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  • A WELCOME RETURN TO THE ECCLES TREASURE TROVE OF MILITARY HISTORY


    Tony Flynn
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    I told you last week about the amazing collection of books that have been inherited by David Jones, from his late father, Alan and how David was looking for a  good home for them, preferably to a University, College, History Group or a keen local historian.

    I am happy to announce that since the article was published I was contacted by, Dr Brian Hall a Lecturer in Military History at Salford University, and Graham Walker an ex-soldier and keen military historian.

    We met up at David's house and it if fair to say that both men were delighted at both the sheer number of books and the wide variety of subjects that were covered.

    Brian took away several suitcases and boxes of books, mainly about World War One, which he will split between his own personal collection and the rest going to Salford University's Library,

    He told me that he was very pleased with what he was able to take home and that it had, made his week and will be a great help with further research and he would like to thank both David and myself for contacting him

    Graham who you may know from his Billy Unsworth research, a Salford  man who fought in the Boer War, but then re-joined the army only to be killed at Gallipoli in 1915, which Graham has turned into both a song and a possible book/film venture.

    He also took away several boxes of books mainly about the Gallipoli campaign and books relating to local regiments. with which he was delighted.

    There are still quite a few books left on the shelves, relating to both WW! and WW2, history's of regiments, autobiographies from men who served in the Armed Forces including the R.A.F. and Royal Navy, maps, brochures and a great deal more.

    If you wish to claim some of these books, free of charge, then please contact me on Facebook or via my email address, salfordreds1950@gmail.com and I will arrange a suitable time for to call at David's, but please, no book dealers, these books are for the use of people who are truly interested in military history and would be ideal for history societies, retirement homes etc.

    Please hurry as David will be selling the property shortly and needs to clear out the collection as soon as possible, so if you are interested in this once in a lifetime chance to obtain these books, please contact me.



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