17th Battalion Bugle Band
The Following men deployed with the 17th battalion to France on the 8th November 1915
8180 L/Cpl Alfred Drake Hooley killed in action 1st July at Montauban
8254 Drummer Edgar Norrisbottom-later served as 155070 Machine Gun Corp
8352 Drummer Robert Woolford-killed in action 1st July at Montauban
8948 Drummer William Waine-discharged to Class Z 2nd March 1919
8456 Drummer Alfred Blackburn-discharged Class Z 26th February 1919
9081 Drummer William Price- 219174 Labour Corp- discharged 6th December 1917
8479 Drummer John Coase-discharged to Class Z 4th March 1919
8316 Drummer Arthur Viner-discharged to Class Z 19th February 1919
8905 Drummer George Taylor-discharged to Class Z 26th February 1919
8625 Drummer Ernest Hiley-discharged to Class Z 21st May 1919
8352 Drummer Joseph Wood-discharged to Class Z (As a WO2) 2ndApril 1919
8200 Drummer Albert Jones-discharged to Class Z 13th April 1919
9078 Drummer Albert Rothwell-Killed in action 2nd July 1916 at Montauban
9077 Drummer Pollitt E- Later served as 860618 3/3 London Regiment
8521 Drummer Alfred Dunscombe- deployed 7th September 1915 with 13th Manchesters.
8307 Drummer Edward Thorniley-Later served as 41424 East Lancs Regiment.
85500 Drummer Benjamin George Froggatt- Renumbered as 24217
8949 Drummer Harry Waldron-Died of wounds 1st July 1916 at Montauban
8253 Drummer James Henry Nixon-Killed in action 8th May 1918
8771 Drummer Thomas Needham-Died of wounds 21st October 1916
8711 Drummer Laurie Douglas-later served with Royal Flying Corp, Royal defence Corp and Royal Air Force.
8478 Drummer Thomas H Clarke-discharged to Class Z 2nd March 1919
9085 Drummer William H Sowerbutts-later served as 21429 Army Pay Corps.
Did not deploy or incorrectly recorded
8893 Drummer John Shore-transferred to Labour Corp as 214249-did not serve overseas
8210 Drummer Knight- Could possibly be 8206 Andrew Knight
9075 Drummer Barratt A- no record
8620 Drummer Owens E- no record
9481 Drummer Thomas E- no record
9084 Drummer McCormick- no record
Officers and Senior N.C.O’s
Acting Lieutenant Colonel John James Whitehead-Awarded the DSO
Lieutenant Robert Forbes Mansergh-Awarded the Military Cross
Regimental Sergeant Major Henry Coates- Awarded the Military Cross.
Seated next to Regimental Sergeant Major Coates, first Man right on the second row is 8180 Lance Corporal Alfred Drake Hooley.
Before the war, Alfred had worked at Barlow, Jones Ltd Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers of Portland Street Manchester.
At some point, Lance Corporal Hooley, Drummer, became Private Hooley and died in the assault on the village of Montauban on the 1st July aged 27.
Private Hooley has no
known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the
He was the Son of John and Hannah Hooley of 39 Berlin Road, Edgeley Stockport.
Also on the photo are :-
Drummer 9078 Albert Rothwell aged 21
The son of Lillian and the late Peter Rothwell of 59 Gibson St, Ardwick. His
brother Arthur, lived at 176 Stockport Road, Levenshulme and both worked in the milk business. His other brother, William, was killed with the 19th battalion on 23rd july 1916.
Private 8352 Robert Woolford, D. company
He lived at 47 Birch Street, Hulme. The son of John and Eunice.
Private 8949 Frederick Harry Waldron [known as harry]
81 Rippingham Road, Withington, aged 19
His mother Alice worked at Baxendales & Co., his brother Edward served with 16th battalion, survived the war without a scratch, his other brother, Benson, served with the 18th battalion. After being wounded, he was given a commission in the 19th battalion and killed in action in 1917