Earlestown War Memorial
The Great War Roll of Honour
It is intended to use this section to provide items either about the First World War or about Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown which are not readily available elsewhere. This can then be used by teachers, researchers, family historians or anyone else who may have an interest in these topics.
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The Newton and Earlestown Guardian often published letters or articles about the Great War. This list covers many aspects of the War:
Three lists of recruits from Newton and Earlestown were published. (The scans of these lists have been left large so they can be easily read. They may take some time to load.)
The first, published on 23rd October 1914 covered the period from August 16th to October 16th 1914.
The second, published in two parts on 15th January 1915 and 22nd January 1915 covered the period from October 16th 1914 to January 12th 1915.
The third list published on 21st May 1915 covered the period from January 13th to May 17th 1915.
A list of local men who were awarded decorations whilst on active service during the War.
An attempt by a five year old boy to enlist for the army.
A poem entitled "A Mesopotamia Alphabet".
An account of an anti-German riot in Earlestown.
A letter from Bert Abey, probably the brother of Reginald Abey.
A letter from Sam Pierce, including a reference to Joe Betts.
An article about Douglas Tempest and Donald McGill from the "Picture Postcard Annual 1996",
A chapter about the Great War from "Nellie Carbis looks back - Recollections of a childhood spent in Newton-le-Willows."
"Soldiers Died in the Great War" gives the names of 88 soldiers connected with the area who are not on the Town Hall Memorial:
15 soldiers who are recorded as being resident in Newton-le-Willows.
16 other soldiers who are recorded as having been born in Newton-le-Willows.
10 other soldiers who are recorded as having enlisted in Newton-le-Willows.
8 soldiers who are recorded as being resident in Earlestown.
39 other soldiers who are recorded as having been born in Earlestown.
An extract from a book published in 1930 giving details of the war graves from the Great War in the Newton area.
An extract from a BBC Radio4 "Making History" programme about a scheme run by the YMCA to take photographs of people in Britain to send to soldiers at the front or who were prisoners of war.
A sixth-form A-level essay about the war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
On a lighter note, here is a video clip from the Two Ronnies about life in the trenches.