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In the First World War discipline for service personnel was very tough.
Men accused of cowardice or desertion were executed by firing squad.
Most were later pardoned by the Ministry of Defence in 2006.
Private Thomas Downing, a young man from Widnes, was shot at dawn because he fell asleep at his post.
Paul Crone has the story.
In the First World War discipline for service personnel was very tough.. Men accused of cowardice or desertion were executed by firing squad. Most were later pardoned by the Ministry of Defence in 2006. Private Thomas Downing, a young man from Widnes, was shot at dawn because he fell asleep at his post. According to military historian Colonel John Hughes Wilson, this most extreme form of punishment was commonplace in the forces.
We have been asking for photographs of your family members who were involved in the war. Here, Lucy and Tony take a look at another selection of the many pictures that have been pouring in.
Arthur Hewitt from Runcorn sent this picture of his father William. William was from Cotebrook near Tarporley. Arthur would love to find out which regiment his father served in.
As part of our series marking 100 years since the start of the First World War we take a look at the Sedbergh school in Cumbria.
More than 1,200 former pupils and staff fought for their country, with many becoming officers.
Our reporter Paul Crone have been finding out more about these heroes.
Rochdale residents are being called to action to line the streets as part of a historic WW1 march re-enactment. People are being asked to line the streets on the 10 August to welcome a commemorative march from Todmorden to Rochdale.
Back on August 1914, 1,000 soldiers from the 6th Battalion of Lancashire Fusiliers marched from Todmorden to Rochdale before being sent to Egypt and on to the killing fields of Turkey. Few came home alive or unscathed from the ‘Gallipoli campaign,’ one of the most bloody campaigns of World War One.
They will follow the 12 mile route originally taken, wearing full First World War regalia. Councillor Alan McCarthy, Lead Member for the Armed Forces at Rochdale Borough Council, said:
“With 2014 marking the centenary of World War One, the link between the military and our community is stronger than ever.
I hope people will come out and support this historic event as we show our appreciation to all those local soldiers and their families who paid the supreme sacrifice.”
Drivers in the area are being warned that the march will be on the road so are being reminded to take extra care and be considerate at all times.
For more details visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/armedforces
Founded in 1525, Sedbergh School, surrounded by the Cumbrian fells, is steeped in tradition and history. During the first world war over 1200 former pupils and staff fought for their country. Many became officers, but with responsibility came huge losses, as senior ranks in the trenches always led from the front.
On tonight's programme we will be finding out more about those heroes. Neil McKerrow is the president of the Old Sedberghian Club:
For more information about events taking place at the Imperial War Museum North to commemorate the First World War, head to iwm.org.uk.
All this week, we have a series of special reports to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Tonight it is time to find out what life was like back at home from 1914-1918.
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