Poignant display commemorates Oldham men killed at Passchendaele

TO COMMEMORATE the Battle of Passchendaele, Oldham Local Studies and Archives is hosting a display featuring men from Oldham and District who were killed during the battle.

Saddleworth’s soldiers are remembered on the war memorial at Pots and Pans

Photographs of many of those killed in the First World War campaign from July to November 1917, together with short obituaries, appeared in the Oldham Chronicle and Oldham Standard newspapers.

Those photographs – plus items from the archives – have been used as a basis for the display.

Oldham Local Studies and Archives has identified more than 450 men from Oldham and District who were killed during the Battle of Passchendaele.

These include William Holden Hall of Dryclough Royton, educated at Hulme Grammar School and later a barrister; Joseph Franklin Kershaw, an artist who exhibited at the Gallery in the old library and at the Royal Academy in London; and Thomas Owen Jones who played for Oldham Rugby League Football Club.

In addition to the display a commemorative file has been created containing as much information as possible of all those killed during the battle.

For further information contact Oldham Local Studies and Archives at 84 Union Street, Oldham, telephone: 0161 770 4654; e-mail: archives@oldham.gov.uk


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