John Thornton papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Liddle Collection POW 065
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English French
  • Physical Description
      2 boxes; manuscript, typescript, photographs with negatives, postcards, and printed material

Scope and Content

11 issues of Manchester Regiment magazine The Periscope, Vol.I, Nos. 5-8, 10-12, Vol. II, Nos. 1-3 and special edition Periscope Picture Gallery (Feb.-Dec. 1917, n.d.); Group photograph (n.d.); Training manuals for infantry, signalling and musketry (1910-1914); Field Service Regulations manual (1912); 6 notebooks (1916-1917); 2 diaries (1916, 1917); Book of verse Thoughts, Poems and Lyrics by Ernest Crowther (n.d.); Copy of the New Testament prefaced with Lord Roberts' message to the troops (1914); 3 notebooks in French (1918); Postcard written in French (1 Nov. 1918); 16 photographs with negatives (1917, n.d.); Train ticket (n.d.); Official Chemnitz form used as notepaper (1917); 3 telegrams (Nov. 1917); Identity certificate (18 Feb. 1919); Demobilization certificate (18 Feb. 1919); Memorandum (2 June 1919); Railway warrant (20 Feb. 1919); Letter to J. Thornton (8 Oct. 1918); Postcard to J. Thornton (5 Aug. 1918); 6 duty and order lists (1915); Typescript poem relating to Gallipoli by Ernest Crowther (ca. 1915).

Administrative / Biographical History

John (Jack) Thornton (b. 1896), a Private, later Lance Sergeant, 8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, served on the Western Front and was held as a POW (Prisoner of War) at Chemnitz.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The papers were placed in the Collection by Alan M. McFarland (son-in-law).


In English and French

Other Finding Aids

Alternative Form Available


Related Material

See DF 006: Bailey, D (fiance) for letters to John Thornton.