Burnley in the Great War has been online since October 2006 and continues to expand on a daily basis. If you enjoy the site , please consider making a donation, however small, towards the ever increasing costs of it's upkeep. This can be done electronically by clicking on the donate button on the left, or by emailing : donations@burnleyinthegreatwar.info for bank details.

If you would like to sponsor a soldier on this site please click the link here for details


Western Front Association
East Lancashire Branch
Please click on the above logo
for details


Site Update:

Reunion of the East Lancashire Regiment



Sapper Michael James Cabrey

who lost his life on 7th June 1921

"Our Fallen Heroes"

(chronological list of Burnley & District losses
as they evolved 100 years ago )

(to date 3751
local men had lost their lives)

Men who served and survived

The majority of Burnley and District men survived the war, but their story is no less important.
They would have carried their memories with them for the rest of their lives, often without sharing them.
If you have a photograph or story about the men who came home, I would be pleased to honour and preserve their memory, please email :


Burnley in the Great War
is now on Facebook.
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Roll of Honour
men who lost their lives

Burnley Roll of Honour
men who served & survived

Burnley Prisoners of War

Burnley Memorials

Burnley Gallantry Awards

Burnley's Tribute to its Fallen 2018

Burnley Football Club in the Great War

Burnley Men in Prison Camp Mutiny

5th East Lancashire
Regimental Colours

Local Badges &
Fundraising Flags

Burnley Streets

Billy Shoesmiths journal - a visit to
Belgium in July 1920

Burnley Crested China

Burnley Old Contemptible's Association

Billy Glasgow

Burnley's Four (and one phony) VC's

Burnley's (very tenuous) Naval VC

Burnley's First Casualty

Burnley's Last Casualty?

Burnley's Youngest soldier ?

Burnley's German soldier ?

Burnley's Pre-War
Amateur Football Teams

Burnley Swimming Club Polo Team 1919

Burnley Lads Club

Burnley Men Buried in Lemnos - Greece

Burnley Chaplain Buried the Red Baron !

Burnley Men in the
raid on Zeebrugge 1918

Burnley medal and cap badge - coincidence ?

Goodnight Jack - Jack Horsfall 1923-2008

H.M.T Burnley

Eric Midgely, Burnley's "Mr. Poppy"

"Forgotten" Burnley Man to be commemorated

The "other" Burnley

Burnley's own Bairnsfather-James Bailey

Together Forever

Burnley Commemorative Silks

Burnley Pictures & Postcards

Photographs of Burnley Great War Soldiers

Burnley Men killed at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge 31st July 1917

Burnley Pals Plaque

Burnley Salvation Army Band 1913-1914

Burnley Men in the Battle of Boesinghe July 6th-10th 1915
(research by Andrew Mackay)

93 Years on Burnley Soldier found in Belgium

Richard Lancaster Funeral 4th July 2007

Did the Lucky Monkey of Mons help the Clarets ?

Reminiscences of James Henry Pellow 700872 Royal Field Artillery

Original battledress of George Haffener donated to museum

Young Kitchener

Hieland Lassie

Edgar & Annie Wharf

Unknown fund raiser

Another Unknown

Nelsons Little Lieutenant

Will Marshall- The Last Accrington Pal

Unidentified Photographs

Burnley Mashers - Information Wanted

Abel Street School
Roll of Honour Information Wanted

Burnley Great War Poets

Burnley "Oddfellows"

V.C. recipient mistakenly said to be a Burnley man

Burnley Men in the
Boer War

Burnley in WW2

Remembering the Royal Edward
12-13 Aug 2015
(A First World War commemorative event in Burnley)





During the Great War the town of Burnley and the towns/districts which made up Greater Burnley :

(Altham, Barley, Barrowford, Briercliffe, Brierfield, Cliviger, Colne, Crawshawbooth, Fence, Hapton, Higham, Huncoat , Nelson, Newchurch in
Pendle, Padiham, Read, Sabden, Simonstone, Wheatley Lane, Worsthorne),

suffered a disproportionate amount of casualties compared to many other towns and cities in Great Britain. The site aims to honour the men from Burnley and its districts, who served in this terrible conflict and also to show the effect of the war on the town and also to use the site as a gateway to the Burnley Roll of Honour database compiled by Andrew Gill, Alan Mackay and Denis Otter.



Burnley men taken prisoner in the Great War

Holme British Legion at Towneley Park - on Mons Sunday
August 23rd 1931 two MM and one DCM "Old Contemptible's"
lead the procession

Does anyone have any old photographs of Burnley streets or factories?







If you are looking for information on any Burnley soldier from the Great War please get in touch and I will post whatever information I have on the site.
Also please let me know if you find the site interesting (or not !) and what interest you have with the town of Burnley.

Please contact me at : andrew@burnleyinthegreatwar.info

© Andrew Gill 2006