26 July 2012

New records for Oldham on FMP

Findmypast.co.uk have published Oldham Employers' Roll of Honour 1914-1920 and Oldham Pals 1914-1920.

Oldham Employers' Roll of Honour 1914-1920 contains 1,900 men who had enlisted in His Majesty's Armed Forces and who were employed by companies in and around Oldham. Some rolls include full name details as well as rank, regimental number, regiment, battalion, company and even platoon and section. Other men are listed simply by last name and initial.

Oldham Pals 1914-1920 has 1,755 records of men, by platoon, who joined the 'Oldham Pals' battalion in WWI: the 24th (Service) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. The information normally available is:

First names, rather than initials
Date the man arrived overseas
Details of subsequent transfers
Details of whether the man was killed in action or died of wounds
Details of awards

With many WW1 service files having been destroyed this type of records is especially valuable.

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