Hello I traced my great uncle Walter Brough who’s name was on the roll of honour in the Acension Church in Lower Broughton. The church was burnt down the other year.Will the roll of honour be created again in another church or on a stone memorial?
Good Morning Could anyone help me in obtaining any additional information about Walter Brough from Broughton. Walter was killed in action 07/061917 and is buried at the Irish House Cemetery. Would Walter, have had to enlist in Ireland ? or was it possible that he could have enlisted in Manchester? I am curious as to why the he would of chosen the Royal Irish Rifles, I know his grandfather also called Walter was from Ireland I don’t know what part. I would love to see any paperwork or just about anything about him. I would appreciate anything that I can add to the very little information I have already.
I heard that there were plans to rebuild the church, and hopefully the memorial, quite soon after the fire. Unfortunately I have not heard anything since. You could try contacting Canon David Wyatt for an update (Google him).
I can give you the following information on Walter Brough.
Information from CWGC Lance Corporal BROUGH, W Service Number 3053 Died 07/06/1917 7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles Buried at IRISH HOUSE CEMETERY
From Soldiers Died Great War Name: Walter Brough Birth Place: Broughton, Lancs Death Date: 7 Jun 1917 Death Place: France and Flanders Enlistment Place: Salford, Lancs Rank: Rifleman Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles Battalion: 7th Battalion Regimental Number: 3053 Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
I have put his place of enlistment in bold as this answers one of your questions. He may have chose the Irish Regiment as he still felt an affinity through his family connections with Ireland.
His medal index card tells us that he arrived in France/Belgium after the 31/12/1915 as he was not entitled to the 1914/15 Star. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.
The 1901 census shows Walter Brough the son of Walter and Hannah, aged 4, living at 203 Lower Broughton Rd, Lower Broughton (The Ascension). In the 1911 census he is shown as living at 7 Trentham St, Pendleton, Salford, with his parents Walter and Hannah, and siblings, Susannah and James.
No service record exists on Ancestry - approx 60% of records were destroyed by fire during WW2. I have checked the local newspapers and I am sorry to report that I can not find any known articles mentioning his death.