‘Family’s Heavy Sacrifice’

This article was researched by the Astley Lions Scout Troop and first appeared in Past Forward, the local history magazine of Wigan and Leigh Archives. Thomas Pendlebury, his wife Sarah and their 8 children lived in a small terraced house a stones throw away from the Astley Colliery which still stands today. In February 1915, a …

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‘…and the morning broke…’

Today we continue with the blog written by volunteer Chris Prince containing the powerful words of soldier 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth Callan McArdle who was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme.   The journal of Kenneth McArdle continued...   6 July 1916 'On the night of 30th June the 90th Brigade marched out …

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The Capture of Montauban

Volunteer Chris Prince came across the journal of Kenneth Callan McArdle whilst rooting around documents in the collections at Ashton Local Studies Centre.  The 2nd Lieutenant served with the 17th Manchester Regiment and wrote what Chris describes as ‘a very powerful peace of literature’.  We will be sharing two entries from the journal over a …

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Eleven days in a shell-hole: an Openshaw Sergeant’s experience a the Somme.

Born in 1888, by July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, Sergeant Huddart of Openshaw was a fresh-faced twenty-eight year old member of the Manchester Regiment. During the battle he would suffer serious, though not fatal injuries due to enemy machine gun fire, enduring for eleven days in a shell-hole before finally being rescued. The …

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