‘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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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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