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New War Memorial Unveiled

22 October 2022

On Monday 17 October 2022, Warrant Officer Rodney Wallace of the Royal Australian Air Force unveiled a new war memorial in Walton Park, Sale to commemorate the crew of a Wellington Bomber, which crashed in the park in 1943. The memorial, a granite plinth, with a polished marble panel, was installed largely as the result of the efforts of George Cogswell, a local historian and a member of this society.

The air crew of the bomber were five members of the Royal Australian Air Force and one member of the Royal Air Force.

BBC is 100 Years Old

17 October 2022

 

Please Tune Your Radio Sets… It is 1922 and the BBC is coming to a set near you…

Happy anniversary to the BBC[i]! Now, readers[ii], if you wouldn’t mind just moving a comfortable chair next to your radio set and ensuring that you can tune in easily and quickly to 400, 425 and 450 metres, ask your wife to be sure to have dinner ready early and have the children settled so that you and your family will not be interrupted during this inaugural broadcast.

Stalybridge War Memorial

03 November 2021

For many families 1921 was a year of mixed blessings; there was the relief of a slow return to 'normal' life in peacetime, but there were also decisions to be made about remembering the menfolk who did not return from the war. 

1921 Census: Oh No It Isn't!

30 September 2021

What did we do to entertain the family at Christmas a century ago? We went to the pantomime of course, just like today - Same titles, plot lines, same jokes!

1921 Census: The Two George Formbys

20 September 2021

Or was it more? We all think we know George Formby, but his father was a singer and comedian too, and had his imitators. Find out more about George's family background.

1921 Census: Manchester Cumann na mBan

06 September 2021

Cumann na mBan (Irishwomen’s Council) was formed by a group of Irish women in Dublin in April 1914, “…to organise Irishwomen to advance the cause of Irish liberty and to assist in arming and equipping a body of Irishmen for the defence of Ireland”.

1921 Census - Dick, Kerr Ladies (Part 2)

02 August 2021

Dick, Kerr Ladies

In Part 1 we learned about the team. Read on for some biographical information about members of the team.

1921 Census - Dick, Kerr Ladies (Part 1)

02 August 2021

Dick, Kerr Ladies

Women's football is now an increasingly popular sport, but in 1921 it was a controversial issue. The Dick, Kerr ladies football team were trailblazers ahead of their time.