This book on Ashton-under-Lyne during World War I is part of a series on Towns and Cities in the Great War to commemorate the centenary of the War. It focuses on the economic and social conditions, problems, and hardships of those left at home in England played out against a background of military action on the Western Front, in Turkey, Egypt and Palestine. Ashton was both a garrison town and a mill town. There were three Battalions based locally and over 1500 local men lost their lives. In the summer of 1917 five tons of TNT exploded at an Ashton munitions factory destroying mills and houses, setting gasometers on fire and hurling acid drums into the river. Fifty people died and five hundred were injured. The book chronicles the difficulties, hardships, restrictions and morale of the town year by year as the War dragged on; and the determined spirit of the folk of Ashton that the Kaiser would not beat them.
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE IN THE GREAT WAR
The town of Ashton-under-Lyne sent three volunteer Battalions to fight in the Great War, and 1500 local men lost their lives. The war hit home too when five tons of TNT exploded at a munitions plant, taking fifty more lives.
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