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 1915
  • Feb 1915
  • Mar 1915
  • Apr 1915
  • 9 January 1915
    Players in Salford Football Club were suspended after refusing to play against Broughton Rangers on Christmas Day after claiming the pitch was unfit for play.

    23 January 1915
    A report was released stating that there were no able-bodied, healthy men in Salford Workhouse.

    25 January 1915
    Official permission to create a 3rd Salford Battalion (19th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers) was given. The Battalion travelled to Salisbury Plain and joined the 96th Infantry Brigade.

    6 February 1915
    Mr Egan formed the British Isles Relief Association of Bay Ridge.

    11 February 1915
    The 16th Battalion moved to Morfa, near Conway, North Wales.

    13 February 1915
    Over 200 men applied to the 3rd Salford Battalion within a week.

    13 March 1915
    Foucault's experiment, in which a pendulum is released in order to demonstrate the movement of the earth on its axis, was set up at the Natural History Museum, Buile Hill Park.

    20 March 1915
    Members of the War Office visited schools in Salford in order to find buildings suitable for use as military hospitals.

    23 March 1915
    The 4th Salford Battalion (20th Service Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers) was raised. This Battalion was composed of Bantams and was grouped with the 17th and 18th Lancashire Fusiliers in the 104th Infantry Brigade, 35th Bantam Division.

    27 March 1915
    Wilhelm Wolff, who worked for a Salford based Company, was fined £50 for attempting to supply cotton linters to a company based in Germany.

    27 March 1915
    Princess Clementina Napoleon visited Salford wards were Belgian soldiers were being treated.

    3 April 1915
    A reception was held in front of the Town Hall for the 3rd Salford Battalion who later left for their new training quarters at Penmaenmawr.

    3 April 1915
    Laws restricting drinking hours were brought in to increase industrial productivity.

    17 April 1915
    A Lighting Order was brought in restricting the use of lights between an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise.

  • May 1915
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  • June 1915
    15th Battalion moved to Catterick Bridge, Yorkshire.

    June 1915
    20th Battalion moved to Conway.

    20 June 1915
    16th Battalion moved to Catterick, Yorkshire.

    28 July 1915
    16th Battalion moved to Ponteland, Northumberland.

    August 1915
    15th Battalion moved to Codford on the Western edge of Salisbury Plain and became part of the 96th Infantry Brigade in the 32nd Division.

    15 August 1914
    16th Battalion moved to Codford, Wiltshire where it joined the 96th infantry Brigade, 32nd Division.

  • Sep 1915
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  • Nov 1915
  • Dec 1915
  • 25 September 1915
    By this date over 70 women were employed as tramcar conductors. Salford was supposedly the first town in Lancashire to employ female tramguards and was the second town in England after Newcastle.

    October 1915
    Letters with news from the front line are printed in local Salford Newspapers detailing the harsh conditions and casualties.

    16 October 1915
    Most of the beds in Salford's military hospitals were full.

    20 October 1915
    16th Battalion drew it's service riffles.

    November 1915
    15th Battalion crossed to France.

    3 November 1915
    Alderman Julius Hulton was elected Mayor of Salford.

    21 November 1915
    19th Battalion crossed to France.

    22 November 1915
    16th Battalion crossed to France.

    11 December 1915
    Mayor Alderman Julius Hulton organised a fund to send chocolates and a Christmas cards to the 5,500 men in the Salford Brigade. The fund raised £330 and every Salford soldier in France and England received the gift in time for Christmas.

    19 December 1915
    Sergeant A Smith (16th Battalion) rescued four men after a mine explosion and earned a military medal for his bravery.

    30 December 1915
    A motor ambulance was presented to the Red Cross Society from the Salford Ladies' War Committee.

    31 December 1915
    The 19th Battalion was transferred to the 14th Infantry Brigade.