Newspapers

Newspapers

This project aims to search through contemporary newspapers in order to locate items relating to Whitchurch, during The Great War. Articles and adverts will be photographed and transcribed which refer to life in the town and the surrounding area.

Also included will be reports of news from the war relating to Whitchurch men and references to military activity in the area.

Articles referring to incidents at Prees Heath camp and any of the surrounding medical facilities will also be noted.

The Newspapers project will be undertaken by Whitchurch Museum and Archive volunteers.


Cheshire Observer 3 October 1914

Report in the Cheshire Observer giving an official list of names of the missing “It has for some weeks been surmised that in the early days of the War the Cheshires sustained very heavy losses, but not until to-day was …

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Chester Chronicle 23 October 1915

Report in the Chester Chronicle 23rd October 1915 about Harold Gregory “Mrs. Henry Tollemache has received further acknowledgements of the parcels of comforts sent from Nantwich to prisoners of war in Germany. Pte. H. Gregory writes to Mrs. Tollemache:- “Dear …

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Birmingham Daily Post 6 September 1917

Report in the Birmingham Daily Post 6th September 1917 regarding the death of George Austin “Second Lieutenant George Elliott Austin, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, killed in action, was the youngest son of the late Mr. William Austin, Whitchurch, Salop, and 24 …

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Nantwich Guardian 9 April 1915

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 9th April 1915 regarding the death of John Roden “Soldier killed in action – the village of Wrenbury mourns the death of a gallant soldier in the person of Private John Roden, King’s Own Royal …

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Whitchurch Herald 20th January 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 20th January 1917 regarding the death of Ernest Wilson “Pte, Ernest Wilson a Whitchurch Boy K.L.R. (Pals) age 19, after a year’s active service and participating in severe action has died of wounds in No …

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Whitchurch Herald 21st October 1916

Letter in the Whitchurch Herald 21st October 1916 received by Mrs Jones regarding the death of her husband, Joseph Jones. “Dear Madam, As the Chaplain attached to the 3rd Worcester Regiment, it is with deepest regret and sympathy that I …

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Army Records

An Army Report from the Medical Record of Charles Herbert Shaw concerning his illness. “Medical Report States; That the early winter was exceptionally cold and wet, the man was then a private, and took his regular turn on guard. Got …

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Whitchurch Herald 23rd September 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 23rd September 1916 concerning the death of Eric Hanson Lee. “Mr L Lee, High Street, Whitchurch on Tuesday night he received news that his second son John Arthur had been killed in action. On Thursday …

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Whitchurch Herald 19th August 1916

Letter in the Whitchurch Herald 19th August 1916 received by Mr and Mrs Hales regarding the death of their son, George Albert Hales “George Hales had been in the trenches for three months when he was admitted to No 18 …

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Whitchurch Herald 28th August 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 28th August 1916 on the death of George Percy Burrows Letter received by Mrs Burrows; “Dear Mrs Burrows, Will you kindly accept my sincere sympathy and condolence in the decease of that worthy citizen and …

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Whitchurch Herald 29th July 1916

Letter in the Whitchurch Herald 29th July 1916 on the death of Richard John Edge Rycroft “Dear Madam, I regret to have to write and inform you that your husband was brought into this Hospital seriously wounded during the night …

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Whitchurch Herald 22nd July 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 22nd July 1916 on the death of George Caldecott Taylor “George Caldecott Taylor was taken ill at Bedford, sent home on a sick furlong, but was admitted to the Military Hospital, at Prees Heath when …

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Whitchurch Herald 15th July 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 15th July 1916 on the death of George Frederick Jones Letter received by Mr & Mrs Jones; “It’s with deepest regret that I write this letter to inform you of the death of your son, …

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Whitchurch Herald 30 April 1921

Report in the Whitchurch Herald recording the decision of the Whitchurch War Memorial Committee at its wind up meeting “Additional names to be placed upon the Memorial – Arthur Powell, Matthew John Powell, Charles Jones. Matthew John being a doubt …

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Whitchurch Herald 13 November 1920

Report in the Whitchurch Herald regarding the death of Arthur Toplady Powell “We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr Arthur Toplady Powell only son of Mrs W. A. Powell and the late Mr W. A. Powell who was …

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Whitchurch Herald 16th August 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 16th August 1919 relating to Arthur Hughes “Official news has been received by Mr and Mrs Hughes that their son Arthur, of the King’s Royal Rifles, reported missing since March 21st 1918, now reported killed …

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Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919 relating to the death of Frank Challenor “Mr W Challenor, 28 Claypit Street has received the sad news of the death of his son Private Frank Challenor, 1/4th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry …

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Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919 of a letter received by Mrs. Walford regarding the death of her son, Edward Walford “Dear Mrs Walford I deeply regret to tell you your son passed away this morning at 03.45 …

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Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919 relating to the death of Frank Challenor “Mr W Challenor, 28 Claypit Street has received the sad news of the death of his son Private Frank Challenor, 1/4th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry …

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Whitchurch Herald 8th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 8th February 1919 regarding the death of James Henry Simon “Many readers will remember James Henry Simon, who worked at the Showrooms in Whitchurch before the War. He joined the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in …

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Whitchurch Herald 8th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 8th February 1919 relating to the death of Geoffrey Frank Willett “Mrs Willet has received the sad news that her husband, Pte; Geoffrey Willet 19760, 7th Btn Kings Shropshire Light Infantry “B” Company, has died …

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Whitchurch Herald 11th January 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 11th January 1919 regarding the death of Alfred Evason “Mrs Evason of 19 Bark Hill, has received the sad news of the death of her husband, Pte, A Evason while a prisoner of war. Pte, …

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Whitchurch Herald January 4th 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 4th January 1919 of a letter received by Mrs. Kavanagh regarding the death of her son, Matthew Kavanagh “The deepest sympathy is felt with Mrs & Mrs Kavanagh of Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. in the sad …

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Whitchurch Herald 14th December 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 14th December 1918 relating to the death of Richard Sharps “Sharps; On December 3rd in the Military Hospital, Catterick, Yorkshire, Richard Sharps, Royal Garrison Artillery, the youngest son of Mr Richard Sharps, Dairy House, Park …

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Whitchurch Herald 23rd November 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 23rd November 1918 of the death of Harry Jack Venables “Venables: On November 15th at the General East Suffolk Hospital, of Pneumonia, following Influenza, Harry Jack, the dearly loved eldest son of Sarah Jane Venables, …

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Whitchurch Herald 23rd November 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 23rd November 1918 regarding the death of Reginald Arthur Trickett “Guardsman Reginald Arthur Trickett, of the 3rd Grenadiers Guards, the only son of Mr & Mrs Trickett, Belton Road, Whitchurch, owing to uncertainty of his …

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Whitchurch Herald 30th November 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 30th November 1918 relating to the death of Clive Richard Barber “Mr & Mrs Barber, Park Avenue, Whitchurch, have received sad news that their son, Sergeant Clive Richard Barker has died of Influenza at the …

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Whitchurch Herald 14th November 1918

Memorial for Herbert Arthur Dawson in the Whitchurch Herald 14th November 1918 “In Memory; In sacred remembrance of Herbert Arthur (Bertie) second son and dearly beloved son, of Mr & Mrs Dawson of Station Road, Whitchurch He was killed whilst …

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Nantwich Guardian 8 November 1918

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 8 November 1918 regarding the death of Wilfrid Owen “Much sympathy is expressed with Mr. Harry Owen and family in the bereavement which they have sustained by the death from pneumonia of their son, Mr. …

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Whitchurch Herald 2nd November 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 2nd November 1918 relating to the death of The Rev Richard William Dugdale MC CF “Chaplain Reverend Richard William Dugdale, attached to the Norfolk Regiment has been awarded the Military Cross; “He tended the wounded …

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Whitchurch Herald 21st September 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 21st September 1918 relating to the death of John Jackson “Killed in Action on the 21st August 1918, in France, Corporal John Jackson 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Jackson, late …

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Whitchurch Herald 31st August 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 31st August 1918 of a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts regarding the death of their son, Alfred Darlington Roberts “I am exceedingly sorry to have to write to inform you of the death …

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Whitchurch Herald 24th August 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 24th August 1918 of a letter received by Mr and Mrs Smith regarding the death of their son, James Glendenning Smith “Mr & Mrs Anthony Smith of Oddfellows Terrace, Whitchurch, have received news of the …

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Whitchurch Herald 14th July 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 14th July 1918 relating to the death of John Sumner “Mrs Sumner, of 52 Naylor Street, Crewe, has received news that her son, Pte; John Sumner, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry has been presumed dead after …

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Chester Chronicle 13 July 1918

Report in the Chester Chronicle 13 July 1918 regarding the death of John Faulkner “RIFLEMAN FAULKNER KILLED We regret to record the death of Rifleman John Faulkner King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Faulkner of …

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Whitchurch Herald 19th June 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 19th June 1918 of a letter received by Mr and Mrs Heatley regarding the death of their son, Frank Heatley “Dear Mrs Heatley, You will probably be surprised to get a letter from me; I …

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Whitchurch Herald 1st June 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 1st June 1918 of a post card received by Mr. and Mrs. Walford from their son, Edward Walford “Mr & Mrs Walford received a post card from their son, Edward, who is a prisoner of …

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Whitchurch Herald 17th May 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 17th May 1918 relating to Arthur Hughes “Mr & Mrs Hughes, of 39 Claypit Street youngest son Rifleman Arthur Hughes of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps is still missing after a big battle on March …

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Whitchurch Herald 27th April 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 27th April 1918 regarding the death of Robert Hales Ridgway “Mr & Mrs Ridgway of Worthington Street have been informed that their son Robert Hales (Bert) Ridgway, Liverpool Scottish Regiment, has been killed in action …

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Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918 regarding the death of John German Harrison “A Telegram was received by Mr & Mrs Harrison on Thursday informing them that Captain J G Harrison was dangerous ill, this was followed on …

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Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918 of a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. Richards regarding the death of their son, John William Brookes Richards “After being away from the Battalion in Hospital for just two months, I …

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Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918 relating to the death of John William Brookes Richards “On Friday 12th April, Mr & Mrs Richards of Moss Side, Brownlow Street received official notification from the War Office on the death …

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Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918

Memorial for Lt. Samuel Worthington in the Whitchurch Herald 20th April 1918 “In Memory; Lieutenant Samuel Worthington, Royal Horse Artillery of The Mount, Chester Road, Whitchurch, formally of 5 Camden House Road, Kensington, London A Barrister practising in the North …

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Birmingham Daily Post 16 April 1918

Report in the Birmingham Daily Post 16 April 1918 regarding the estate of Samuel Worthington “Lieutenant Samuel Worthington, J.P., of The Mount, Whitchurch, Salop, of 1/1Leicestershire Royal Horse Artillery, left £500 to the Metropolitan Hospital Sunday Fund, £500 to Dr. …

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The Scotsman 16th April 1918

Report in The Scotsman 16 April 1918 regarding the estate of Samuel Worthington “Lieut. Samuel Worthington, R.H.A., of The Mount, Whitchurch, Salop, formerly of Kensington, a barrister practising on the North Wales and Chester Circuit, who was killed in Palestine …

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Chester Chronicle 6 April 1918

Report in the Chester Chronicle 6th April 1918 regarding the death of John Thomas Jones “News was received from the War Office on Saturday that Captain John T. Jones had ‘died on March 28th, information to follow.’ The fact that …

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Whitchurch Herald 8th March 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 8th March 1918 of a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. Vickers regarding the death of their son, George Edmund Vickers “Dear Mr Vickers, I was very grieved to hear that your boy had succumbed …

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Whitchurch Herald 22nd September 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 22nd September 1917 of the death of Leonard Wilson “The sad news was received on Wednesday afternoon that Drummer Wilson had died in Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, after undergoing surgery to amputate a leg. He …

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Sheffield Independent 15 September 1917

Report in the Sheffield Independent 15 September 1917 of entertainment provided for wounded soldiers “An enjoyable entertainment was provided for the wounded soldiers at Wharncliffe (Sheffield) War Hospital by artistes from Lyceum Theatre, Empire and Hippodrome, yesterday. Songs, recitations, and …

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Whitchurch Herald 25th August 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 25th August 1917 of a letter received by Mr and Mrs Richards regarding their son, William Lee Brooks Richards “Dear Mrs Richards, I am very grieved to have to send you news of your son’s …

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Nantwich Guardian 17 August 1917

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 17 August 1917 of the death of Joseph A Williamson “Information has been received that Sergeant Joseph A Williamson, South Lancashire Regiment, son of Mr. George Williamson, for many years proprietor of the Wilbraham’s Arms …

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Whitchurch Herald 30th June 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 30th June 1917 of a letter received by Mrs Chase regarding her husband, Edwin Chase “All the officers and men of his Battalion send you their deepest sympathy. They recognise that they had lost a …

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Whitchurch Herald 19th May 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 19th May 1917 regarding the death of Horace Bruckshaw “Horace Bruckshaw killed in action April 28th 1917. He joined soon after the war began in the Autumn of 1914, and has seen over two years …

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Whitchurch Herald 31st March 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 31st March 1917 regarding the death of Arthur Roberts Letter of condolence sent by his Commanding Officer, Chaplain and Platoon Sgt; “Private Roberts proved himself a good soldier, who will be greatly missed by his …

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Whitchurch Herald 2nd February 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 2nd February 1918 of a letter received by Mr and Mrs Steele regarding the death of their son, Arthur Beech Steele “While out on patrol duties early in the morning of the 22nd January I …

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Chester Chronicle 30 December 1916

Report in the Chester Chronicle 30 December 1916 of the military wedding of John Thomas Jones and Lydia Ann Houghton “On Thursday a quiet wedding was solemnised at the Primitive Methodist Church, Ellesmere Port, the contracting parties being Captain and …

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Chester Chronicle 30th September 1916

Report in the Chester Chronicle 30th September 1916 regarding the deaths of Eric Hanson Lee and his brother John Arthur Lee “Mr. Leonard Lee, who lost his wife only recently, has now sustained a fearfully heavy blow. Both sons have …

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Whitchurch Herald 6th May 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 6th May 1916 on the death of Stanley Victor Newbrook Letter received by Mr & Mrs Newbrook; “It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son Sgt. Stanley Newbrook, …

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Whitchurch Herald 25 March 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald recording the rehabilitation of Arthur Toplady Powell following the amputation of his right arm and his training to write left handed “ Lance Sargeant Arthur T Powell, son of Mrs Powell Talbot Street, who it …

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Whitchurch Herald 25th March 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 25th March 1916 on the death of James Henry Hockenhull Letter received by Mr & Mrs Hockenhull; “He was hit by a busting shell, causing instantaneous death. He was buried in the Church Yard and …

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Nantwich Guardian 8 October 1915

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 8th October 1915 regarding the death of Herbert Bebbington “Mr. Thomas Bebbington, of Nantwich, has been officially informed of the death of his son, Sergeant Herbert Bebbington, 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, in France, …

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Whitchurch Herald 10th July 1915

Sergeant Nunnerley Northumberland Fusiliers was killed with other comrades by the explosion of a big shell, whilst they were charging the Germans. Sgt Nunnerley worked in the Provincial Bank in Hull before enlisting Whitchurch Herald 10th July 1915 …

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Whitchurch Herald June 1915

Report in the Whitchurch Herald June 1915 on the death of John Heycocks “Private John Heycocks son of Mrs Heycocks of Broughall has been reported missing since the 25th May 1915. He joined Kitchener’s Army at the first call for …

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Chester Chronicle 5 June 1915

Report in the Chester Chronicle 5 June 1915 regarding the death of John Turner Clough Hazledine “Second Lieut. John Turner Clough Hazledine, 4th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action on May 9th, was the third son of the …

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Gloucestershire Echo 20 May 1915

Report in the Gloucestershire Echo 20 May 1915 regarding the death of John Turner Clough Hazledine “Second Lieut. John Turner Clough Hazledine, 4th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed in action on May 9, was the third son of the …

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Enlisted January 1915

Whitchurch Herald ARMY SERVICE CORPS Mechanical Transport Drivers – William John Dodsworth & John Henry Williams Horse Transport Transport Drivers – William A. Kilgarriff, Herbert Roberts, John Hayward, William Arthur Dawson, Alfred Fowles, George Fowles, Arthur Chidlow & Thomas Stockton ROYAL …

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Whitchurch Herald 9th January 1915

Telegram received by Mr Field “Lance Corporal J W Field 637, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action December 22nd. He was killed while holding on to his trench to the last, along with his commanding officer Lt. MacAndrews, who also …

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Nantwich Guardian 13 November 1914

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 13 November 1914 of the memorial Service for the late Lieutenant Charlton “A memorial service was held at St. Wenefrede’s Church, Bickley, on Saturday afternoon to Lieutenant St. John Alan Charlton, who was killed in …

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Nantwich Guardian 3 November 1914

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 3 November 1914 of the death of St John Alan Charlton “LIEUT. ST. JOHN CHARLTON KILLED. Mr. St. John Charlton, agent to the Marquess of Cholmondley, received the following wire from the War Office on …

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Nantwich Guardian 30 October 1914

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 30 October 1914 regarding the death of Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley “Capt. Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley, C.M.G., M.V.O. of the Scots Guards, who has been killed in action, was until recently Equerry to the Duke …

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The Scotsman 28 October 1914

Report in The Scotsman 28 October 1914 regarding the death of Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley “SCOTS GUARDS OFFICER KILLED: Captain Thomas Henry Rivers Bulkeley, C.M.G., M.V.O., Scots Guards (killed), was a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Bulkeley, C.B. Educated at Eton, he …

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London Daily News 19 January 1905

Report in the London Daily News 19 January 1905 – “DISTRESSING ICE ACCIDENTS – BOYS’ FATAL RESCUE ATTEMPTS”; a record of the part Walter Maddox played in the attempted rescue of five children in what became known as The Bettisfield …

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