|Joseph Thomas and men of the 2nd City Battalion 1914-1915|
The postcard comes from the collection of David Harrop and was one of a number I have been looking at.*
What caught my attention was that it was sent to Henry Thomas who lived at number 6 Fairhaven Avenue and was sent in the March of 1916.
|Cooper Street, circa 1900|
These pre date 1832 and were once the property of Mr Brownhill who had been the wheelwright for the township.
That in itself was a fascinating link with our past but the postcard and its message drew me even deeper into the history of Chorlton.
It was from Joseph Thomas who was Henry's brother thanking him for the letter and Postal Order which “I was glad to receive [as] I was getting rather hard up” and announced that he was coming “home as usual on Saturday 2.15 at Victoria,” adding “send a pc if you are meeting me.”
|17th Platoon, E Company 2nd City Battalion, 17th Manchester's 1914-16|
The building has long gone but it faced the Town Hall close to where the Cenotaph now stands.
Sadly his army records no longer exist but I know he enlisted in the 17th Manchester’s at the outbreak of the war and was stationed at Heaton Park before leaving for France in the November of 1915.
In time I will track his movements and the battles he fought in.
Sadly Joseph was killed on August 1 1917.
Picture, postcard dated, March 22 1916, and E Company 17th Service Battalion, the 2nd City Battalion, Manchester Regiment, from Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, from the collection of David Harrop, detail of 19 Cooper Street, 1900 from Goads Insurance Map, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/
*David Harrop, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/David%20Harrop