FindMyPast have just put two sets of data concerning Oldham WW1 Army Records so if you have family from this area then these will be worth a look.
The first dataset is Oldham Employer’s Roll of Honour 1914 – 1920 and consists of 1,900+ men who enlisted to fight in WW1 and who were employed by companies in the Oldham area. In the patriotic fervour of the time they can have had little idea of what lay ahead and that so many of these young men would not return home.
The information varies depending on the individual rolls, some simply gave surname and initial whilst others recorded full name rank & regimental details. The regimental number is often included and this is vital evidence which can lead onto medal cards and army records.
The second dataset is Oldham Pals 1914 – 1920. The Oldham Pals were the 24th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. In WW1 it was not uncommon for groups of men from one area to join a single battalion so that they could go off to war with their friends and neighbours. Whilst it can be seen that this may have been of comfort to the men it meant that if a battalion received heavy loss of life in battle then the area where they came from could be devastated by the loss of so many of their young men. In WW2 this was not allowed to happen.
The records contain the following information …
Date arrived overseas
Details of any transfers
Whether killed in action or died of wounds (this can help when trying to trace grave sites)
Details of awards
The datasets were provided by the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society.