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The Great War 1914 – 1918

‘We Who Served…’ by Catherine Snape
This new book about Addingham and Addinghammers in the First World war is now available – see details on our Books Page

This section was originally compiled by Michael John Tagg and has been up-dated and expanded with additional information from various sources, including James Cooper and, particularly, from Edgar Clarkson, whose researches were also shown in an exhibition that he mounted at Mount Hermon Chapel. He, and we, have also referred to ‘Craven’s Part in the Great War’ (www.cpgw.org.uk), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (/www.cwgc.org/) and the Ilkley Gazette (www.ilkleygazette.co.uk).

To hear real life experiences told by soldiers who lived through the Great War go to www.1914.org/category/podcasts/

With the Centenary of the of the War there is increased interest in the subject and any further information, or corrections, are requested – please use the Contact form. 

The First World War (or The Great War) was devastating to the towns and villages of Britain. Prior to 1914 the British Army was comparatively small by European standards. Britain at that time had a smaller population than Germany or France, but  was the foremost industrial and trading country. To address our trade and imperial commitments Britain had the worlds largest navy – for every 3 Dreadnought battleships in the world, 2 were British. European politics had developed into a balance of power between Germany and The Austrian Empire, against France and Russia, Britain had made commitments through treaties with Belgium to protect her neutrality. Unfortunately circumstances between Serbia and Austria and an expansive militaristic government in Germany made the conflict inevitable. Germany declared war on France 3rd August 1914 and invaded Belgium on 4th of August 1914. Britain was committed to honour her treaties and declared war on Germany on August the 4th 1914, The following four years of war was the worst carnage and loss of life due to conflict the world had ever witnessed.

The War was also called “THE WAR TO END ALL Wars”………..

Detailed Information Pages

The pages below give the story as told by individual soldiers as well as a list and details of those who didn’t return and who are honoured on the village war memorial. For detailed information on the progress of the war go to the Links page, but details are given of battles at which Addinghammers lost their lives, as well aa a general perspective of the war. For much more information see We Who Served‘.

Families at War A Perspective of The War
Volunteers & Recruits Battle of Coronel
Letters from The Front Battle of Mons
The Diary of Cpl. Atkinson The Somme
Medals for Bravery Battle of Ypres
Roll of Honour Pt 1 Great War Links
Roll of Honour Pt 2