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« on: August 29, 2008, 06:52:04 AM »

Could any foum member tell me what was the position regading coal miners during WW1, all my grandmothers brothers were miners at Agecroft or Pendlebury Pits. Would they have served in the forces or been restricted to the mines.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008, 07:06:26 AM »

a lot of miners signed up at the start of the war and were enlisted into the army, however when it was realised that it was a mistake and coal was running out, some were brought back to the UK to service the mines

the 5th battalion certainly had it's share of miners
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 09:31:12 AM »

Thanks Chris for your information,
My grandmother Maria Willetts had six brothers , is there anyway that I could find out if anyone with the surname Willetts from Salford area served in the Manchester Regiment in WW1.

Thanks Dave.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2008, 05:02:51 PM »

pte 4249 edward willetts
lancs fusiliers
enlisted 26-8-14
aged 23
19 franklin st,pendleton
wife,emma,jane,married on 4-6-16
children,annie.1-4-17 and edward.25-5-18
worked at the windsor motor garage,salford
born 14-4-1890 at bilston,staffs
religion CofE
parents richard[deceased]and ellen.288 whit lane,salford
brothers.richard,samuel,thomas,joseph, william and james
sister.maria
discharged feb 1916 then re-enlisted as pte 172895 ASC
disembarked in france.18-7-16 till 20-12-16
discharged march 1917,re-enlisted 28-11-17. as pte 348913 RASC.348th MT coy
returned to france on 1-5-18 till jan 1919
classZ 22-6-19
cause of his discharge was chronic bronchitis
hospitals treated in.
petit saus hospital,dunkirk
50th gen hospital,bolougne
1st convalescent depot,bolougne
newton abbott hospital 22-1-19 till 26-2-19.

driver 260779 thomas willetts
RFA.No2 depot,berrisfield camp,C.battery,No2 reserve brigade,[TF]
enlisted 10-12-15
aged 22yrs,10months
13 albion st,pendlebury
married miss sarah,jane cooper at st.peters church,swinton, on 13-1-17
daughter edna,born 15-6-17
religion.CofE
colliery haulage hand at agecroft colliery for andrew knowles+son,Ltd
classZ 14-12-18
served on home service only

dave,your nan had 7 brothers not 6
william
james
richard
samuel
thomas
edward
joseph

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2008, 11:02:25 AM »

Mack.
Thank you very much for the information you have given me.
Edward must have been quite a brave guy re-enlisting twice after being discharged on medical grounds.

Cheers Dave.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2008, 07:07:34 PM »

Mack.
Thank you very much for the information you have given me.
Edward must have been quite a brave guy re-enlisting twice after being discharged on medical grounds.

Cheers Dave.
hiya dave.
theres a service record for both of them,ime sure one of the gang will download them for you.
post a request on our ancestry catagory

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