Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The 'Angel' of the Meadow

We’ve provided various stories in the last few weeks about some of our fallen heroes in World War One. This week we’re turning away from the battlefields of France and Flanders, back to the city of Manchester to honour the passing of a highly influential individual, who had many dealings with the Refuges over the years, Thomas (Tommy) Johnson.

Thomas (Tommy) Johnson

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Your King and Country Need You!

On the 11th August 1914, the now famous ‘Your King and Country Need You’ slogan was published, calling for 100,000 men to join Lord Kitchener’s new army. The call was answered within two weeks. Amongst them was Brian Crossley. 

Your King and Country Needs You © IWM (Art.IWM PST 0581)

Monday, 11 August 2014

The role of Canada in the War

Last week’s post concentrated on Harold, a boy brought up from a young age in the care of the Manchester Refuges and worked as a draper in Liverpool. When he enlisted at the beginning of the Great War he fought within the Lancashire Fusilliers regiment, for the country in which he had been born and raised. Many of the other boys on our honours list did the same thing. Some however fought despite having been out of the country for many years. 

Postcard - Canadian Royal Field Artillery

Monday, 4 August 2014

England enter the War

One hundred years ago today on the 4th August 1914, England declared war on Germany, subsequently becoming a major player in what became known as World War One. Over 400 men associated with the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes fought in the War. The charity has now produced a roll of honour on its website to commemorate these men. 

Together Trust Roll of Honour, 1914-1918