Search for Relatives of Soldier, John William Beverley

A book wrapped in brown paper found in a cupboard in a house in Milnrow has led to a family history search by two ladies from Huddersfield. The book, ‘To Pay the Price’ by Silas K. Hocking, was a present to a John William Beverley given to him by his cousins, Clara Bell Matthews and May Matthews on his twelfth birthday in December 1900. Even more intriguing was a letter found inside the book from John William Beverley to his mother dated 26 September 1917 from the battlefields of France where he was a soldier.

The discovery of the book and letter led to Oldham where John William Beverley was born on 4 December 1888. A property repairer by trade, he lived with his mother, Martha and Stepfather, Albert Whiteley, until he married Annie Smith (dob circa 1889) at the beginning of 1912. They subsequently had a son, John Beverley, born Jan/Feb/March 1912.

John Wm Beverley joined the 2/10th Manchester Regiment of the Oldham Territorials at Whitsuntide 1915, and was sent to Egypt early in 1917. He was later sent to France where he was wounded in the knee with shrapnel on 5 April 1918. Transferred to the Lord Derby Hospital, Warrington he died on 20th May 1918, aged 29 and was buried in a war grave in Chadderton cemetery on 24th May 1918.

The researchers are trying to trace relatives of the above to return the book and letter to them. It is especially important as this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

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New chairman
 
Ralph Lomas has now taken over as chairman of the branch - contact details here.
 
Bill Fulton

We have learned that Bill passed away over this last weekend (8th/9th April).  He was a stalwart of the WFA and an expert on the Machine Gun Corps, in which one of his forebearers served.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. DSC02707

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.

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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:

Hi

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.

Mark Shaw

If anyone does perchance know anything about Private Shaw could you please contact Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Terry?

This website

To date, we have had more than 10,000 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

From Ralph:  

Tom Willis had an official invite to Tyne Cot on 31 July.  As some of you know, his father and five uncles all served in Flanders at one time or another.  Obviously he couldn't get there under his own steam, so I agreed to go with him as I was going with the WFA exhibition at Zonnebeke anyway.
We got him a wheelchair at registration at Ypres Station for the big event.
He was very graciously looked after by the army FANYs and was given a good viewing position next to all the Generals/VIPs etc
Ralph
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Tramways

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

A new memorial to Manchester railwymen has been unveiled in Manchester Piccadilly Station by Michael Portillo.  The research for the memorial was undertaken by two Virgin Trains managers - see Local History page
 
 The Lost Tommies
 
A collection of photos of Tommies billeted in the village of Vignacourt has come to light and is on the BBC "One Show" site - One Show photos Can you help identify any of them?