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Manchester Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Manchester Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Alexander James William. 20th Battalion (5th Pals) (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Allan Percival Robert. Sgt.
  • Allen William Henry. Pte. 2/9th Battalion (d.11th Jun 1917)
  • Appleton James Arthur.
  • Aspley Charles Joseph. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Bailey George Arthur. 20th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Ball Stephen John. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Bardsley Harry Toplis. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Barton John Thomas. Sjt. 1/8th Btn.
  • Beckett Francis Xavier. L/Cpl. Bed. A Signal Depot (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Benson Joseph. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.9th Jan 1917)
  • Blakey Percy. Pte. 1/8 Battalion (d.7th Jun 1915)
  • Bonning Bramwell Harry. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Booth Archie. L/Cpl. 18th Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Boutke Joseph P. Pte. 2/7th Battalion (d.7th October 1917)
  • Boyd Herbert. Pte. 16th Battalion
  • Bradley Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th Sept 1917)
  • Bradshaw Robert. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13th Oct 1914)
  • Bray James Henry. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Bridge James. Sgt. 1st/5th Btn. (d.4th Jun 1915)
  • Brigham Thomas. Pte. 1/10th Btn. (d.4th Jun 1918)
  • Brooks Norbert Squire Standish. Cpl.
  • Burke Arthur Patrick. Private 5th Pals service (d.9th October 1917)
  • Burke James. Pte. 23rd(Service)Battalion (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Burrows Albert John. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.18th April 1916)
  • Burton Daniel . Pte. 1st Battalion (d.8th March 1916)
  • Butcher Henry. (d.1915)
  • Butcher Henry. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Caine Matthew. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Campbell Alfred. Pte. 8th Btn. A Coy (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Cassell Andrew. Pte. 23rd Battalion (d.20th July 1916)
  • Chadwick James Henry. L.Col 24th Btn. (d.May 1916)
  • Cole William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th July 1917)
  • Collier Frederick John. Pte. 2/8th Battalion (d.12th May 1917)
  • Davies James Frederick. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.16th July 1916)
  • Dawson Halliwell. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Dickinson George. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30th Aug 1918)
  • Dixon Albert. L/Cpl. 20th Btn. (d. 6th May 1918)
  • Dixon William Baldwin. L/Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.11th Jul 1918)
  • Dixon William Baldwin. L/Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.11th July 1918)
  • Donnan William Joseph. Cpl. 2nd/9th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Donoghue John. Pte. 23rd Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1917)
  • Dyson Sidney. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.17th Feb 1919)
  • Eardley John. Pte. (d.4th Jun 1915)
  • Edwin Garside . Pte. 1/9th Batallion (d.25th April 1917)
  • Elstob Wilfrith. Lt Col. 16th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Farrell . Lance Corporal 2nd Btn
  • Fitton Walter. Pte. 24th Btn. C Coy.
  • Ford Benjamin A. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.8th March 1916)
  • Fothergill William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Feb 1916)
  • Foulkes Thomas. Pte. 1st/10th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Fox Louis . Pte. 18th Battalion (d.9th Jul 1916)
  • Gardiner Fred. Pte. 19th Btn. C Coy. IV Pln.
  • Gardiner Harry. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Gardiner Herbert. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Garside Robert Taylor. CQMS 22nd (7th City) Btn.
  • Gill William. Cpl. 2 Btn (d.20th Oct1914 )
  • Gorin Walter Charles. Cpm Sgt. Major 23 Battalion ( Bantam) (d.20th. July 1916)
  • Graham Albert. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d. 10th July 1915)
  • Green James Edward. Rfm. 9th Btn. (d.27th Apr 1917)
  • Green James Edward. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.2nd May 1918)
  • Greenhalgh Joseph. Pte. 2/9th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Grieves Charles. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Grimshaw John. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Hall William Frances. Lt. 20th Battalion (d.7th Oct 1917)
  • Hamer John James. L/Cpl 2/5th Btn.
  • Hamer R. B.. Lt. 23rd Btn.
  • Hancock James Henry. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Hancock James Henry. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Hancock James Henry. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Harley Thomas Middleton. Pte. 1/8th Btn.
  • Harrison Walter. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.15th Aug 1918)
  • Hart Benjamin John. Pte. 20th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Hayes J. Milton. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn.
  • Heald Eli James. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Heath Arthur. Cpl. 22nd Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Heaton John. Pte. 2/5th Btn. A Coy. No 1. Pltn. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Henderson George Stuart. Capt. 2nd Btn.
  • Herbert Joseph Samuel. Sgt. 21st Battalion
  • Heywood Thomas. Sergeant 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jun 1918)
  • Heywood Thomas . Sjt. (d.1st June 1918)
  • Hill Thomas. Sgt. 13th Battalion
  • Hoath Martin. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1916)
  • Hodgson Edward. Sjt. 52nd Btn. (d.4th Aug 1919)
  • Holroyd Albert. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Holt Ellis. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.4th March 1917)
  • Hopwood Walter. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Houghton Joseph Edward. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.9th Jan 1917)
  • Hunt William G.. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.14th Nov 1916)
  • Hunter Thomas Edward.
  • Icke Ernest William. L/Cpl. 22nd Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Ingham Albert. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Ingoe Herbert. Pte. 18th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Jones Albert Edward. Pte. 19th Btn (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Jones Robert. Pte. 1st Batallion (d.16th May 1917)
  • Jones Samuel S.. L/Cpl. 22nd Btns (d.5th Oct 1917)
  • Kendall Robert. Cpl. 2/7th Btn.
  • Kerry Arnold John St Legier. Lt. 16th Service Btn (1st City) (d.14th Feb 1918)
  • Kirk James. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.4th November 1918)
  • Kruger Dirk Jacobus. Temp. 2nd Lt. 23rd Btn. (d.1st Apr 1918)
  • Lamb Joseph. Cpl. 22nd Btn. B Coy. 8Plt.
  • Leaver Hartley. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.25th July 1918)
  • Leaver Hartley. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.25th Jul 1918)
  • Littleford William. Pte. 1/9th Btn. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Lloyd Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Nov 1916)
  • Lockley John Bright. CQMS (d.5th April 1918)
  • Longshaw Alfred. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Maloney Austin Martin. Pte. 22nd Battalion (d.13 May 1917)
  • Mantova John Steven. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Marsh Edward. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Martindale Herbert. Pay Sjt. 1st Btn.
  • Mason Frank. Pte. 1st/6th Battalion (d.14th Jul 1918)
  • McLean Joseph. Pte. 8th (Ardwick) Btn.
  • McLoughlin John. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Miller William. 3rd Battalion, G Company.
  • Mingham Joseph. Pte.
  • Mooney Christopher. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Morris John. Sgt 11th Btn.
  • Newby Ernest. L/Cpl. 11th Btn (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Nicholson Alfred Charles.
  • Noonan William. Pte.
  • Novembrino Prospero. Private
  • Owen Robert. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Owen Wilfred. 5th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Owen Wilfred Edward Salter . (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Peatman Thomas. Pte. 24th Btn. (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Peatman Thomas. Pte. 24th Btn. (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Peplow Charles. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • Pettecrew Benjamin. Pte. 20th Battalion B company (d.4th October 1918)
  • Preston Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Ramsbottom Ernest. Pte. 8th (Ardwick) Btn. (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Ramsden Percy Gordon. Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Ringham H.. 2/Lt. 16th Btn.
  • Roberts Albert Ernest. Pte. 20th (Service) Battalion
  • Roberts Albert Ernest. Pte. 20th Btn.
  • Roberts John Thomas. Pte. 1/8th (Ardwick) Btn.
  • Roberts John T.. Pte. 1/8th (Ardwick) Btn.
  • Ross Ralph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Jan 1917)
  • Shelmerdine James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Smyth Paul. 17th Btn.
  • Starkie Richard. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Statter William. Cpl. 5th Btn (d.26th Jun 1917)
  • Stott Walter Goodwin. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.18 Sep 1918)
  • Summersgill Albert. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Thornton Walter Andrew. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.20th Oct 1918)
  • Thorpe Charles. Pte. 23rd Btn. (d.22nd October 1917)
  • Timms Joseph. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.7th Dec 1915)
  • Tingey Thomas. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.17th October 1918)
  • Tinsley Albert Edward. Cpl. 12th Battalion
  • Travis William. 12th Battalion
  • Underwood Walter. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Vince Stanley Gilbert Gordon. Cpl. 20th Battalion
  • Viner John. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Wailey Francis James. Private (d.10th November 1917)
  • Wain Richard William Leslie. Capt. 25th Btn. att. A Bn. Tank Corps (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Waister John James. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Watson James Richard. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Webster John William. Pte. 18th Battalion
  • Webster John William. Pte.
  • Webster John William. 18th Btn.
  • Wharton Francis. Pte. 18th Btn (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Wheildon John James Ainsworth. Pte. 2/9th Battalion (d.13th Feb 1918)
  • Whitaker Robert Thomas. Pte. 1/7th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Whitfield Robert. Pte. 22nd Btn.
  • Wild James Dearden Joseph. Pte.
  • Wilkinson Walter. L/Cpl. 2/7th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Williams Frank Sidney. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1917)
  • Wilson Robert. Pte. 21st Battalion
  • Wolstencroft Edward. L/Cpl. 22nd Battalion, C Company, XII Platoon (d.14th Mar 1917)
  • Worley James Edward. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Wright Henry Thomas Richard Somerset. Captn. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Dec 1916)
  • Wycherley William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Sep 1917)

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Lt Col. Wilfrith Elstob VC, DSO, MC 16th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.21st March 1918)

Wilfrith Elstob died on 21st March 1918, ages 29 and is commemorated on on the Pozieres Memorial in the Pozieres British cemetery in France. He was the son of the Rev. Canon J. G. Elstob and Frances Alice Elstob, of Fanshawe, Chelford, Cheshire.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 6th June, 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice during operations at Manchester Redoubt, near St. Quentin, on the 21st March, 1918. During the preliminary bombardment he encouraged his men in the posts in the Redoubt by frequent visits, and when repeated attacks developed controlled the defence at the points threatened, giving personal support with revolver, rifle and bombs. Single-handed he repulsed one bombing assault driving back the enemy and inflicting severe casualties. Later, when ammunition was required, he made several journeys under severe fire in order to replenish the supply. Throughout the day Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob, although twice wounded, showed the most fearless disregard of his own safety, and by his encouragement and noble example inspired his command to the fullest degree. The Manchester Redoubt was surrounded in the first wave of the enemy attack, but by means of the buried cable Lieutenant-Colonel Elstob was able to assure his Brigade Commander that "The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last." Sometime after this post was overcome by vastly superior forces, and this very gallant officer was killed in the final assault, having maintained to the end the duty which he had impressed on his men - namely, 'Here we fight, and here we die.' He set throughout the highest example of valour, determination, endurance and fine soldierly bearing."

s flynn


Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC. Manchester Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born 18 March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire. After school he became a teaching assistant and in 1913 went to France for two years to work as a language tutor. He began writing poetry as a teenager.

In 1915 he returned to England to enlist in the army and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment. After spending the remainder of the year training in England, he left for the western front early in January 1917. After experiencing heavy fighting, he was diagnosed with shellshock. He was evacuated to England and arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh in June. There he met the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who already had a reputation as a poet and shared Owen's views. Sassoon agreed to look over Owen's poems, gave him encouragement and introduced him to literary figures such as Robert Graves.

Reading Sassoon's poems and discussing his work with Sassoon revolutionised Owen's style and his conception of poetry. He returned to France in August 1918 and in October was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. On 4 November 1918 he was killed while attempting to lead his men across the Sambre canal at Ors. The news of his death reached his parents on 11 November, Armistice Day.

Edited by Sassoon and published in 1920, Owen's single volume of poems contain some of the most poignant English poetry of World War One, including 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'.



Pte. Thomas Lloyd 2nd Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.17th Nov 1916)

Thomas Lloyd was my Grandmother's eldest brother and she used to tell me all about him when I was a child. He was killed in the Battle of Somme the day before his 19th Birthday and her mother my, Great Grandmother, refused to believe that her eldest son had been killed and maintained he had met a French girl and run off !!!!

My Nan always wanted to find where he lay but never did on her lifetime. We as a family believe he was blown up with two other soldiers and his name is now on the Thiepval Wall which my sister has seen and placed We grew up often talking about Uncle Tommy and I make sure his name is passed to new members of the family so he is never forgotten. I have the original scroll sent by King George in its original case with my Grandmother and Grandfather's address on.

My nanna said he had been injured once before and come back to get better then was sent back. When he was leaving for the second time he turned to my Nan and said "You won't see me again as I won't come back" She said she was horrified at him saying this and told him not to be stupid but he smiled and said "No, I have been there and seen it I won't survive". She used to have a tear in her eye as she was very close to him being just two years apart.

Very sad but what a brave you man like so many others. Never forgotten and his memory will live on like his special scroll. God bless.

Denise Marsden


2nd Lt. James Kirk VC 2nd Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.4th November 1918)

Second Lieutenant James Kirk, VC

James Kirk was killed in action on 4th November 1918 aged 22 and is buried in the Ors Communal Cemetery in France. He was the son of James and Rachel Kirk, of 530 Edge Lane, Droylesden, Manchester. Born at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 31108, dated 3rd Jan., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty North of Ors on 4th Nov., 1918, whilst attempting to bridge the Oise Canal. To cover the bridging of the canal he took a Lewis gun, and, under intense machine-gun fire, paddled across the canal on a raft, and at a range of ten yards expended all his ammunition. Further ammunition was paddled across to him and he continuously maintained a covering fire for the bridging party from a most exposed position till killed at his gun. The supreme contempt of danger and magnificent self-sacrifice displayed by this gallant officer prevented many casualties and enabled two platoons to cross the bridge before it was destroyed."

s flynn


James William Alexander 20th Battalion (5th Pals) Manchester Regiment (d.9th Oct 1917)

James Alexander served with the 5th Manchester Pals Battalion.

Jacqueline Austin


Pte. James Edward Green 1st/7th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.2nd May 1918)

James Green was killed in action on the 2nd of May 1918, aged 35 and is buried in the Couin New British Cemetery, France. He was the son of John and Mary Ann Green, of 23, Hollingreave Rd., Burnley; husband of Ada Green, of 56, Dall St., Burnley Wood, Burnley

s flynn


Capt. Richard William Leslie Wain VC. 25th Btn. att. A Bn. Tank Corps Manchester Regiment (d.20th Nov 1917)

Richard Wain was killed in action on the 20th of November 1917, aged 20 and commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of Florence E. Wain, of Woodside, The Avenue, Llandaff, Cardiff, and the late Harris Wain.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 13th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery in command of a section of Tanks. During an attack the Tank in which he was, was disabled by a direct hit near an enemy strong point which was holding up the attack. Capt. Wain and one man, both seriously wounded, were the only survivors. Though bleeding profusely from his wounds, he refused the attention of stretcher-bearers, rushed from behind the Tank with a Lewis gun, and captured the strong point, taking about half the garrison prisoners. Although his wounds were very serious he picked up a rifle and continued to fire at the retiring enemy until he received a fatal wound in the head. It was due to the valour displayed by Capt. Wain that the infantry were able to advance."

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Timms 12th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.7th Dec 1915)

Joseph Timms was killed in action on the 7th of December 1915, aged 22 and is buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of Mrs. Catherine Timms, of 20, Gertrude St., Salford, Manchester.

s flynn


James Arthur Appleton Manchester Regiment

I have been researching my great grandfather who fought in WW1. I have a copy of his death certificate which states that he died of paraplegia, gastritis and heart failure and was wondering what kind of injuries he would have had to cause death. He was in the Army for two years (1913-1915) and, after being injured, was discharged as being unfit. He died sometime in 1922. I would really appreciate any information about him or what happened.



L/Cpl. Walter Wilkinson 2/7th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.9th Oct 1917)

Walter Wilkinson is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Keith Wilkinson


Cpl. Joseph Lamb 22nd Btn. B Coy. 8Plt. Manchester Regiment

Joseph Lamb was a stoker at Stuart St power station immediately prior to WW1 though he had previously worked in a cotton mill.

On the 1st of September 1914 he attested with the 12th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps as a private No 531, but this was short lived as he was discharged 1 month later under Kings Regulation 392, 111 (unlikely to become an efficient soldier).

Evidently, not put off by this hitch, he then joined the 22nd Manchester Regiment, "B" Company, VII Platoon as a Private on the th of January 1915. His initial training took place at Stretford Rd Barracks, Hulme, Manchester. During this period the 22nd Manchester's had no billets, uniforms or weaponry and in fact returned home at the end of each day's training. The Battalion then moved to Morecambe followed by Grantham and then Larkhill Camp, Salisbury Plain.

They were then sent to France via Folkestone to Boulogne. Due to appalling weather they were billeted overnight until the sea calmed down though the sailing could not be described as calm. The battn then continued advanced training before tasting their first "active service" in trenches facing Thiepval (at that point a heavily defended German stronghold) under the watchful eye of the 1st Bttn Hampshire Regt.

The 22nds remained in France and were billeted at Fricourt the night before the opening of The Battle of the Somme. On the opening of the battle they held trenches midway between Fricourt and Mametz and went over the top in an attempt to capture/liberate the German held village of Mametz. The objective was achieved and proved to be one of the few successes of the day which saw 60,000 allied casualties.

The 22nds lost officers killed May, Bland, Mellor, Gomersall, Peak, Brunt, Swan, Nansen, Price and Gill. Officers Wounded: Lloyd, Worthington Prince, Cotton, Wood, >Workhouse and Riley wounded. 120 other ranks were killed and 241 others were wounded or missing.

In late September Joseph Lamb was listed as wounded on The Times daily casualty lists though I can find no detail of the nature of the wound. They remained in the Somme region and took part in the Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917. This battle proved to be another fiasco largely due to the failure of British tanks to reach, let alone disrupt the enemy front line.

My other grandfather was captured during this battle.

The Battalion moved to Belgium in September 1917 to take part in the 3rd battle of Ypres (Paschaendale). On the 2nd of October 1917 Joe Lamb was in dugouts in a railway embankment west of Zillebeke Lake. On the night of the 3rd the Battlion marched up to Polygon Wood in preparation for the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge. The Manchester's attacked Broodseinde Ridge early on the 4th and he was hit by a shell and lay injured in a shell hole. A German soldier was in the same shell hole and managed to dress Joe's badly wounded leg. Upon the arrival of other British troops Joe Lamb managed to talk them out of shooting the German soldier who was subsequently taken as a POW.

Joe Lamb was evacuated to Britain and spent some time at Colchester Military Hospital though by this time he had lost a leg 2 inches above the knee. He received further treatment at the 2nd Western Military Hospital on Whitworth St, Manchester. It was here on 1st of July 1918 that his artificial leg was "successfully fitted".

He later returned to work for the Electricity Dept as a storeman. He was never a well man after the war and died aged 47 in 1943. His brother in law (another Manchester Pal) died in the same hospital on the same day with neither widow (sisters) realising the other was there. During his recuperation Joe took offence to a grocery boy's taunts aimed at the injured soldiers. When the boy entered the hospital Joe, regardless of his missing leg stole and hid the boys delivery bike. Try explaining that to your boss!


Pte. Eli James Heald 2nd/6th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.21st March 1918)

Eli Heald enlisted in August, 1916, and served in France. Whilst in training he was a prize winner in shooting competitions, and was more than once offered promotion, but he preferred to remain a private. At the time of joining the Army he was a schoolmaster at Dulcie Avenue Junior Boys' School, having served his time at Trinity Wesleyan Market Street School. and attended Trinity Weslyan Church.

He was listed in CWGC as "Heal" but this has since been corrected. The NMB data lists him with his number and also gives his date of death as 31/3/18. He was born and lived in Chorley. He Enlisted in Manchester. The Register of Soldiers' Effects notes "Death Presumed" 21-31/3/1918. It names his widow as Mabel A.

The Chorley Guardian article of 26/10/1918 adds his age and occupation, with his address as Manchester, having been born in Chorley.

The 1911 Census has him at 158 Heald Place, Rusholme, Manchester: Eli James Heald (25, Head, Certified Assisstant Teacher, Manchester Corporation, Born in Chorley), Mabel Alice Heald (25, Wife, Married 2 years with one child, still living, born in Nelson), Donald Heald (1, Son, Born in Manchester).

Eli James Heald had married Mabel Alice Sellers at Trinity Methodist Church, Chorley in 1908 .

The 1901 Census has him at 14 Colliery Street, Chorley: Ellen Heald (56, Head, Widow, Born in Chorley), Maggie Heald (26, Born in Chorley), Andrew Heald (22, Son, Letterpress Printer, Born in Chorley), David H Heald (20, Son, Joiner's Apprentice, Carpenter, Born in Chorley), Thomas Heald (18, Son, Joiner's Apprentice, Carpenter, Born in Chorley), Eli J Heald (15, Son, Pupil Teacher, Day School, Born in Chorley).

The 1891 Census has him at 14 Colliery Street, Chorley: Andrew Heald (47, Head, Joiner and Builder, Born in Chorley) Ellen Heald (46, Wife, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Heald (24, Daughter, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), William Heald (21, Son, Joiner, Born in Chorley), Alexander Heald (19, Son, Painter's Apprentice, Born in Chorley), Margaret Heald (16, Son, Tailor's Assistant, Born in Chorley), Richard Heald (14, Son, Born in Chorley), Andrew Heald (12, Son, Chemist's Assistant, Born in Chorley), David H Heald (10, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Thomas Heald (8, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Eli J Heald (5, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley).

Eli James Heald was Baptised on 12/6/1885 at St George's Church, Chorley [England, Select Births and Christenings, FLH Film Number 1526077 p 243 n 1938]. His mother's maiden name was Taylor]. His parents, Andrew Heald and Ellen Heald were living at 14 Colliery Street. His father's occupation was given as being a Joiner

Andrew Heald and Andrew Taylor were married at St George's Church, Chorley, in 1865 . The marriage took place on 16/9/1865: Andrew Heald (21, Joiner, Bachelor of St George's Parish, son of William Heald, Grocer) and Ellen Taylor (21, Warper, Spinster of St George's Parish, daughter of Richard Taylor, Postman). The witnesses were William Leigh and Margaret Heald.

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Pte. Joseph Bradley 2nd Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.8th Sept 1917)

Joseph Bradley served with the 2nd Btn. Manchester Regiment



Pte. Albert Edward Jones 19th Btn Manchester Regiment (d.23rd Jul 1916)

Albert Edward Jones was the son of Thomas and Margaret Jones.

Richard Roberts


2/Lt. H. Ringham 16th Btn. Manchester Rgt.

Lt. Ringham was a prisoner in Mainz POW Camp.


2nd Lt. J. Milton Hayes MC 7th Btn. Manchester Regiment

Lt. Hayes was a prisoner of war in Mainz Citadel.


Pte. John Eardley Manchester Regiment (d.4th Jun 1915)

Private John Eardley, Manchester Regiment, served on the Gallipoli Peninsula since the landings in April. In civilian life he was an avid autograph collector. After his death on the 4th of June 1915 a postcard was found in his trench which read: “A man who goes on calmly hunting autographs with all civilization crumbling around him, and the Turkish enemy not far below the horizon, really deserves to succeed. So here goes, G Bernard Shaw”.


Captn. Henry Thomas Richard Somerset Wright 2nd Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.24th Dec 1916)

Captain Henry Thomas was killed on active service at Dibbis, Soudan on 24th of December 1916. Aged 32 years.

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Pte. Frank Sidney Williams 19th Btn. Manchester Regiment (d.6th Sep 1917)

My grandfather was Frank Williams. He was 39 when he died in Ypres, Belgium on 6th of September 1917. My mother told me that he was called up into service in the summer of 1917. He died within weeks of arriving in Belgium. He left behind six children and a widow. Subsequently, his widow Emma Williams died in 1921 from disability caused by her husband's death (CVA), leaving six orphans behind.

We have had no details of what happened to him and what battle he was at, other than being at Ypres, Belgium. I am finding it almost impossible to track what happened to him. There are no records of his date of being activated into service or any record of his dates of service. There is no mention of the 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment being called in to service in 1917. Any help on shedding light on this would be helpful. It is shocking for me that there is no history of the individual battalion movements.

Iris Jacobson


Pte. Matthew Caine 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment (d.17th Aug 1917)

Matthew Caine was a father of 4 who died aged 34. Before joining the army, he worked as a collier for the Wigan Coal and Iron Co. He enlisted in October 1914. He was a stretcher bearer with the Manchester Regiment. He was killed whilst trying to save one of his comrades, 17th August 1917. His body was never found. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Robert Howe

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