Friday, 5 August 2016

The continuing project to honour the employees of the Manchester Corporation Tramways ........ World War 1 centenary by Martin Logan

Exactly 100 years ago the Battle of the Somme is still being fought in Northern France. The Great War has been going on for 2 years and the troops are fast approaching their third Christmas in the trenches..

John Gorman
When Great Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914 thousands of men rushed to join the colours as they feared it would be over by Christmas.

The employees of Manchester Corporation Tramways (MCT) were no exception and many joined the early rush to take part in what they believed would be a great adventure.

The following MCT employees were the first to die in 1914 in the retreat from Mons and the Battle of Le Cateau;

Thomas Brownhill – Guard with MCT - 42, Oliver Street Bradford Manchester.
9903 Corporal 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 26/08/1914 – Esnes Communal Cemetary

E. Fitton – Driver with MCT -  born Bury and resided in Rusholme Manchester.
9362 Private 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 26/08/1914 – Esnes Communal Cemetery

John Gorman  - Guard with MCT – Husband of Alice Gorman of 220 Tipping Street Ardwick Manchester
9320 Private 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Died 26/08/1914 – La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

Albert McCluskey – Guard with MCT – Born Stewartstown Co Tyrone, resided Winsford Cheshire
9413 Private 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Died 26/08/1914 – Le Cateau Military Cemetery

Joseph McNamara – Guard with MCT – born Hulme and resided in Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester
8016 Lance Corporal 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Died 26/08/1914 – La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

Their great adventure had ended sooner than they thought and they would never see another Christmas
Lest we Forget

Please contact me martin.logan@btinternet.com / 07985490124

© Martin Logan - August 2016

Location; Manchester

Picture; John Gorman, date unknown, from the collection of Martin Longan

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