Manchester City Council

Libraries First World War archives

Rolls of honour and battalions

Free access to Ancestry and findmypast is available at any of our libraries.

National Rolls of Honour

In 1919, the National Publishing Company sought to publish a brief biography of as many of those participating in the First World War as possible. All 14 volumes of the National Roll of Honour are available on Ancestry.

Volumes available on the 'Spinning the Web' include:

  • Manchester - search for Manchester National Roll of Honour and the surname
  • Salford - search for Salford National Roll of Honour and the surname.

Resources available on findmypast:

  • Manchester Roll of Honour - includes 63,000 names in a listing of companies and the men working for them who served in some capacity during WWI. The Rolls of Honour lists men who enlisted in the Army and Royal Navy and mostly relate to companies in and around the city. There is a significant number from Yorkshire and a few from Cheshire and Derbyshire.
  • Army Roll of Honour - World War II
  • Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, 1916

Manchester City Battalions

Findmypast also contains around 11,000 records of men who served with the:

  • so-called 'Manchester Pals' battalions: the 16th (Service) Battalion
  • Manchester Regiment to the 23rd (Service) Battalion
  • Manchester Regiment (inclusive)

Records are arranged by battalion, company, then platoon, it includes photographs of each platoon. It also includes rolls of honour for Manchester Corporation and local firms.

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