North Manchester Battlefield Society
North Manchester Battlefield Society  


The North Manchester Battlefield Society was formed in late 2000 by Andrew McVeety, Lance Keeley, Steve Hoar and Gerry O’Meara a group of Civil Servants based in Manchester.  All had a strong interest in the battles of WWI and WWII.

The first trip was to the Somme and the Normandy Beaches in February 2001 and in 2004 Stuart Erskine and Kevin Hunt joined the group after Andrew had left (he now does his own tours with the Western Front Association) The NMBS have toured many Battlefields of Europe since.

Over the next 17 years, we visited many of the main battlefields in Western Europe and even further afield.  Our aim is to remember and honour the fallen of conflict, whoever the belligerents and share some tips, views, photographs, anecdotes, and insights to others who wish to visit these historical places of interest.


Many pages from Market Garden onwards will be multiple pages and can be viewed when you click the main title on the left.


We have included pages on the War Memorials of the British Isles and personal memories of Herbert Preen and Tommy Stubbs, relatives of Steve and Kevin.


The site is an ongoing website and we will endeavor to complete as soon as possible – so please forgive if you click on a link and little information is there.


We hope you enjoy the site and would be grateful for any feedback and advising us of any mistakes or errors. We appreciate your feedback. If you have any issues, comments or ideas you wish to share with us in regards battlefield touring, memorials or remembering the fallen.


You can do this by emailing Steve Hoar using the direct email link further down the main titles bar OR You can also use the NEW GUESTBOOK/COMMENTS Link Below


All main photographs on the site are © 2018 Steve Hoar and Kevin Hunt (unless stated). They can be used and/or copied by kind permission.

Thank you for browsing and for any feedback. Steve Hoar, March 2018



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  • Joyce Holden (Friday, November 02 18 07:11 pm GMT)

    Thank you for your research it is appreciated. I contacted you in 2013 & you kindly emailed me a load of information. Very grateful so I could pass onto grandchildren. I have a photo of my grandad which is not in the book Irlam & cadishead a district at war. I have been searching for another copy.

  • Susan Smith (Saturday, September 30 17 01:41 pm BST)

    Great to find this site via Gerry O'Meara.

  • Joey (Monday, August 21 17 12:42 am BST)

    Great site man

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