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First World War Collections

Elizabeth Anderson's Photograph Album

Elizabeth Anderson was an active suffragette before 1914.  After the outbreak of war, Elizabeth helped to set up the Bolton branch of the Women's Relief Corps. The photograph album records the wartime activities of the Relief Corps.

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The Zeppelin Raid

On Monday 25th of September 1916 Bolton came under attack from a German Zeppelin airship. 13 people died as a result of the bombing and many buildings were damaged.

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Keepsakes from the Front

Soldiers often sent letters, postcards and other mementoes from the front lines to loved ones back home. Sometimes these keepsakes were particularly unique.

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Postcards of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division

This is a collection of photographs of Signallers attached to the 55th (West Lancashire) Division. The Division saw action at the Battle of the Somme, the Third Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Cambrai and the Battle of Estaires.

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