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 1916
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  • 6 January 1916
    The council decided to close the Museums, Libraries and Parks on Sundays from 19 January until three months after the end of the war.

    6 January 1916
    The 15th Battalion captured a German Field Gun at Loos on 25 September and displayed it in Bexley Square.

    15 January 1916
    Salford struggled to recruit suitable men into the Police Force due to many of the officers having joined the army.

    29 January 1916
    20th Battalion crossed to France.

    5 February 1916
    Manchester and Salford Councils meet to discuss better communication between the two councils so that they could act simultaneously in the event of a zeppelin raid.

    12 February 1916
    Landowners in the Pendleton area let their land for use as allotments and house building came to a standstill due to the war.

    2 March 1916
    By this date "all eligible, unattested, single men will be deemed to have enlisted in His Majesty's Forces for general service, or in the reserve, for the period of the war, and to have been transferred to the reserve".

    9 March 1916
    German's invaded the front line of the 16th Battalion killing many, including Lieutenant R. W. Sharratt and 12 other ranks. 51 were injured and 8 missing. The site was later reoccupied.

    18 March 1916
    Some of Salford's soldiers wrote letters from France to the Salford Reporter asking if "you could get for us a few mouth organs to amuse ourselves with and pass away the dreary nights in the trenches".

    25 March 1916
    Soldiers in the trenches sent letters to the Salford Reporter urging friends to sign up instead of being conscripted.

    19 April 1916
    Second Lieutenant D. Wood of the 19th Battalion saved several lives during a trainee session when a live bomb rolled back into a practice trench. Wood lost his hand throwing the bomb from the trench and was awarded the Albert Medal, Class 1.

  • May 1916
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  • 5 May 1916
    The 15th Battalion invaded a German front line in the Somme area. 20 Germans were killed along with 3 men from Salford. Captain E. C Maclaren was awarded a Military Cross; Sergeant J. Pollitt the Distinguished Conduct Medal; and Corporal Barbossa the Military Medal.

    6 May 1916
    Church of England Sunday Schools in Pendleton decided against holding a Whit Friday procession due to the cost and the "great amount of mourning in the district".

    6 May 1916
    Children across Salford went out to celebrate May Day and to dance around the Maypole.

    3 June 1916
    The 15th Battalion were singled out by Sir Douglas Haig, Commander in Chief of the British Forces in France, for their work in repelling attacks and raids.

    5 June 1916
    The 16th Battalion completed a successful raid. Sergeant A. Smith saved several men after heavy fire from the Germans and was awarded the Military Medal.

    1 July 1916
    The Second Military Service Act required unattested married men between the ages of 18 and 41 must report to the nearest recruiting station.

    1 July 1916
    The Battle of the Somme officially began. The 15th, 16th and 19th Battalions were involved in the Battle of Albert starting this day 1914. On this first day 21 officers and 449 other ranks became casualties.

    2 July 1916
    By 1.00am, the 19th Battalion had lost 11 out of 20 officers and 270 out of 577 men. They succeeded in manning the defences of Authuille throughout 2 July.

    2 July 1916
    Captain G. Hibbert was awarded the Military Cross for his work on the Attack on Thiepval.

    13 July 1916
    The Battle of Albert ended.

    29 July 1916
    The Chairman of the Pendleton Division of the British Red Cross wrote to a local newspaper asking for donations so that soldiers in hospital may receive 36 cigarettes per week.

    August 1916
    The 19th Battalion is converted into a pioneer Battalion and joined the 49th (West Riding) Division.

    11 August 1916
    A boy went missing from Hodge Lane after leaving the house in a soldier's cap and putties after saying that he was anxious "to see his daddy".

  • Sep 1916
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  • Dec 1916
  • 2 September 1916
    Irwell Street Mission's Wounded Soldier's Club was opened at 4pm.

    2 September 1916
    It was decided that a role of honour of Salford men who had lost their lives in the war would be fixed on the walls of the Town Hall corridor using money left from the Mayor's Christmas gift fund.

    14 October 1916
    A scheme for housing totally disabled servicemen was underway with £28,000 raised out of the £100,000 required.

    5 November 1916
    Bonfire Night celebrations were cancelled due to fireworks and bonfires serving as a signal or landmark in the area.

    9 November 1916
    Councillor James Higson was elected as Mayor.

    18 November 1916
    The Battle of the Somme officially ended.

    23 December 1916
    The Salford Reporter listed an appeal for finished books and magazines to be donated to Soldier's.

    30 December 1916
    Another appeal is made for funds to send a parcel to the Salford Battalions for New Years.