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Letter from P. Wilson 1914

 Postcard from William Unsworth 1915

Letter From Harry Potter 1915

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 Letter from Private P. Wilson 2nd Connaught Rangers to F. B Conway Railway Road, Leigh from the Royal Herbert Hospital Woolwich September 1914

 I am in hospital in Woolwich badly wounded in the shoulder and back and am in a very weak condition. We have had a terrible time of it this last six weeks in France. We have been under shell fire all the time. I have been travelling for ten days before I reached the hospital. There were 500 (Connaught Rangers) of us went into action and after the first fight they could only find 23 the remainder had been killed or wounded. We got within 200 yards of the Germans and a terrible battle followed. I cannot explain it to you – it was worse than hell. The shells fell round us like rain. I knew our fate was serious. My shoulder blade was fractures and I have been operated on, but without success. I am getting weaker every day. they are giving furlongs to the men who have been wounded and got well again, so I thought perhaps you would let me go down to your home before I go back to France again, just to see you once more, because, you know I might never see you again.

  1. Wilson

 Dardinelles 1915

A postcard was received from William Unsworth 15 Sandy Lane Lowton on Sunday morning stating that he had been wounded and was in hospital. It is not expected that his wound is serious but the letter that follows is eagerly awaited. Pte Unsworth is the soldier who broke the sad news of casualties among the Lowton lads and is a brother of Lance Corporal Unsworth who was reported to have been recommended for a DCM for rescuing his officer Lieutenant Johnson after he had been wounded

Dardinelles 1915

Writing to his mother at Hindley Street Plank Lane Harry Potter of the Leigh Territorial’s 5th Manchester Regiment who lived at Lowton said he had not had a wash or a change for a long time. They had been in the trenches and had to climb over the bodies of dead Turks who had been lying about the ground between the trenches and that the stench was awful. They were hard up for writing paper and were in the pink. He stated that he had heard that Bob Hesford, Kay and A Webb of Lowton had been killed and that G. Unsworth of Bickershaw who were all in the local “Terriers” had been slightly wounded and that he was the only one of three from Lowton who are at the Dardanelle’s to have come through unscathed.