Lecture in Preston - 23rd March 2018
The Chairman and members of the Lancashire committee of ABF, the Soldiers' Charity, invite their friends to an evening lecture "1918 Victory" in the garrison church of St Albans, Fulwood Barracks, Preston PR2 8AB. Museum doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm. Tickets £15 to include hot pot supper.
John Downham and David Rogan, who is the Chair of the Museum Friends, will be speaking. All in aid of ABF. Car Parking is free but photo ID is needed to get into the barracks at Fulwood. Happy to tell you more:
NEW - future of the branch: from the Chairman
I am pleased to announce that Ralph Lomas has agreed to take on the Chairman's position from the AGM. However, this is a temporary matter and he will be looking for members to come together to create a working committee to ensure the long term future of the BranchTerry Jackson. Chairman
Mike O'Brien's new book
There is a review of Mike's new book on Americans in the British forces, here.
Terry and Ann at the Menin Gate
On Terry's 70th birthday, on 18th December, Terry and Ann were at the Menin Gate to lay a wreath in memory of the 6th Cheshires who took part in the opening day of 3rd Ypres. Terry also gave the exhortation.
Medals of Private George William Shaw
We were contacted recently through the website by Mark Shaw who is searching for information about his great uncle, Private George William Shaw, 12364 of 9th battalion Cheshire Regiment. Mark's email reads as follows:
I hope you may be able to help me, as I am currently researching my Family Tree. I have identified George William Shaw as my Great Uncle. He served in A Company 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, from 01/09/1914 until his death 22/06/1917. His service number was 12364.
I have found that his medals (with the exception of his BWM), death plaque and associated certificates were sold on Ebay in 2014. I am unable to identify the seller or the purchaser.
I would like to find who it was that bought the items, if only to ask for copies of the documentation and, maybe provide a little background information in regard of my Uncle. Ideally, I would love to buy the items.
I know it is a long shot but I thought that it may be possible that one of your members may be the purchaser. I would be obliged if you could see your way clear to circulating the details to your membership.
To date, we have had more than 9,000 hits on the front page of this site in the 24 months that it has been live, plus numerous others that will have gone direct to a particular page.
Tom Willis at Tyne Cot Commemoration
There is an account of the visit to Ypres by Martin and Winifrid Logan to honour the memory of those Manchester Corporation Tramways who fell in WWI - Tramways workers
Manchester Military History Society
The Society meet at:
East Manchester History and Gaming Centre,
Knivton Street, Godley, Hyde, SK14 2PU
More details on their website - Manchester Military History Society
A new memorial to Manchester railwaymen killed in WWI