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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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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Working Women in the First World War

Thank you to our Archivesplus volunteer Núria Palomares for researching and writing this fascinating topic of the role of women during the First World War. The First World War brought many changes in the world, including to the lives of British women. The armed forces recruited a large number of men and previous male-dominant roles in …

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