Exhibitions remember Oldham’s Victoria Cross heroes of the First World War

24 August 2015 | Kate Clements

Oldham Council is commemorating the borough’s heroes of the First World War with two new touring exhibitions.

The displays recognise the bravery of local Victoria Cross holders and the ‘Oldham Pals’.

Volunteers have worked over the past few months to gather information about the soldiers and now their work will be seen by residents across the borough.

The exhibition ‘Oldham’s Victoria Crosses’ tells the story of three men, Thomas Steele, Walter Mills and John Hogan, who were all awarded the highest military decoration for their bravery in battle.

The second exhibition, ‘The Oldham Pals’, remembers the legacy of the 24th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

It explores the service of the Oldham Pals on the Western Front and in Italy using archives and stories of the men who were there.

The exhibitions will travel to different libraries from 5 September and will spend around three weeks in each facility.

Oldham’s Victoria Crosses will visit Chadderton Library first, with Oldham Pals available to view in Crompton Library.

The four year project, Oldham Remembers, is looking for any stories local residents may have about the Victoria Cross and the First World War.