describes a “time capsule” as a historic collection of goods or information,
usually intended as a means of
communication with future
people and to help future
Can you put together a time capsule of information about a member of the
16th Battalion Manchester Regiment who fought at Manchester Hill that could
give a picture of their life?
I do this:
Select a name from the list below:
Lt. Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC
DSO MC, “Fanshawe”, Chelford, Cheshire
Captain Edward Neville Ashe MC,
“The Coppice”, Hale, Cheshire
Captain and Adjutant Norman Sharples, 7, Palatine Ave,
Pte 11543 Tom Fitton MM,
298 Bury New Rd, Whitefield, Manchester
L/Corporal 29617 William Thompson MM, 4 Nova Scotia St, Failsworth, Mcr
L/Sgt 40861 Frank Snowdin DCM, 87 Moorgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire
Sgt 6630 Archer Hoye, 214 Radnor St Hulme, Manchester
Think about the historical
period in time which in which they lived:
decorating a large size envelope (bigger than a standard DL size envelope)
Include your chosen soldiers name in the design. Be creative.
chosen man - including his family, the place he was from, his life in the
Army. What was happening locally, nationally or even globally during his
Design a birth
announcement or perhaps a wedding invitation, or maybe something else using
information you have found during your research.
What type of
clothing or uniform might he have worn? Perhaps you could draw this or
copy a picture of popular fashion from the time. Get a costume history book
from the library or look on the internet.
What money was
in use? Draw or print out pictures of the money from that period and
include examples of these in your time capsule.
Can you think
of anything else to include in your time capsule?
songs or music
Suggested places to find this information:
Manchester Hill Resource section or use other information you have
discovered. Use books and internet sources to learn what life was like
during the lifetime of the man you have chosen. Go to your library or local
studies library and consult historic newspapers, directories or books.
Access genealogical websites like Ancestry or Findmypast at your local
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