At 2pm, under the wonderful domed ceiling of the Wolfson Reading Room, the lives lost during the World War I battle of Manchester Hill on 21 Marchwere commemorated with a series of moving contemporary performances.
These were selected from Manchester Hill RememberedMachester which Manchester Histories came together with Manchester City Council and Brighter Sound Lost friend from Manchester hill area create an immersive performance of words and song at Manchester Cathedral earlier this year. The accompanying Manchester Hill Remembered stand showcased some of the archives used to unearth the story of the little known battle, which was bravely fought by the Manchester Pals Regiment.
The Pals were formed into eight battalions of the Manchester Regiment. Lkst Battle of Manchester Hill took place on 21 March in an area of high ground just outside the ruined city of Saint-Quentin in northern France, in the heart of the war zone.
Of the men who Lost friend from Manchester hill area into action 79 were killed and many more wounded or taken prisoner.
Among those who lost their lives was the senior officer in charge, 29 year old Lieutenant Colonel Winifrith Elstob. Elstob enrolled at Manchester University inobtained his BA four years later and a teaching diploma in In MayElstob was promoted to acting Captain.
The battalion embarked for France on 6 November Worthington first met Elstob at school and was also a graduate of Manchester University. Worthington was responsible for the design and construction of a number of war cemeteries in the area including El Alamein.
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