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Prescot Reporter Archives (WW1 related)

David Lea

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Good Morning

I'm researching my wife's 2 x Gt Uncle who was killed during WW1.

His name was Henry (Harry) Travers b.20/03/1875 at Rainhill. He joined the 2/10th Kings Liverpool Regiment (Pte 357722) and was killed in action on 28th April 1917.

I know it was quite commonplace for there to be a short entry in the local newspaper to report the death of those killed and I've had quite a lot of success in finding photos / additional info regarding other relatives who were killed in action by tracing the newspapers in which it was reported.

I was wondering if the death of a Rainhill lad would have been reported in the 'Prescot Reporter' or was there another local newspaper that may have carried the news?

Where can the archives for the Prescot Reporter be accessed? Will it be St Helens Library? Does anyone know if the newspaper archives (particularly the WW1 related entries) have been indexed making searches that much easier?

I'm obviously keen to find out as much as I can about Harry and ideally get a photo if possible.

Many thanks in anticipation and kind regards




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Thanks jvy20 and hiss.. yes, I've seen these entries and collected quite a lot of info on Harry (and his Travers relatives) but as yet, I haven't been able to find a photo of him, hence my interest in any possible newspaper article that may exist.

It's great that the websites like the ones you refer to have done such a good job in remembering our fallen.




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Henry would have attested for military service around November 1915 but the 2/10th only went overseas on 2nd February 1917.

He would have originally had a four digit service number but was allocated 357722 in the Territorial Force renumbering of February 1917

A family notice appeared in the Liverpool Echo on 8th May 1917 but no picture, I'm afraid



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If you let me have an email address, I can send you the relevant Echo article. You can contact me via my website (see footer) if you prefer

The Reporter would report on deaths if and when advised by the family. In my research, the items in the paper are usually of the type "Mr & Mrs Bloggs have now been officially informed.." and the only way that the newspapers would have that information would be from the family. 

Official lists would have simply listed the surname, initial, number and (occasionally) the home town of men who had been listed as wounded, missing, taken prisoner of killed/died of wounds but without any associated narrative or picture


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