A number of events are planned to mark the centenary of the First World War. If you are planning an event, please let us know about it so that we can publicise it here.


Walter Mills VC: Service of Dedication and Unveiling of Memorial Stone

Monday 11 December, 11am, Oldham Parish Church 

A service will take place at Oldham Parish Church at 11am to honour Victoria Cross recipient Walter Mills. Following the service we will be unveiling a commemorative flagstone for Private Mills in the church grounds.

We invite everyone to come along and pay your respects to the fallen solider.

Remembrance Sunday Services, Sunday 12 November

Civic Remembrance Sunday Services, in conjunction with Branches of the Royal British Legion, will be held as follows:

OLDHAM War Memorial, opposite Old Town Hall commencing at 10.50am.  A procession will assemble at New Radcliffe Street at 10.20am and proceed to the War Memorial at 10.30am. All ex-service and civilian organisations are invited to accompany the Mayor. Crosses may be placed in the field of remembrance adjoining the War Memorial.
CHADDERTON War Memorial in the Old Town Hall Gardens, Middleton Road, commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble at the Chadderton Reform Club, Middleton Road, Chadderton at 10.00am and proceed to the War Memorial at 10.30am.
CROMPTON War Memorial commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble at the Royal British Legion Club, Newtown Street, Shaw, at 10.30am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.40am.


War Memorial, Oldham Road, commencing at 10.55am.  The parade will assemble at the Failsworth Health Centre at 10.10am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.30am prompt.
LEES War Memorial commencing at 10.55am.  A procession will assemble in Thomas Street at 10.10am prior to proceeding to the War Memorial.
ROYTON Royton Park commencing at 10.55am.  Uniformed services to assemble at rear of the Co-op, on the car park off Radcliffe Street at 10.30am prompt. March off at 10.40 am to the Memorial at Royton Park.  March past Royton Town Hall afterwards.
SADDLEWORTH St Chad’s Memorial, Uppermill, on Monday 6 November 2017, commencing at 7.15pm and at the Pots and Pans Memorial on Sunday 12 November 2017 at 10.55am.
WATERHEAD Heywood Street commencing at 10.30am
BARDSLEY Bardsley War Memorial commencing at 10.30am
DOBCROSS Dobcross War Memorial commencing at 10.30am

Representatives of all organisations, uniformed services and the public are cordially invited to attend any of the above services and an opportunity will be given to those who desire to place wreaths on the Memorials.


There was a service of Remembrance at the Kings Baptist Church in Cleethorpes, where the congregation had put together an exhibition of the night o the 1 April. The names of the Oldham soldiers who died were read out, with information given to them from Dorothy Bintley.

There were six people from Oldham there, and there was tea and cake.

One of the members of the congregation, David,  went to the church during the night and stood there at the time the bomb dropped. He said it was very atmospheric with the mist rolling in from the sea.

On the Sunday there were three wreath laying ceremonies attended by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham.

The first was the memorial to the 3rd Manchester’s, followed by the second at the CWGC memorial.

The third was at the Memorial Arch on the sea front where there were many plaques for different groups and regiments.


On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War Two.

Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.

We’re encouraging everyone to remember VJ Day (Victory in Japan Day) from 15 August to 2 September.

We would like residents and communities to come together and organise afternoon teas, themed events or story swapping sessions, from 15 August to 2 September. These could be held anywhere, in your house, garden or local community centre.

This is part of the ‘Oldham Remembers’ project that Oldham Council are running to show their commitment to commemorating World War One and World War Two.

Residents can advertise their own events and a template for a poster can be found on this website by visiting the link: 

Oldham Council will assist with advertising the events and all the information will be uploaded to this website.

If you would like to host an event please let us know by emailing or by calling 0161 770 3297


Oldham Remembers is launching a new project – ‘A History to Be Proud Of’ – and we want residents to be part of it.

We want local people to share stories about how their relatives fought for freedom in the World Wars, even though they didn’t hail from these shores.

Many of you will have ancestors from the West Indies, Africa, Europe, Australia, America and beyond who have told you about their experiences.

The Oldham Remembers team is currently researching and collecting stories but we need help from people across the borough to come forward with their own.

This new project is not just to remember, but to highlight how people from different communities ‘did their bit’.

Once all the stories are collected they will be organized and shared with Oldham.

For more information or if you have a story to share please contact or call 0161 770 3297


World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism University of Leeds 3 Week Course

Learn how the war moved everyone away from traditional views of heroism and created new kinds of heroes and heroines.

Did World War 1 make heroism meaningless or was it the conflict that gave it the most meaning?

This course will help you explore, discuss and challenge the ways in which World War 1 heroism has been remembered. Experts will take you through the changing British, French and German views of heroism and discuss important similarities and differences.

Watch a short trailer here:

To find out more about the course visit: 


‘In Memoriam’ – First World War Exhibitions

Visit the Saddleworth Museum for the new display ‘In Memoriam’. The exhibition looks at the men and women of Saddleworth who served during World War One.

The exhibition, located on the first floor of the museum, includes a ‘dugout’, a display case of objects, an ephemera display and a noticeboard with the opportunity for people to remember those relatives who served or were killed.

Saddleworth Museum Saddleworth, High St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HS

For more information call 01457 874093 or visit