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World War One and the Halliwell Brass Band

This blog post was written by Lois Dean, a volunteer at Bolton History Centre. The first mention of the Jubilee Band (later to become the Halliwell Band) is an article in the Bolton Chronicle dated 9th February 1828.  Some time before 1870 the band changed its name to Halliwell Band and practised at St Paul’s … Continue reading World War One and the Halliwell Brass Band

Gallipoli – A Wigan Man’s Eastern Journey

This blog post was written by Hilary Baker, and was originally published in Past Forward - Wigan's local history magazine. My grandfather, William (Bill) Bentley was a man from Wigan who joined the South Lancashire Regiment and who ended up fighting at Gallipoli. He was an older married man, aged 34, with a young family … Continue reading Gallipoli – A Wigan Man’s Eastern Journey