Discover the key dates, significant events and Salford people's stories that played a part in World War One. Our special timeline charts the important dates throughout the period 1913 to 1919.

Click on a year and month to find out what happened when and how the war impacted on Salford and its people.

  • Jan 1914
  • Feb 1914
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  • Apr 1914
  • 10 January 1914
    The council met to consider establishing a contributory pension scheme for it's employees.

    11 January 1914
    A meeting at the Public Hall on King Street voted unanimously for the reopening of the Height Police Station on Bolton Road.

    7 February 1914
    The film 'Life in the Army and Territorial Forces' was shown in Salford to encourage men to join army.

    14 February 1914
    George William Agnew announced his retirement as MP for West Salford.

    28 February 1914
    Messrs Ralli Brothers erected a new building in Stanley Street, Salford.

    21 March 1914
    Manchester Council abandoned plans to amalgamate Prestwich with Salford or Manchester.

    28 March 1914
    Light Oaks Park, an 11 acre site, was donated to Salford Museum, Libraries and Parks Committee from Sir Arthur Percival Heywood.

    25 April 1914
    16,500 fans watched Salford beat Wigan in the semi-final of the Northern-League Championship.

  • May 1914
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  • 2 May 1914
    A program of free concerts was announced for the summer with a number of military, brass and silver bands playing.

    2 May 1914
    There were discussions about the widening and cleaning up of a slum area of Pendleton known as the 'Bottle Neck'.

    3 May 1914
    Demonstrations and processions were held in Salford on Labour Day as a celebration of the Labour and Socialist movement.

    9 May 1914
    Despite protests, Salford Council refused to reopen Height Police Station.

    14 May 1914
    A benefit performance for Salford Hospitals was held at Kings Theatre, Regent Road.

    16 May 1914
    Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater, Lord Mayor of London, visited Salford. He had grown up in Manchester and was educated at Broughton College.

    June 1914
    Woodbine Street School closed. It had been opened in 1868.

    6 June 1914
    Prince Joseph of Uganda attended High Mass at St John's Cathedral, Chapel Street.

    27 June 1914
    The Docks Police tug-of-war team beat Manchester City Police at the Northern Counties Championship.

    27 June 1914
    Richard Forest was awarded a certificate and £2 a week for a year for his bravery in trying to stop a runaway horse.

    28 June 1914
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

    11 July 1914
    A team began the erection of houses on Light Oaks Road.

    11 July 1914
    Nine pubs were refused renewal at a Compensation Authority for the County Borough of Salford meeting.

    18 July 1914
    New headquarters for the Salford Battalion of the National Reserve were opened at Leaf Square, Pendleton.

    29 July 1914
    Britain sent a warning to Germany declaring that it will not remain neutral.

    4 August 1914
    England declared war against Germany at midnight.

    6 August 1914
    The House of Commons voted for £100,000,000 to be set aside for the war and called for 500,000 additional men to join the army. Post Offices remained open so that reservists could organise their papers and join their regiments.

    15 August 1914
    A for sale sign is posted on the window of the old police station on the Height.

    15 August 1914
    A Salford committee was set up to help out with the National War Relief Fund.

    20 August 1914
    Approximately 9,000 troops left Salford and Manchester for training camps.

    29 August 1914
    There was a great rise in unemployment in Salford as many businesses closed.

  • Sep 1914
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  • September 1914
    The Salford Brigade Committee formed in order to raise units in Salford with recruiting stations at Regent Road and Pendleton Town Hall.

    September 1914
    The Salford Brigade committee raised funds for additional medical supplies, dental care, sports gear, and a camp cinematograph.

    5 September 1914
    A recruiting campaign for Lord Kitchener's Army was held at Salford Hippodrome.

    9 September 1914
    The 15th service Battalion (1st Salford) was formed.

    3 October 1914
    By this date Salford had raised £7.756.15s.5d for the National Relief Fund and £4216.13s.3d for the Local Relief Fund.

    8 October 1914
    Salford Relief Committee met to discuss work for the unemployed.

    10 October 1914
    1st Salford Battalion made their first public appearance on parade in Salford.

    10 October 1914
    A retreat was established for Belgian refugees at Vine Street, Kersall.

    31 October 1914
    Collections were made to raise money for Belgian refugees. More than 40 refugees were accommodated at Light Oaks and 25 in Cottages off Bank Lane.

    5 November 1914
    The 16th (Service) Battalion was raised with 3 companies from Salford and one from Eccles.

    7 November 1914
    It was decided that Moorlands in Vine Street, Kersall, was to be used as a military hospital.

    14 November 1914
    Alderman Alfred Worsley was invested as Mayor of Salford.

    27 November 1914
    Recruiting for the second Salford Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers was completed.

    28 November 1914
    The first Battalion received uniforms and began drilling at the parade ground adjoining Broughton Town Hall.

    5 December 1914
    Salford Council borrowed £27,414 to build a Tuberculosis Hospital in Marple.

    12 December 1914
    The 1st and 2nd Salford Battalions became known as the 15th and 16th Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

    12 December 1914
    A hospital for wounded soldiers opened at Fairhope, Eccles Old Road.

    12 December 1914
    Sergeant Major W Shaw from 188 Company Army Service Corps claims to be the youngest acting Sergeant Major in the British Army.

    12 December 1914
    Salford licensing justices refused to close pubs early during the war.

    28 December 1914
    The 15th Battalion was moved to Conway, North Wales.