Before the war Private Passant was employed in the Broughton Branch of the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS). Broughton was at that time a suburb of Salford. The CWS factory in Broughton produced bedding, upholstery and cabinets both for use in Co-operative stores and for sale to members.
Seventh Battalion was formed at the outbreak of World War One as part of a territorial force attached to the regular army units of the Manchester Regiment. It was part of Manchester Brigade and was raised in Burlington Street, Manchester. Initial training took place near Rochdale. In September 1914 the battalion went to Alexandria in Egypt before moving to Gallipoli in May 1915. It was in this conflict that Private Passant lost his life, at the age of 27.
Co-operative News, 19 June 1915, page 837.
WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.