This website tells the stories of the men whose medals are on display at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment.
The Museum was originally formed in May 1936 at the Regimental Depot and Headquarters, Ladysmith Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne. Following the outbreak of war in 1939 the museum was closed and its contents safely housed in Wales. The collection returned to the barracks in 1948, but with subsequent changes, both military and political, it was not until 1987 that the collection found its permanent home, back in Ashton-under-Lyne and in the care of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.
An extremely important part of the collection has always been that of the medals. Their possession within the collection is a reminder of the achievements of the Manchester Regiment and its forebears during its proud two-hundred years of service to Crown and Country. Not only do they help to recall a particular war, campaign or action but help to keep alive the memory of a particular man or an outstanding act of gallantry.
Although the Manchester Regiment is no more, these medals serve as a permanent reminder of the outstanding but often forgotten deeds of our ancestors, such as:
- The capture of the French West Indian Islands.
- The wars against revolutionary France.
- The battlefields of the Crimea.
- Their presence at the founding of Australia and New Zealand.
- The heroic defence of Ladysmith in the Anglo/Boer War.
- The retreat from Mons by the 'Contemptible Little Army'.
- The long campaigns in Italy and Burma during WWII.
The museum provides a permanent and secure home for the medals of its soldiers and it is here that their families and friends are able to view the medals of their loved ones, knowing that they will be safe and secure for the benefit of generations still to come.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, access to the lives and deeds of individual soldiers has been made available for the first time in the shape of these superbly researched volumes. We are indeed most grateful.
Captain Robert Bonner MA
Chairman of the Museum of the Manchester Regiment Advisory Committee