centenary.

There is a supplement about Chorley and Leyland’s involvement in the Great War and how the towns plan to commemorate the anniversary.

There is also an interview with local historian, Stuart Clewlow, and a look at how the Guardian reported the outbreak of war 100 years ago.

 

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