The GREAT War                         1914 - 1918


Adlington, Anderton and Heath Charnock remember.

January 19 - Zepplins bomb Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn, killing 5 civilians.


February 18 - German U-boats begin blockade of Britain.


February 19 - Allied naval bombardment of the Dardenelles and Gallipoli begins.


April 22 - Second Battle of Ypres begins. First use of poison gas by German troops.


April 25 - Allied landinds at Gallipoli. 70,000 British, Empire and French troops land.


May 7 - Lusitania torpedoed by a German U-boat. Loss of American lives alters the USA’s attitude to the war.


May 23 - Italy joins the allies, declaring war on Austria.


May 25 - British coalition government formed after rising casualty figures, and allegations of poor equipment issued to our troops.


May 31 - First Zeppelin raid on London, kills 7 and injures 35 civilians.


June 30 - German troops use flame throwers for the first time.


August 16 - Whitehaven bombarded by German U-boat.


September 25 - At the Battle of Loos, the British use poison gas for the first time, but this is blown over their own troops resulting in in 2,632 casualties, 7 of which are killed.


October 12 - Edith Cavell, a British nurse, is executed for helping prisoners escape.


October 31 - Steel helmets introduced to the British front lines.


December 20 - 83,000 troops evacuated from Gallipoli.