The records published here are the most complete roll of the original contingent of the 24th Battalion Manchester Regiment. They will usually tell you the following about your ancestors:
The battalion was formed in Oldham on 24 October 1914 and was placed under the command of the 91st Infantry Brigade in the 30th Division in April 1915. The brigade was, therefore, a pure Manchester brigade. The other three battalions in the brigade were the 20th, 21st and 22nd battalions of the Manchester Regiment.
In November 1915 the battalion sailed for France. The majority of the men arrived in France on 8 and 9 November 1915 so they qualified for the 1914/15 Star. On 20 December 1915 the entire 90th Infantry Brigade was transferred to the regular 7th Division and in May 1916 the battalion was converted into a pioneer battalion.
Information published in The Oldham Battalion of Comrades - Book of Honour in 1920 is at the heart of these records. This followed the format of the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, published in 1916, listing men by platoon and company and publishing photos of platoons. Separate photos of non- commissioned officers, officers and the bugle band were also published.
Please note that the compilers did not provide a key to the photographs to identify the individual soldiers. The lists and photographs do, however, place the individual in the context of the group of men he served alongside. There is no indication of when the photos were taken, although this must have been before April 1915 as at least two of the men photographed had been discharged due to sickness by March that year.
As with the Manchester Pals photos, some officers, NCOs and buglers may be linked to two or more lists and/or photographs, since each was photographed in more than one context. Other sources used in the construction of these records include WWI service and pension records, medal index cards, Soldiers Died in The Great War war, Officers Died in The Great War, and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Roll of Honour.