Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England




The first Lytham volunteers, outside Lytham Council Offices, 1914.
The first Lytham volunteers, outside Lytham Council Offices, 1914.

Hundreds of local men volunteered, 500 from St.Annes alone during the Kitchener Recruitment Drive

St.Annes volunteers, near the Pier, St.Annes, 1914.
St.Annes volunteers, near the Pier, St.Annes, 1914.

 The Roll of Honour was a list of men who volunteered and were serving in the Armed Forces and it would appear in the local newspaper or on a board at a place of work.

St. Annes Express


The St. Annes Roll of Honour, of men who are serving the colours and who have volunteered for service, contains 217 names, and the war has already taken its toll of their number.

Two are reported to have been killed in action—Private Isaac Street, of Clifton Street [now Curzon Road, St.Annes], at La Cateau, on August 26 and Private William Ball, of Clifton Street [now Curzon Road, St.Annes], in Northern France between December 4th and 12th.

Private J. Unsworth, St. David's' Road North, was wounded at the Battle of the Aisne; Private George Pollard, of Hope Street, is also reported wounded. Stoker Martin Stenton, of the 1st Naval Brigade, is interned at Gronengen, Holland; and Private Richard Crook, of Albert Road, is a prisoner of war at Gustro, Germany.


A newspaper article from 1914 suggesting that soldiers should be billeted in St.Annes. 

Troops in Training.

A meeting of members of Parliament representing seaside and other health resorts, was held at the House of Commons on Tuesday to consider the suggestion that, in view of the partial failure of the season, preference should be given to resorts in arrangements for the billeting of troops in training. The Secretary of the Federation of Health Resorts was also present, and it was decided to make representation on the subject to the War Office.

Soldiers billeted at a house in Lytham c1915

St. Annes Council, we believe, are not members of the Federation of Health Resorts, and unless independent action is maintained our claims are likely to he over-shadowed by the larger resorts. The Chairman and Clerk of the Council have visited the military authorities in response to a request made by the Traders' Association, but, up to the present, the promise that the claims of St. Annes-on-the-Sea would receive full consideration, has not materialized.

Perhaps the Council may consider, at their committee meetings, next Monday, that a courteous, reminder of the promise would be of benefit. At all events, it would keep the claims of St. Annes prominently before the authorities. A few thousand troops, billeted judiciously amongst company-house keepers who desire them would prove a boon and a blessing during a winter that is certain to go hard with a large proportion of our population.

The outlook for many of our apartment caterers and retail traders is none too rosy, and the circulation of several thousands of pounds a week would be preferable to a local distress fund. Five thousand troops would mean a disbursement of over £5,000 weekly based on the official scale of 3s. a day. Is it not worth a supreme effort before the winter arrangements of the War Office have been completed? St. Annes is eminently suited for the purpose of drill and manoeuvres. There are excellent roads in every direction, plenty of open spaces, and sandhills for Scouting.

St. Annes is an old militia. and volunteer training ground and with its sandy subsoil and almost complete immunity from snow, few localities offer equal advantages. Now's the day and now's the hour for our Councillors to help in a real sense, a very large proportion of their constituents and to keep the wolf from the door of many of our householders and shopkeepers. With more money in circulation the Council will find their task of carrying out improvements much easier.

The Clifton family of Lytham Hall.

Blackpool Times, December 1914



These photographs show the exterior and interior of the kitchen car which Mr. and Mrs. Clifton has obtained for relieving wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Donations were contributed in Lytham and St.Annes.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifton were engaged in similar work in Belgium, and came back in order to obtain a kitchen car. In her appeal Mrs Clifton wrote:

 "I have been working in a kitchen at a station in Belgium, and have been strongly impressed with the necessity of giving food to the sick and wounded. It almost comforts one, when face to face with their agony, to see the pleasure that a warm unexpected cup of soup gives the men." 
"Those whom I was privileged in helping arrived in open trains, many of them ill and a great number suffering from frost-bite. When we have picked up our soldiers, and seen to their wounds as well as may be, we want to give them soup or cocoa. before having them conveyed to the trains. We want at least to know that they have started their via dolorosa with something to sustain them, so we have come back to get a kitchen car." 

Messrs. Barker, coachbuilders in South Audley Street, very generously gave a. "kitchen" body, leaving the cost of the chassis and engine to be. met. The chassis is worth £600, hut cost only £350. The original chassis was not up to the weight of the body, and a gentleman generously sold Messrs. Barker this far finer one for the price originally stipulated, in view of its special object.