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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‘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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Leigh Prisoner of War Camp

This article is from the Wigan Archives and Local Studies website. They have a number of First World War resources available online; including a searchable database of soldiers, newspaper cuttings and photographs. Also included is the fascinating story of the Leigh Prisoner of War camp; part of the story can be read below. For more information …

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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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