The First World War


Walter Vose Wright from Kitchener Street 1915
Letters from Walter with transcripts
D19 Hut Summerdowm Camp Eastbourne 30.06.15

My Dear Mother,
I received your letter quite safe on Monday. The reason I did not take my cap off is because my hair was close cut in the place where I got hit and is not yet grew. I may also say that I have not got any fatter, but am feeling well at present, only my leg is a little weak yet. I will let you know when I will be coming home we are all dressed in blue suits not khaki and think we look like a lot of convicts. We are having sports today, in fact we have them everyweek you may send me the Reporter please and a couple of handerchiefs. Don't bother about me coming home the sooner I come home the sooner I go back to the front. When they say we are fit here we go home for seven days furlough come back her and a xxxxx a draft for the front. I am glad to hear that J. Bold is coming home for he must be fed up as well as the rest. I am going through a course of massage for the muscles of my leg. I dont think there is any more so I will close. With love

So good afternoon from your loving son Walter.
Cpl. W. Wright 4th Batt S.L.R A.Coy 4 Hut No. 3 Northcamp Oswestry

My Dear Father,
Very many thanks for your ever welcome letter and also the P.O which you kindly sent me. I received it yesterday friday. Glad to hear you are quite well and I am in the pink at present. I put in an application for leave at New Year and I hope to get it while you are getting home. We got our extra pay this week but it is not much more for me while I only get paid for one stripe and there is no second class proficiency pay for corpls and I may have to pay my own allowance to mother out of my wages, as they say the government don't make any allownace, so I want to get home to fix that up also. Well dad I hope we both have the best of luck with our passes. I must close now with fondest love to you

From your everloving son Walter xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Walter went back to the front and was killed in 1918


Surrounded by family and friends and enveloped in love, retired St Helens
shopkeeper Mrs Margaret McGovern became "a queen" for a day when she
celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday.
Her doting family filled her Newtown home with flowers and cards, and more
than 100 guests visited during the day to share her birthday party.
But the celebrations were shared across the globe when family arrived from
Canada and Yorkshire, and cards were received Australia, South Africa and
"It's her special day and she is being treeted like a queen.We all love her
so much" said one guest.
Mrs McGovern (nee Graney)was born in the Sacred Heart Parish, living in
Eccleston St and later St Thomas'Street.
At the age of 16, she set up a fishmongering business in Liverpool Rd and
was a founder member of St Theresa's, Newtown,around 1896 (now the old
church hall). She then ran a hardware business in Liverpool Rd before
moving to Newtown, establishing a general store.
She married her husband, a miner who died in 1957,at Sacred Heart Church
and the couple raised four children and four great grandchildren.
A member of the former Wardens Club, Boundary Rd, where she has many
friends, Mrs McGovern enjoyed dancing, especially Irish dances.The highlight
was winning an eight-some reel with former Councillor Frank McCormack.
Today she enjoys reading,writing letters,plants and watching sport on
The charismatic centenarian said: "I feel very happy and excited and I am
thankful to all my friends and family.They are the best in the world".
The celebrations were a far cry from her 90th birthday which she spent in
hospital. She had broken her leg while gardening and lay helpless until a
neighbour rescued her.She says her recipe for a long life are the
"three P's" "pills Patience and Prayers....a good doctor, good priest,good
home helps and family".

Mrs Mcgovern from Kitchener Street celebrating her
hundredth birthday with friends. Mrs Mcgovern had the
shop on the corner of Kitchener Street and Rodney Street.
The shop closed in 1955 but Mrs Mcgovern lived there
until she died aged 103.

Joe and Sarah Wainwright from Boundary Road about 1950.

Joe Wainwright about 1960

The Wembley trip from North and South Eccleston Labour Club in 1961.

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