World War One Biographies

Introduction to the World War One Biographies

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Edgworth, Chapeltown and Entwistle are villages on the West Pennine moors, Lancashire, close to the towns of Bolton, Blackburn and Bury; with a past based on the cotton industry.

The Barlow is at the centre of Edgworth and was built for the village in 1909 by Sir Thomas Barlow. On the landing is a case containing 144 fading sepia photographs of men from the area who took part in World War 1. For many years people have passed by and wondered briefly who they were and what happened to them. The idea was conceived to attempt to discover something about these men and a grant was obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this and other commemorative events.  A group of researchers set out to unravel the stories behind the photographs. Eventually, the tally of names researched reached almost 300.

We used census information and military records to show that these men were not just names or military numbers, but individuals with jobs and families. By reading the biographies, a picture emerges of the loss and heartbreak caused by the war.

We welcome additional information and the biographies will be updated as more comes to light. (Contact details are below).  Browse the biographies via the link below, or search by Surname, Regiment, date of death in the search box above.

These stories are a lasting memorial to the sacrifices made by the men and their families – those who survived and those who did not.

Linda Spencer

Co-ordinator, Research Group

For a list of names of Researchers who took part, please see the link below to “Acknowledgements”


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I believe that one of the comforts to us all out here is that we know we shall always be honoured in the old village.

Gerald Ainsworth, died Ypres Salient: 27th March 1918