The Battle of the Ancre

Thank you to our Archives+ volunteer Clare McGovern for researching and writing this blog post about a family story. Pte Leonard Royle, 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment and the Battle of the Ancre (13th–18th Nov 1916). Leonard Royle was born in Sale on the 17th of September 1892. He was the first of four surviving children …

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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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