When Britain joined the First World War in September 1914, an extraordinary meeting of the club cancelled all fixtures and recommended that all members ‘join some military organisation’.
Fourteen club members lost their lives in the war, including the 1914 club captain J.E. Grimshaw, who was killed in the Gallipoli Campaign while serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers.
When World War Two began the club once again stopped all activities.
The government requisitioned the Waterloo Road ground and pavilion and there is no record of the club playing rugby during this period.
Twenty seven members lose their lives, including six first XV players.
See the club Roll of Honour