Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Go Online to Search for Heroes of the Great War ; to Mark the Centenary of the Beginning of the First World War, the M.E.N. Has Created an Online Gadget . with Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to Enable You to Search War Dead Records

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Go Online to Search for Heroes of the Great War ; to Mark the Centenary of the Beginning of the First World War, the M.E.N. Has Created an Online Gadget . with Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to Enable You to Search War Dead Records

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HE Manchester Evening News is marking the centenary of the official start of World War One by launching a gadget to search the records of war dead.

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the event that sparked the Great War. On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, effectively beginning the first truly global war.

In the four years which followed more than 16 million people lost their lives in what was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

And 23,792 of those recorded deaths were people from Greater Manchester.

The first of those to be killed from the region was Charles Routledge, from Andrew Street in Higher Openshaw.

Charles, the foster son of Betsy Parker, died on August 6, 1914.

The last recorded death in the conflict from Greater Manchester was James Isherwood Bolton, of Belmont Road, Astley Bridge. He lost his life on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. …

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