Edwin Mosscrop (1889-1980)

As the war progressed, so did Government intervention in people’s lives. None more controversial was when conscription (forced military service) was introduced. For various reasons, many refused to join the forces. The beliefs of conscientious objectors were open to public ridicule, abuse and punishment. ‘Eddie’ Mosscrop, one of the heroes of the Burnley FC 1914 cup winning team, attended a tribunal where his case as a conscientious objector was heard. As a result, he served in a non-combatant role in Read more>>

Holmes Brelsford (1894-1963)

Holmes was a cotton weaver before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was on board HMHS Brittanic, sister ship of the Titanic, when the ship was sunk in the Kea Channel near Greece in 2015. Thirty people were lost, with Holmes being one of the last to leave the ship. He later served in Salonika, returning to civilian life in March 1919. In the left hand image, Holmes is stood on the left. Holmes sent home a post card Read more>>

J Edward Tomlinson (1896-1975)

Ted was born in Stoney Street and educated at Burnley Grammar School. The family moved to Cliviger where they ran the Queen Hotel. Ted joined the Royal Army Medical Corps having volunteered with others from Cliviger. The photograph, showing Ted tending an injured German soldier, was taken at the front 30th July, 1916.

Arthur Altham and Albert Johnson

Arthur Altham (1898-1915) and Albert Johnson (1893-1915)  joined the 2/2nd East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps, otherwise known as Callum’s Own. Both were lost when the Royal Edward sank.