World War 1 (1914-1918)



Commonwealth War Grave Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.

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WW1 Records at Wigan & Leigh Archives

Great collection of WW1 material.

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Wigan CC - WW1 Memorial

Image of the actual memorial and some brief notes of the fallen men.

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The Earlam Johnson Family

Excellent and well researched work by Graham Taylor. 

Tells of one family's tragic and moving story

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Rev James, Vicar of Haigh, loses 4 sons in WW1.

A very sad story.

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Reproduced from Past Forward magazine April-July 2015

PastForward - WW1 - Wigan Borough Remembers

Commemorative Edition

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Produced by Wigan Museums & Archives Aug-Nov 2014


GM14 - 1st World in Greater Manchester

Fascinating WW1 website with lots of information.

Link to Wigan section

An account on the Zeppelin raid on Wigan

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Zeppelin Raid on Wigan

A few memories and recollections of the bombing.

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Produced from PastForward magazines

Military Tribunals

A couple of articles on the appeals against conscription.

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Produced from PastForward magazines

Three very interesting and poignant stories from Jim Meehan, one of our members, commemorating Remembrance Day  2020.

Brothers in Arms

About two local miners who fought in WW1.

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Wigan Soldier - Story of Survival

About a lad from Swinley who served in WW2.

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Kate's Story

written by Jim's daughter Kate, about a Wigan schools visit to WW1 Battlefields in 2015.

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