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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 20: November 2017


In early April 1918 Ludendorff launched his "Georgette" offensive and the soldier in the grave shown on the frontispiece died countering the German attack.  His story, together with that of Lieut. Col. Egerton Fairclough and the motto on the grave is the first article in the Despatch.  Separate, there is a tale written by Brigadier General Kentish …

11 April 1918 : Pte Jack Whiteley


Youngest of five children and of three boys: William and Allen and then Jack.  Parents, Fenton (a foreman at a woollen cloth manufacturer) and Ann Elizabeth (née Relsish), at the time of her son’s death his mother was living at 273 Scout Hill, Dewsbury. At the 1911 Census, the family of seven lived in a 4 roomed dwelling in Ravensthorpe. Jack's…

The Battle of the Lys April 1918 by Phil Tomaselli and Branch AGM


Branch AGM followed by The Battle of the Lys April 1918 by Phil Tomaselli Our April meeting will be held in Cobham and we will continue to stream on the Zoom platform for those who prefer to join us online. The April meeting is the Branch Annual General Meeting.  This will be followed by the talk for April: The Battle of the Lys April 1918 by Phi…