Oldham Historical Research Group

'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- Only the monstrous anger of the guns.'
from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen

1914 - 1918

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From 'The Oldham Evening Chronicle' September 4th 1914 (Transcript)

Comforts for our Soldiers.

The Oldham Division of the British Red Cross Society (Comforts section) has sent to Manchester, en route for the front, a first instalment of day shirts, socks and pocket handkerchiefs.

The Central section provided 15 shirts, 33 pairs of socks; Werneth 28 shirts, 42 pairs of socks; Christ Church, Chadderton, 19 shirts, 6 pairs of socks; Coldhurst 42 shirts, 24 pairs of socks; Waterhead 14 shirts, 30 pairs of socks, 12 handkerchiefs; Shaw and High Crompton nine dozen handkerchiefs.

A number of vests and pants and knitted body belts, mufflers, helmets, bed and surgical socks, nightshirts and pullovers have also been received and will be sent off when required by headquarters in London."

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