Leigh Prisoner of War Camp

This article is from the Wigan Archives and Local Studies website. They have a number of First World War resources available online; including a searchable database of soldiers, newspaper cuttings and photographs. Also included is the fascinating story of the Leigh Prisoner of War camp; part of the story can be read below. For more information …

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Family stories from Wigan

Written by Local Heritage Officer Hannah Turner. This article first appeared in Past Forward, the local history magazine produced by Wigan Museums & Archives. Many local residents have been encouraged by the centenary of The First World War to share stories of their ancestors.  The first is from Derek Timmins from Hindley Green. Derek has shared …

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WW1 & the North West Film Archive

  Based at Central Library, North West Film Archive is one of the UK’s largest and longest established public film collections, and is part of the Library Service Special Collections at the Manchester Metropolitan University. The Archive is the professionally recognised home for documentary moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria, or …

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Our Supplement at the Front

9 January 1915 the Oldham Chronicle published a supplement entitled ‘Our Local Heroes’. Inside were contained portraits of soldiers and sailors of the Oldham District who had been killed, and those who had gained distinction on the battlefield, which had appeared in the Oldham Daily and Weekly Chronicle up to 26 December 1914. Private Reuben …

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Sergeant Ainscough of Hindley

This blog is part of a letter sent by Sergeant J Ainscough of Hindley, a soldier with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  He describes his time training and arrival in France, the long marches in bad weather and weeks spent digging trenches.  He then describes the funeral of Sergeant Bailey, junior. Researched and written by …

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On this day…The attack on Croisilles

This account is from the Battalion War Record from the Manchester Regiment 21st (Service) Battalion - in 'Flanders, France and Italy' detailing the two days of battle at Croisilles. This record can be viewed at Archives Plus and is a fascinating account of the Manchester Regiment's involvement in the war. A precursor to the Battle …

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Recovering First World War Theatre

Are you interested in theatrical and cultural history? 'Recovering First World War Theatre' is a nationwide community project researching war plays written and performed during the Great War. This is a good opportunity to use our archive collections to research local stories both to include on our own GM1914 blog and on a wider database. …

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