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Barbara, the mascot of the 5th City [Manchester Regiment]
A photograph of a pony, with a young girl
A photograph of a pony, with a young girl in riding helmet
A photograph of a pony, with a young girl in riding helmet, onlookers include a little boy in a hat, two more boys, an officer, and three men in overcoats. The photograph was taken on a promenade of a seaside town. On benches behind the pony are piles of clothes, possibly greatcoats. The legend reads "Barbara - the mascot of the 5th City" [Manchester Regiment]. This is part of a collection that relates to William Hunt. Hunt signed on in 1915 at Manchester Town Hall to the 5th City Battalion, Manchester Regiment. His initial training was at Bellvue, Manchester then Morcambe and finally Grantham, before going to France in December 1915. He fought at Albert and Fricourt and after a spell behind the lines with trench fever was sent back to the front to join the 8th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Thiepval where he was injured by mortar fire, wounded through the thigh and taken prisoner on 26th August 1916. He then spent the rest of the war in two or three prisoner of war camps before being repatriated at the end of the war and demobilised at Preston on 19th March 1919. In his attestation certificate, downloaded from the Ancestry website, Hunt's details include: No. 1712 [?]; Corps: 5th City [?] Batt. Mtsr [Manchester?] Regt; Your name: William Hunt: Address: Rosslyn, Hazelwood Rd, Hale [?], Cheshire; Age: 24 years 10 months; Trade: clerk; Married: no; Previous service: no; Witness to Hunt's signature: K. Howell. Two CDs of his story have been recorded telling the details of his wartime experiences from signing on to repatriation. These are marked "20 SB Manchester Res. L/C William Hunt, No. 17127. WW1 memories". A number of photographs of the period are also in the collection and postcards to his fiance, May Stone.