Along with every other village and town in the U.K Helmshore suffered its share of losses in both World Wars.
World War 2 Home Guard.
Haslingden Home Guard 1940,made up of ex servicemen and younger men awaiting call-up. One of their guard roles each night was to send four men to the top of Musbury Tor ; to man an observation post. They were allocated 6 rounds of ammunition between them.
Other duties included patrolling the reservoirs to prevent potential sabotage,a lonely area. This inevitably led to attempts to scare younger members whilst on guard,but this came to an end when one of the youngsters fired his rifle at a supposed threat. Luckily his shot missed the target ,but the subsequent fuss made sure that the hi-jinks came to an abrupt end.
The Haslingden Observer was a broadsheet newspaper that was published by the Accrington Observer and Times company in Edgar Street Accrington(the new bus station site.)
The antiquated printing presses took up to six hours to produce the relatively small print order.This was due to the constant breaking of the web as the paper ran through the Crabtree presses.
The man shown seated. was on the ‘fly’.This was the term for the delivery belt and the hand stacking of the papers as they came off the press,they were then tied into bundles and transported the few miles up the road to the newsagents.