Bacup at War

Fred Cooper POW

Warrant Officer Fred Cooper 115 Squadron R.A.F aged 24, a well-known Bacup cricketer and player for Lancashire CCC Second XI, joined the R.A.F on the 24th July 1940. Fred’s parents John and Margaret Cooper of 114 Bankside Lane received word that Fred had been reported missing after flying operations on Wednesday 29th July 1942.   Fred […]

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Brothers In Arms

Meetings In Normandy from the Bacup Times August 1944   An unexpected meeting on the Normandy beachhead was recently the happy experience of two Bacup brothers, Driver James Stevenson 23 R.A.S.C., and A.B. Stevenson 19 Naval Command. Sons of Mr and Mrs Stevenson 16, Co-operation Street. Speaking of the reunion, the younger of the two.

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Prisoners of War

The Bacup Prisoners of War Relatives Association was established in April 1943 with the aim of offering emotional and financial assistance to the families of prisoners of war. The association organized meetings at the Mechanics Institute and later at the Labour Institute on Yorkshire Street. A social committee was formed within the association to coordinate

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Father Gaetano Fracassi

Father Gaetano Fracassi, pictured with the 1913-1914 St Joseph’s football team holding the Joshua Craven Hoyle Cup. Served as the parish priest in Stacksteads for nine years, from 1913 until 1922. Afterwards, he took up the role at St Alban’s in Ancoats, Manchester, a neighbourhood often referred to as “Little Italy.” On June 11, 1940,

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Colonel Thomas Backhouse

Colonel Thomas Backhouse O.B.E. T.D was adopted as the prospective Conservative Candidate for the Rossendale Division in May 1946. A well-known barrister, who appeared regularly in his early career at the Rawtenstall and Bacup Courts, he had a distinguished military career. A member of the Officer Training Corps whilst at school he joined the 4/5th

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