Sisters Hilda (left) and Joyce were photographed with their pet donkey Jinny at Hanbrig Castle, the entrance to Towneley Park, in September 1914.
They were collecting money for a local distress fund. It was estimated that 18,000 were unemployed in the town. There were many “harrowing stories of want” made worse because so many men had rushed to join the forces.
The Crain family lived at Causeway End Farm, Towneley. William, the only son of the farming family, was killed in action in 1917.