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Pat O’Keefe, English Middleweight Boxing Champion, served as a Physical Training Instructor during the war. He won several bouts during the war, including the final match of his career against Bandsman Jack Blake. He retired from boxing in 1918.
Lt Sharp was commissioned on 16 January 1915. For reasons unrecorded but probably as a consequence of wounds received, he was placed on retired pay on 5 May 1917 and remained so for the rest of the war.
James Farmer (centre, back row) was the second of five service sons of Lt J H Farmer and was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. On the outbreak of war he was posted to the Western Front. He was killed in action, aged 21, on 4 November 1914.
Sgt Dwyer (left) served at Gallipoli before transferring to the Western Front and was awarded the Victoria Cross, aged 29, for actions during the Third Battle of Ypres. He went on to develop a career in politics back home in Tasmania after the war.
John Phelps Williams enlisted on 18 November 1916, his 18th birthday, and was killed in action five months later on 24 April 1917. He is buried at Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay.
Captain Dodgson and his daughter. Now discover stories from the North West during the First World War in our exhibition From Street to Trench
The multi-award winning IWM North opened on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal on 5 July 2002 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. It is the youngest of IWM’s five branches and the first outside the south-east of England.
It is the first UK building to be designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Clad in aluminium, the landmark building is a visionary symbol of the effects of war. The design is based on the concept of a world shattered by conflict, a fragmented globe reassembled in three interlocking shards. These shards represent conflict on land, water and in the air.
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