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Remembering 2nd Lieutenant James Greenhalgh, 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment

02 Feb 2015

Killed on Thursday, 22 October 1914 at Violaines, age 25

In August, the University published a special website, World War 1 Centenary, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War.

During the next four years, the website will pay a monthly tribute to a student or member of staff who lost their lives in WW1, 100 years after they died.

2nd Lieutenant James Arthur Greenhalgh, who was born on 5 May 1889 at Timperley. He was educated at St. George the Martyr’s School and the Bolton Church Institute. He entered Manchester University in 1907, prior to which he was a student teacher at St. James’ School, Gorton. He gained a BA in 1910 and in 1912 an M.A. in Phiology. He was a member of the Officer Training Corps from November 1908 to September 1911.

After leaving the University, James was a Classics Master at Lord William’s Grammar School, Thame, Oxfordshire for two years and then took up an appointment at Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School. He also gained the French Language Certificate of Rouen. Just before the outbreak of war he became Secretary of the International Textile Institute (Manchester) after successfully completing part of the Bachelor of Commerce course.

Although the University has basic biographical details for all of the fallen, their wider stories have often been lost. If you have any documents or images relating to the part played in WW1 by former students, members of staff or the University itself, please contact: