Visiting Stretford Cemetery to see the burials of two Manchester Regiment men who are awaiting adjudication for War Grave status. This is the 101st Anniversary of Joseph Dykes death.
Private 3608 Oliver Gelder Hinchlife was a veteran of the Mounted Infantry Company of 4th Volunteer Battalion when he enlisted in 3rd Manchesters in November 1914. He served in France with 2nd Battalion and was discharged on 29 June 1916.
Oliver Hinchliffe died from TB attributed to service on 12 October 1916. We anticipate a new CWGC headstone will be erected on his burial plot.
Private 24566 Joseph Dykes had previously served 16 years in the Queens Lancers when he enlisted as a Bandsman in 1st Manchesters Depot at Ashton on 10 May 1915. Solely serving at home, Bandsman Dykes was discharged on 20 January 1917.
Joseph Dykes died from Fibroid Pneumonia commencing in and aggravated by service. His daughter, May Dykes married Maurice Barry in 1932. Maurice died after serving in the Second World War and has a CWGC headstone in front of his father in laws plot.
For further details of the Forgotten Battalion of the Manchester Regiment see:-