Close of the Passchendaele Attack

An account taken from the record book of The Manchester Regiment 12th (Service) Battalion in France and Flanders. Blog written by Jane Williams. The 12th (Service) Battalion was formed in 1914 at Ashton-Under-Lyne, its first billets being the Skating Rink. Throughout the war the Battalion was involved in a number of battles including, The Somme, …

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Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force

The Edward Hall Diary Collection is one of the most important set of records held by Wigan Archives & Local Studies. Extending back to 1698, the collection consists of over 200 diaries, journals and memoirs, written by individuals from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities and collected by Hall, a veteran of both World Wars …

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On the Ypres Front – part 3

Today is the final instalment from the Manchester Regiment Record Book, detailing the operations of the Manchesters at Polygon Wood and Gheluvelt. In today's transcription the names of killed and wounded officers are included. 26 October 1917 ' "C" company had moved off at zero hour, passed over Power Trench, where elements of "D" company …

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On the Ypres Front – Part 2

This blog continues with a transcription from The Manchester Battalion record book. In addition to the Manchesters, many other regiments are mentioned making the record book a valuable resources for historians and family history researchers. The record also names camps, towns and areas on the front line. Polygon Wood and Gheluvelt 'The Battalion remained in …

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On the Ypres Front – part 1

Polygon Wood and Gheluvelt -  a 3 part blog that will be posted this week to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele - one of the bloodiest of World War One The Manchester Regiment Record book at Archives Plus, gives a detailed account of the movements of the Manchester Regiment 21st (Service) …

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