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




13th Loyal North Lancashire, Lytham Hall Park, 1915
13th Loyal North Lancashire at 'Clifton Park' (probably Lytham Hall Park), 1915.

 151st & 148th RFA Brigades at Lytham.

RFA Brigades on parade, Lytham Green, April, 1915.
RFA Brigades on parade, Lytham Green, April, 1915.

151st & 148th RFA, Lytham, 1915
Lord Derby inspecting the 151st & 148th RFA Brigades on Lytham Green, 16 April 1915.


At the Old Bailey, on Wednesday, Phyllis Ayris (26), was sentenced to six months' hard labour for bigamy. Prosecuting counsel said that prisoner was married in December, 1910, at Manchester, her husband being a London Territorial, who last year went to the front, was wounded, and was discharged as unfit. He allowed her 28s. a week. Prisoner "married" a young Canadian soldier in London while her husband was away, and he assigned her 25s. a week. The Recorder, Sir Forrest Fulton, said that prisoner had found herself in clover through the war.

Some people were making a very good thing out of the war, and she was one of them. In addition to bigamy, she had falsified the register by giving a false name and describing "herself as a spinster. Substantial punishment must be meted out in cases of bigamy, which were part of a regular scheme to defraud the unfortunate taxpayers.


John Shea, a private-in the 3/5th King's Liverpool Regt., billeted at Blackpool, was charged at Blackpool Court, with attempting to commit suicide. The Chief Constable said that on Wednesday morning Shea went into his billet, in Kirkby Road, and later he was found in his bedroom with a belt wrapped tightly round his neck.

It was unbuckled, and P.S. Hill called in. The man had been in the Army about six weeks, and prior to enlisting he had been on board a ship that had been, torpedoed, and had his nerves upset. His officers were present in Court, and were prepared to take charge of him, and place him under their own medical officer. Shea was discharged.

 May 1915



At Lytham Police Court, on Tuesday, Cornelies William Nieuwerf, a Dutchman, and who said he had lived in England for 36 years, was charged as an alien residing in a prohibited area, St. Annes, and with failing to register, as required by the Registration of Aliens (Restriction) Order, 1914.

Defendant pleaded ignorance of the law’s requirements, and said he registered at Birkenhead in November last, and was there told he could go where he liked as a friendly alien. Defendant was fined 20s.

Mr.S.L.Stott, the chairman, said the Bench hoped the case would be a warning to others because if further cases came up they would deal much more severely with them.


Corpl. Harold Law, 2nd Shropshire Light Infantry, of 7, Glen Eldon Road, St.Annes who was killed in action on May 9th 1915.

Corpl. Harold Law, 2nd Shropshire Light Infantry, of 7, Glen Eldon Road, St.Annes who was killed in action on May 9th. He served through the South African War, and was wounded last March. On recovery he was sent back to the trenches.

 June 1915

R.F.A. St.annes June 1915
Soldiers of the Royal Field Artillery in fields off Headroomgate Road, June, 1915 (Houses in the background are on Highbury Road). 

June 1915



The No. 1 Platoon of the St. Annes Corps of the N.M.V. have been hard at practical work this week, and since last Saturday have been assisting the recruiting efforts made in the Fylde district. On Monday last the St. Annes Corps turned out and assembled in the Square, some 20 cars being the average for three successive days.

On Tuesday the N.M.V. cars conveyed Lord Derby's band to the outlying districts, some proceeding to Kirkham, Woodplumpton, Broughton, Brock, Treales to Lytham, and others taking the bandsmen to Longridge, Freckleton, Poulton, etc. On Wednesday similar districts were worked. The members were cordially thanked by the recruiting officers for the service. To those ladies and gentlemen who lent their cars to the N.M.V. Corps, the secretary tenders best thanks.


Pioneers Lytham 1916

The last of the RFA Brigades left the area in August 1915. Lytham was used to billet and train soldiers from the Pioneer Battalions. They are seen here training on Lytham Green.

 December 1915

Pte. Graham Reece.

A fortnight ago word came to Lytham casually that this soldier had been killed, but as he had warned his wife not to listen to rumours, she hoped on until Wednesday morning, when the official intimation came that he had died from exposure at the Dardanelles He had been very ill, was afterwards better, and then worse again.

He was well-known as the left-handed bacon cutter at Seymour Mead's, before the introduction of machinery, and was always very courteous to customers.

He married tthe maid at Mr. J. W. Hall's, Church Road, where she is still in service, and joined Kitchener's Army at the first recruiting meeting in the Pier Pavilion last year, being subsequently drafted to the King's Own Lancaster Regiment, and sent out to Gallipoli. He was 29 years of age.

Mr Sam Wilson's Seven Sons

Sam Wilson whose whole family of seven sons were on active service in 1915.

Sam Wilson whose whole family of seven sons were on active service in 1915.

Mr. Sam Wilson, who was one of the best known men in St. Annes, prior to his removal to Blackpool a few years ago, has a family of which he has just reason to be proud. His whole family of seven sons are on active service, and the fact is doubly interesting to St. Annes because of the fact that they are all natives of St. Annes.

Mr. Wilson was, for quarter of a century, in business in an ironmonger's shop in St. Andrew's Road South, but was best known as a builder and contractor. He erected much residential property and the Carnegie Library at St. Annes, and he also built the Workhouse at Wesham. His workshop was behind West Crescent, St Annes and is now used by the Volunteer Training Corps as headquarters. 

Although only 55 years of age, Mr. Wilson had a long connection with the 2nd Manchester Volunteers, retiring with the rank of sergeant and the long service Medal. Six of Mr. Wilson’s sons are in the Army—all in the Royal Engineers—and one in the Navy. The second son, Sergt. W. Wilson, lives in Kilnhouse Lane, St. Annes.

Two sons—George and William—are in the Dardanelles campaign, and the other two—Harry and Tom—were in Canada when war broke out, but they enlisted in the first Canadian contingent and are now in France.

Sam, junr., is in France, and Norman is in training with the West Lancashire Territorial Engineers. The youngest, John, is on H.M.S. "Temeraire." All the seven took much interest in St. Anne’s football, and Tom and Sam played for St. Annes Corinthians. The photographs are placed in order according to age.

Blackpool Herald, December 1915

 Some of the soldiers from St Annes on Sea, killed in action 1914 & 1915.

Private William Ball

Private William Ball, 71 Clifton Street (now Curzon Road) 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Killed in Flanders between 4 & 12 November 1914

Sapper Arthur Jennings

Sapper Arthur Jennings, Beachville, South Promenade; 1st Field Company., Lancashire Royal Engineers; killed in Gallipoli August 7th 1915.

Private Isaac Street

Private Isaac Street, 2nd Manchester Regt Killed at La Cateau, August 26 1914.

Corporal Leonard A Wood

Corporal Leonard A Wood, 16, Lime Grove; 1st King's Liverpool Regiment; died from wounds received in Flanders February 15th 1915. Inset is his brother Private Fred W Wood of Blackpool, 1st King's Liverpool Regiment killed in Flanders, November 4th 1914.

Corporal Harold Law

Corporal Harold Law, 7, Glen Eldon Road; 2nd Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry; killed in Flanders, May 9th 1915.

Private William Bromley

Private William Bromley, 18 Hope Street; 6th Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment; killed in Gallipoli August 10th 1915.

Private William Eastham

Private William Eastham, 16th Australian Infantry; killed in Gallipoli May 2nd 1915.

Lance Corporal J Barrow

Lance Corporal J Barrow, 129 Church Road; 11th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; killed in advance near Loos, September 25th 1915.

Private John Fletcher

Private John Fletcher, 2 Grove Street; 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers; killed in Flanders August 16th 1915

Private William Griffin

Private William Griffin, 109 St.Alban's Road; 4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; missing since June15th 1915, in Flanders.

Private J Gillett

Private J Gillett, 33  St.Andrew's Road North; 1st Battalion Border Regiment; killed in Gallipoli Campaign, June 1915.

Second-Lieutenant Harold J Porter

Second-Lieutenant Harold J Porter, 2  Clifton Drive South; 5th Manchester Regiment; killed in Gallipoli Campaign, September 15th 1915.
Blackpool Times December 1915 



The following letters have been forwarded to Col. Dixon, commanding the 150th Brigade R.F.A. (Blackburn Brigade), which was formerly stationed at St. Annes.

“The chairman and members of the Blackburn Recruiting Committee desire, on the eve of your departure for active ser ice to wish your officers, N.C.O.'s, and men in the Blackburn Brigade God speed.— E. Hamer, Town Hall, Blackburn."

"I desire, on behalf of the citizens of Blackburn, to convey to your officers, N.C.O.'s and men in the Blackburn Brigade R.F.A., our good wishes and God speed on your departure for active service.—Alfred Nuttall, Mayor."

Blackpool Herald, December 1915



Children's toys are as plentiful this season as ever. Whilst those from Germany and Austria have disappeared, the toy industry in England has been trebled to meet the demand, and French and Japan have sent us large numbers of dolls and mechanical toys. A new doll, with real hair and a pleasant expression has been made by the British Red Cross. It is called an "Unconscious Exerciser," its arms being made of spiral springs, which expand and contract as the child uses them.

From Lord Roberts' Memorial workshops have come battle toys and war games; and old-established firms, amongst other novelties, are filling snow men and snowballs with toys and making "lucky pies" from which toys can be abstracted by means of coloured tapes. The Japanese dolls are miniatures in dress and figure of the men and women of our Far Eastern ally. English industries have put on the market a series of nursery rhyme dolls, including Old Mother Hubbard and her dog, little Jack Horner and his pie, and little Miss Muffet and her spider.

There are Teddy bears dressed as British officers, Belgian soldiers and French infantrymen, and all the notable men of the war have been reproduced as striking little figures standing 18in. high. Most of the large wooden toys, including motor-cars with bicycle pedals, have been made in England. From English firms also have come those large dolls' houses which are so conspicuous a feature of the great toy fair at Harrod's.

 Standing eight or nine feet high, children ran open their doors and enter, go upstairs and find a room for their reception on the first floor. All the Kindergarten toys puzzles, and bricks and cubes that used to come from Germany are now made in England. Some of the British-made boxes of wooden blocks contain masts and sails and all the necessary accessories for building yachts. Others have turrets, guns and flags, with instructions for building warships and fitting with special keel which enables them to float upright in water.

One of the new British-made toys is certain to have a wide popularity with boys. It is the howitzer that fires a bursting shell. By means of a spring the shell "explodes" harmlessly immediately it strikes the object. There are also boxes of realistic models of guns, armoured trains and aeroplanes, torpedoes, soldiers in trenches, and so on, showing how our battles are fought.

All these models fit into one another or stand firmly by themselves, so that on a dining-room table a child may make with them a fine battle array. Ireland, for the first time this year, has entered the domain of toys, and has sent across the Channel boxes of standardised and interchangeable blocks for building wooden houses, churches, castles, forts and bridges. There is, in fact, no end to the list of toys for Christmas. The only perceptible change at the big fairs is the absence of some of the cheaper sixpenny and shilling toys that used to be made in Germany. The English toy costs a little more, and is infinitely stronger and better.