Old helmshore-2

Inspection of WW1 volunteers Clarence Hotel field

Along with every other village and town in the U.K Helmshore suffered its share of losses in both World Wars.

Private Richard Entwistle of the King’s Own(Royal Lancaster Regiment)Here pictured with his mother Mrs. Betsy Entwistle,of Tor View Helmshore. Photographs from the book Helmshore and Haslingden World War 1 Roll of Honour. Kindly supplied by Gwen Greenwood(nee Entwistle.)
Private Entwistle’s last letter home dictated to a fellow soldier ,he asks for a postal order to be sent to buy a few sweets. Richard died shortly afterwards on the 10/3/1916.He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetry.
Telegram informing Richard’s parents of his burial.
Private Entwistle’s burial site.
Commemoration stone in St.Thomas’s graveyard.
WW1 photo identified only as ‘Miss Yates’.
My Grandfather Robert Holleran who served with the Cheshire Regiment during World War 1. He was wounded(Bayoneted) and taken prisoner at Merricourt and was imprisoned at Zerbst, Saxony. He survived the war and is seen post-war with two of his daughters Alice and Doris.
Unamed WW1 soldier.
Wedding Day 1916
Mother and baby 1918
Grandmother and Grandson 1919
Some of our local youngsters being presented with Cricket medals at Old Trafford 1935.

World War 2 Home Guard.

The Home Guard on parade.

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.

Weir Foot also known as Wedge Row

Weekly News.

Staff at the ‘Observer offices printing copies of the Haslingden Observer in 1970.

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.