This blog post was written by Tony Ashcroft, and was originally published in Past Forward - Wigan's local history magazine. In the early years of the First World War there was a call for mobilization and many enlisted. Leigh's Drill Hall in Ellesmere Street was one of the main recruitment centres. Initially there was a … Continue reading Brothers in war
300 Men from Edgworth, Chapeltown and Entwistle The Barlow is a community centre in Edgworth that was built for the village in 1909 by the local landowner and philanthropist, Sir Thomas Barlow. It contains a Registered War Memorial of 144 fading sepia photographs of men from the area who took part in World … Continue reading The Barlow Project
This blog post was written by Barry Mills, a volunteer at Bolton History Centre. George was born at Rishton near Blackburn on 21 March 1890, the youngest of 4 children. Both parents were weavers and he became a half timer in the mill at the age of 12 years. At the age of 22 he … Continue reading George Tomlinson
This blog post was written by Andrew Cannon, a research volunteer for GM1914 at Archives+ and is the last blog as part of the GM1914 Somme commemoration posts. Out of the millions and millions of regular men who went off to fight for King and Country in the First World War, only 628 of them … Continue reading The Hero of Guillemont.
This blog post was written by Lois Dean, a volunteer at Bolton History Centre. Since the start of the First World War, Bolton cotton mill worker Alice Thomasson had watched the young men she knew join the Colours and go off to fight for king and country. Alice felt that she too wanted to … Continue reading Alice Thomasson
This blog post was written by David Williams, Chairman of the Friends of Smithills Hall This Memorial is located in a Chapel which, according to accounts, was initially established on this site in 792AD by Eanbald, Archbishop of York and Aethelbert, Bishop of Hexham and dedicated to the ‘Blessed Virgin Mary’. The land on which Smithills … Continue reading 1914-18 War Memorial in Smithills Hall Chapel, Bolton
This blog post was written by Beverley Ho, a volunteer for Archives+. During the First World War, newspapers were a fundamental source of new, up to date information to the public otherwise had no access to. Therefore buying and reading the local newspapers was very popular and necessary. During this time, newspapers were printed in … Continue reading Exploring Newspaper Advertisements from WWI (Manchester Evening News, 1917)
As much as the history of World War One is a story of military engagements, of vital importance for victory was success in the industrial war at home. Put simply, Britain needed to produce the many millions of bombs, bullets, and other vital materials to successfully defeat the Germans on the Western (and other) fronts, but … Continue reading Manchester’s Industrial War: A view from the factories
This blog post was written by Andrew Cannon, a research volunteer for GM1914 at Archives+. Fred Preston was born in Westhoughton on 3 June 1895. He was one of five children that Moses and and Rachel Preston had towards the end of the 19th century. His father, Moses Preston, worked as so many others did … Continue reading The story of Fred Preston.
This blog post was written by Margaret Bell and was originally published in Past Forward - Wigan's local history magazine. Searching for Great Uncle Harry WHEN I began to be interested in my family history it was to Dad that I turned for his memories of family and friends. He had a wealth of information … Continue reading Searching for Great Uncle Harry