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Audlem in 1914

5th October 2014 @ 6:06am – by Celia Bloor
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This is a summary of happenings in and around Audlem as war broke out in 1914.

Better pay was promised to the soldiers to encourage enlisting. Conscription had not yet been introduced. Wounded Belgian soldiers were treated at Shavington and German POWs passed through Crewe.

A meeting was held in Audlem Public Hall about supporting some Belgian refugees. It was thought two houses might be made available.

Lord Hugh Grosvenor disembarked in France on the 8th. On Oct 10th Ostende fell and Belgium lost its last exit point to the Channel.

A meteor shower triggered a panic. A Belgian family from Namur arrived in Audlem. They were welcomed by a solicitor's wife who spoke French and taken to Cox Bank.

The first battle of Ypres started on the 19th and many were killed. Henry Noel Atkinson (son of former Audlem vicar) was posted as missing on the 22nd followed by Lord Hugh Grosvenor on the 25th and his cousin Viscount Crichton was killed in action on the 31st.

Mobs looted a German butchers in Crewe. One couple were so hassled by Northwich residents they eventually committed suicide.

A whist drive followed by a dance was held in Audlem to raise funds for the Red Cross.

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