28 January 2009

Harry Bardsley - A Manchester Pal's War

Private Harry Bardsley served with the 18th (3rd City) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. Born on 16th December 1893, Harry was working as a salesman for William Briggs and Co in Manchester when was was declared. He attested on 4th September 1914 (number 9814) and served almost until the end of the war until a bullet in his thigh finished his service in October 1918. By then he'd transferred to the 21st Manchesters.

I interviewed Harry in September 1981 and visited him regularly until his death in November 1982.

I originally published the transcript of that interview below, but I've since moved it to a separate World War 1 Veterans blog. Harry Bardsley's story is now HERE.

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