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Lancashire Fusiliers

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Those known to have served with

Lancashire Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abbott Broughton. Pte. 1st and 3rd Bt. (d.26th July 1917)
  • Abbott Gilfred. Sergeant 6th Btn.
  • Ackroyd Frederick Charles. Pte. 23rd Btn (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Addison John Williams. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Jun 1915)
  • Addison Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th May 1915)
  • Airton Robert. Pte 9th Btn (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Anderton George. Lt. 15th Battalion
  • Ansboro Michael. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Aug 1914)
  • Anthony George. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Arthurs William. A/Sgt. 56th Remount Sqdn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Atkinson Harold Victor. Pte. 15th Battalion, C Company
  • Atkinson Samuel. Pte.
  • Atkinson Walter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Baker H. H.. Lt.
  • Banks Thomas. Cpl. 1st Bn. (d.4th Apr 1918)
  • Bannister James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Mar 1918)
  • Barlow Joseph. A/Sgt.
  • Battrick George. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Baynham Percy Frank. L/Cpl. 2/5th Btn. (d.21st Sep 1918)
  • Beatson Leonard Sydney. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Beatson Sydney Leonard. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Beaumont Robert. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1917)
  • Bebbington John W. Pte 16th Battalion (d.16th Dec 1915)
  • Benton Reginald. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th October 1916)
  • Best-Dunkley Bertram. Lt.Col. 2/5th Battalion (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Best-Dunkley Bertram. Lt/Col. 2/5th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Bevan John. Pte. 16th (2nd Salford Pals) Battalion (d.3rd Apr 1918)
  • Bickle John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th June 1915)
  • Bickle John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th June 1915)
  • Blanksby Harry. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Booth James Edward. Pte. 11th Btn. C Coy. (d.27th Apr 1918)
  • Bowker Herbert. Pte.
  • Bowler Edward. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Bradbury Sampson. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Apr 1917)
  • Bradley William. L/Cpl. 1/7th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Brady Lawrence. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Braithwaite James Henry. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.4th Apr 1917)
  • Brannick James. Pte. 11th Batallion (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Brennan Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Aug 1914)
  • Brocklehurst Ernest. Pte 2nd Battalion (d.12th Nov 1919)
  • Bromley Cuthbert. Maj. 1st Btn. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Brookes James. Pte.
  • Brooks Benjamin. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.24th April 1917)
  • Brown Arthur Charles. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.26th March 1918)
  • Brown R.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.12th Jun 1917)
  • Brown Richard James. Cpl. 15th Btn. (d.2nd November 1918)
  • Bryant Joseph. Pte. 2nd/8th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Bullock Harry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Burke James. Pte. 23rd(Service)Battalion (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Burns James. 15th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Burton John Henry. Pte. 15th Btn., D Coy. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Carpenter Frederick Alfred. Pte.
  • Cassidy Bernard Matthew. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Cassidy Edward. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Chase Herbert H.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Jun 1915)
  • Clarke Matthew. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Clarke Wilfred Edward. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Clarke William. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Clasper Robert. Pte.
  • Clayton Frank. Pte.
  • Clegg Frederick. 2nd.Lt.
  • Clemson Thomas Henry. Pte. 20th Battalion (d.26th March 1918)
  • Clough Stanley James. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Colebatch Samuel Arthur Pateshall. Pte. 23rd Bn (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Colins Dalton E.. 2nd Btn.
  • Colley Harold John. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.25th August 1918)
  • Connolly Michael. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Cook James Edwin. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.30th May 1918)
  • Cooper William Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Costello John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th June 1915)
  • Cotterill John Gleave. Pte 16th Btn. B Company (d.1st April 1917)
  • Cox Frank.
  • Critchley William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th May 1916)
  • Crook William. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Crowder John Charles. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.4th Sept 1917)
  • Cunningham James Henry. Pte.
  • Dawes George. Pte. 2/6th Btn.
  • Day Charles William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.17th Jun 1917)
  • Dean Ellis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Dickman Harry. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Doran James. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.14th Sep 1916)
  • Dunbar David Francis. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Dwyer Daniel. Pte. 23rd Btn. (d.27th Sept 1918)
  • Earl William J.. Pte. 1/7th Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Earles Sidney. Pte 18th Battalion (d.23rd Oct 1917)
  • Eccles Richard. Pte. 20th (4th Salford Pals) Battalion
  • Edge Herbert. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.2nd Feb 1917)
  • Edwards Henry. Pte. 20th Battalion
  • Edwards Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Elliott Charles. Pte. 1st/5th Battalion
  • Evetts Francis. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Field Harry Ernest. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th October 1918)
  • Finch Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Flynn Daniel. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st May 1918)
  • Flynn Daniel. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st May 1918)
  • Foster William. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.23rd November 1916)
  • Foulkes Walter Joseph. Dvr. 8th Btn.
  • Fowell Frederick. Pte. 18th battalion (d.1st Jun 1918)
  • Fox Frederick. Pte. 23rd Battalion (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Gardiner Herbert. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Garratt Wilfred Horace. 2nd Lt. 11th Btn.
  • Gerrard William. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.27th April 1918)
  • Gibson John William. Sgt. 16th (Salford Pals) Btn. (d.25th Dec 1916)
  • Goodall Charles. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.11th Oct 1915)
  • Grierson John. L/Cpl. 2/5th Battalion (d.26th Aug 1918)
  • Griffiths Arthur. Sgt. 16th Btn.
  • Hall Norman. Capt. 2/5th Battalion
  • Halstead Henry Fawcett. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.6th Nov 1915)
  • Hammond Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th June 1915)
  • Hands Charles Eugene. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Harper Frederick. 20th Btn. (d.24th Jul 1916)
  • Harris E. W.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1917)
  • Harrison Stephen. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th May 1916)
  • Haslam Thomas Ardill. Pte. (d.6th May 1915)
  • Hawke Albert Cross. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Hesp Thomas Frederick. Cpl. 3rd Battalion
  • Heywood James Robert . Pte. 20th Btn. (d.21st Aug 1916)
  • Heywood John. Sergeant (d.27 Apr 1916)
  • Heywood John. Sgt. 11th Battalion (d.26th Apr 1916)
  • Higgins George. Pte. 1/7th Battalion (d.22nd Sep 1915)
  • Hill Henry. Sgt.
  • Holden Arthur. CQMS 9th Btn. (d.30th August 1915)
  • Hollingsworth John Albert. L/Cpl. 2/8th Btn.
  • Hollingsworth John Albert. L/Cpl. 19th Btn.
  • Hollingsworth John Albert. Pte. 2/8th Btn.
  • Holt Giles. Pte. 15th Btn (d.2nd April 1917)
  • Hone Sidney William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1918)
  • Hopkins Thomas. Pte. 1st/8th Btn. (d.13th Feb 1918)
  • Horsfield Lewis John. Pte. 9th Btn (d.26th September 1916)
  • Hosbrough John Ormerod. Pte.
  • Howard James. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.26th Jun 1916)
  • Huison John Frederick. Pte. 17th Battalion
  • Ingham George Leonard. Pte. 19th Battalion, A Company, 3 Platoon (d.15th July 1916)
  • Ithell Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Jackson George. Pte. 1st/7th Btn.
  • Jermyn Lawrence Henry Ching. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.14th April 1918)
  • Johnson John William. 5th Btn. (d.2nd Aug 1916)
  • Jones Richard. Pte. 2nd Battalion, C Coy. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Jones Thomas William. Pte. 20th Btn., D Coy., 14th Platoon
  • Kenealy William Stephen. L/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.29th June 1915)
  • Kenny Robert. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.2nd Dec 1917)
  • Kenworthy Hugh . Pte. 11th Battalion (d.16th May 1916)
  • Kenyon William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • King Alfred John. Pte. 15th Btn (d.11th Aug 1918)
  • Kirk George Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Knowles Samuel. Pte. 16th (2nd Salford Pals) Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Knowles Samuel. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Lansdale Leonard. Pte 11th Btn (d.17th May 1916)
  • Lapslie Joseph Henry. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Larke Herbert. Pte. 2/8th Btn (d.21st March 1918)
  • Latham George W.. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.22nd Jan 1915)
  • Lawley Fred. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.4th November 1918)
  • Lee Joseph Collis. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Lester Frank. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th October 1918)
  • Levett Charles Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Lillas Patrick. Pte. 19th Battalion (d. 25th November 1916 )
  • Lines Thomas. 2nd Lt. 10th Battalion (d.3rd April 1918)
  • Long John. Pte. 19th Battalion
  • Long John. Pte. 19th Btn. E Company
  • Lynn John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd May 1915)
  • Mackie Arthur William. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Mahony-Jones George James. Capt. (d.7th Apr 1917)
  • Marsden Nathan. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th April 1918)
  • Marshall James Neville. Lt.Col. attached 16th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Martin Charles. Pte. 16th Battalion (2nd Salford) (d.7th June 1916)
  • Martindale John Bell. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Aug 1918)
  • McCarthy Richard. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • McDonough Andrew. (d.13th August 1915)
  • McGawley Robert. Pte. 20th Btn. (d.25th July 1916)
  • McKenney John. Pte.
  • McKiernan James. L/Sgt. 15th Btn.
  • Melling Hugh. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Metcalfe J. C..
  • Middleditch George Edward. Pte. 12th Btn
  • Middleton Frank. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1917)
  • Middleton Frederick Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Millman Henry. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.16th August 1917)
  • Mitchell A.. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.20th Aug 1917)
  • Moore Frank. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Morris Eric Salthouse. Cpl. 3/5th Btn.
  • Morris Stephen. Pte 16th Btn. (d.14th Jul 1916)
  • Moss William. Pte. 86 Bgde, 29th Division, 1st Btn. (d.30th April 1918)
  • Mulligan John. Pte. 11th Btn., D Coy. (d.7th Aug 1917)
  • Muscat Rudolph. L/Cpl. 20th Btn (d.22nd Oct 1917)
  • Nash Thomas. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Nelson James. Pte.
  • Nicol David. L/Sjt. 2nd Btn.
  • Nixon Alfred. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.12th Nov 1918)
  • Noulton George. Sgt. 23rd Btn. (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Noulton George. Sgt. (d.27th Sep 1918 )
  • Noulton George. Sgt. 23rd Battalion (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Nuttall Harold Eccleston Arthur Victor. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Oliver Walter Stanley Victor. 2nd Lt. 18th Battalion
  • Parkes William. L/Cpl. 2/5th Battalion (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Parkins Alfred. Sjt.
  • Paulson Samuel. Pte. 1/7th Btn.
  • Pepperd Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. A Coy (d.27th February 1916)
  • Platt Jesse. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Potter Walter. CSgt
  • Prior Philip. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd September 1915)
  • Ratcliffe Ellis. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Ravenscroft John Charles. Sgt. 19th Battalion (d.17th April 1918 )
  • Redford A . Pte. 20th Battalion (d.15th April 1917)
  • Reid Robert. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Sep 1914)
  • Rhodes James. Pte. 9th Btn (d.5th Dec 1916)
  • Ridgway Benjamin Wilfred. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Ridgway John. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.24th Nov 1916)
  • Riley Thomas. Sgt. 19th Battalion (d.24th Apr 1918)
  • Ritson George. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Roberts Frank. Pte. 2nd/8th Battalion. C Coy. (d.4th Sept 1917)
  • Rowe Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Rufus Thomas. Capt. 11th Btn.A Coy. (d.14th Apr 1918)
  • Rush Alfred. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st Oct 1916)
  • Schofield John. 2nd Lt. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1918)
  • Sellars John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Sharman Harry. Pte. 19th Battalion (d.27th Jul 1917)
  • Sidebotham Samuel Wilfrid. Pte. 1/7th Btn.
  • Smales William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Smith William. Pte. 3rd/5th Btn. (d.14th Nov 1917)
  • Snelgrove George. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Speak Charles. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Spencer Robert. 2nd (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Spilling John Benjamin. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.2nd Jul 1916)
  • Stubbs Frank Edward. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Summers John George. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Sutcliffe Willie. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Swindells Samuel. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.23rd July 1916)
  • Tancred Charles. Company Quarter Master 2nd/6th Battalion (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Tapper James John. Sgt. 16th Btn. (d.10th August 1918)
  • Taylor John. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.27th Jan 1917)
  • Taylor Samuel. Pte. 12th Bn (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Taylor Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st August 1915)
  • Thompson Isaac. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Tinsley Albert William.
  • Tomlinson Walter. Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Truesdale William. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Tucker J. R. H.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.17th Jun 1917)
  • Wagstaff John. Pte. 19th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Walker Louis. Pte. 19th Battalion, E Company, Platoon XIX
  • West John Edmund. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.28th Nov 1917)
  • Westley Edward Harold. Sjt. 8th Btn.
  • Whalen James. Pte 1st Btn (d.20th July 1916)
  • Wilbraham Charlie. Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Wilding John Edward. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.25th Aug 1918)
  • Williams James. Capt. 18th Btn. (d.22nd July 1916)
  • Williams John. WO2. 9th Btn.
  • Williams Maurice C.. Pte. 20th Btn. (d.8th May 1916)
  • Wilson Ivan Francis. Pte. 11th Batallion (d.26 April 1916)
  • Wilson William . C.S.M. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Woodcock David Alexander. Pte. 3rd/5th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1917)
  • Worthington Wilfred. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Yeld Robert Norman. Capt. 15th (1st Salford) Btn.
  • Young William Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)

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Pte. Charles Eugene Hands 7th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Charles Eugene Hands

My father’s brother, Willie, had enlisted in the Army at the outbreak of the First World War in l914, when he was 18. Within a year he would be killed. (he is buried at Bailleul). It is significant that my father, Charles Hands, only once in his life ever mentioned to me his experiences in the war, possibly because, coming as he did from a loving, united and peaceful family, these must have had a devastating effect on him and were too painful to recall.

The minimum age for joining the armed forces was 18 so that when, at the Cross Lane, Salford Recruiting Agency, the Recruiting Officer learned that he was only 16 he told my father to walk once round his desk. “Now how old are you?”, he asked. “19”, replied my father. “Very good,” said the officer, “sign here”. It was May 1915 and my father joined the 7th Lancashire Fusiliers. He was to remain in England, for at least some of the time on coastal duty in Scarborough, until March 1918 when he embarked for Ypres where his regiment was to meet up with another - the 8th Lancs. Fusiliers?..

Coming to a fork in the road, my father was sent one way, while a comrade was sent another, to find the Company in question. My father was successful in meeting up with the company and returned to his own with its commanding officer. To his horror he found that his own company had been attacked and wiped out. The scene that met his eyes must have been imprinted on his mind for the rest of his life: men and horses, dead or dying, were strewn everywhere along the road and in the ditches. The noise was hellish. I understood that none had survived.

Shortly after this, as they were trying to take a hill, the second company was surrounded by Germans. “Tommy”, they shouted, “drop your weapons, you are surrounded”. “I shall always be grateful to those Germans”, said my father, “they could have shot us”. As it was, they probably saved his life because he was transported to Kassel and put into a POW camp where he spent the next seven months, up to the end of the war. Army Form W. 3038A reporting my father missing was sent to his sister Madaleine on 5 July 1918.

It was in Kassel that my father lost his fussiness over food. Hunger was extreme both inside and outside the camp – the Germans were starving, too, and German children came to the wire fences to beg for food. There were occasional food parcels distributed by the international charities, also containing cigarettes and gloves and socks hand-knitted by wives, mothers and sisters back in England. The prisoners would swap and barter these precious offerings. My father was so hungry on one occasion that he offered to pay a comrade 25 shillings in War Bonds - to be delivered after the war - for eight biscuits! Twenty-five shillings was more than a working-man’s weekly wage in those days. “How do I know I’ll ever see the money?” the chap asked. “You have my promise”, said my father. True to his word and much to his mother’s annoyance, my father sent the War bonds off to his comrade as soon as he got back home after the war. “After all”, he reasoned, “the chap trusted me and those eight biscuits at the time represented a banquet”.

Reported Missing


George V's letter to father

Pamela Hands de Azevedo


Pte. Frank Lester VC 10th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.12th October 1918)

Frank Lester was killed in action 12th October 1918 aged 22, he was the son of John and Ellen Lester, of Miller's Hay, Irby, Birkenhead. Born at Huyton, Liverpool

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 31067, dated 13th Dec., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice during the clearing of the village of Neuvilly, on 12th October, 1918, when, with a party of about seven men under an officer, he was the first to enter a house from the back door, and shot 2 Germans as they attempted to get out by the front door. A minute later a fall of masonry blocked the door by which the party had entered. The only exit into the street was under fire at point-blank range. The street was also swept by fire of machine guns at close range. Observing that an enemy sniper was causing heavy casualties to a party in a house across the street, Pte. Lester exclaimed, " I'll settle him," and, dashing out into the street, shot the sniper at close quarters, falling mortally wounded at the same instant. This gallant man well knew it was certain death to go into the street, and the party opposite was faced with the alternative of crossing the fire-swept street or staying where it was and being shot one by one. To save their lives he sacrificed his own."

s flynn


Sgt. Harold John Colley VC MM 10th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.25th August 1918)

Harold Colley died of wounds on 25th August 1918 aged 23 and is buried in the Mailly Wood Cemetery in France. He was the son of John and Hannah Elizabeth Colley, of 74 Cheshire Rd., Smethwick, Staffs.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30967, dated the 18th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when in command of a platoon in support of forward platoons which had been ordered to hold on at all costs. When the enemy counter-attacked in force, he rushed forward on his own initiative to help the forward line, rallying and controlling the men holding it. The enemy by this time were advancing quicky, and had already obtained a footing in the trench. Serjt. Colley then formed a defensive flank and held it. Out of the two platoons only three men remained unwounded, and he himself was dangerously wounded. It was entirely due to Serjt. Colley's action that the enemy were prevented from breaking through, and were eventually driven off. His courage and tenacity saved a very critical situation."

s flynn


2nd Lt. Bernard Matthew Cassidy VC. 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.28th March 1918)

Bernard Cassidy was killed in action on the 28th of March 1918, aged 26. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Fauburg-d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras, France, he was the son of Bernard and Julia Cassidy, of 29 Watford Rd, Victoria Docks, London.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 30th April 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, self-sacrifice, and exceptional devotion to duty during an hostile attack. At a time when the flank of the division was in danger, Lt. Cassidy was in command of the left company of his battalion, which was in close support. He was given orders prior to the attack that he must hold on to his position to the last. He most nobly carried this out to the letter. The enemy came on in overwhelming numbers and endeavoured to turn the flank. He, however, continually rallied his men under a terrific bombardment. The enemy were several times cleared out of the trench by his personal leadership. His company was eventually surrounded, but Lt. Cassidy still fought on, encouraging and exhorting his men until he was eventually killed. By his most gallant conduct the whole attack was held up at this point and the left flank was undoubtedly saved from what might have been a disaster."



Pte John W Bebbington 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (d.16th Dec 1915)

John Bebbington was killed on 16th Dec 1915 Whilst serving with the Dalford Pals.

Ian Tickle


Pte. Hugh Melling 16th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.4th Nov 1918)

Hugh Melling died on 4th of November 1918, aged 19 and is buried in the Ors Communal Cemetery in France. He was the son of Thomas and Alice Melling of Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire

s flynn


Pte. John Long 19th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

John Long worked at Godwins Soap in Salford. He lied about his age 16 at the time to join the Lancashire Fusiliers. He died from the effects if being gassed during fighting in France


Pte. Stephen Harrison 11th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.7th May 1916)

Stephen Harrison was killed in action on the 7th of May 1916, aged 33. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Henry and Hannah Harrison of Burnley and lived at 33 Berry Street, Burnley.

s. flynn


Pte. Nathan Marsden 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.28th April 1918)

Nathan Marsden was killed in action on the 28th of April 1918, aged 25. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, he was the husband of Elizabeth E. Cook (formerly Marsden), of 24, Hambledon View, Cheapside, Burnley.

s flynn


L/Cpl. Sydney Leonard Beatson 10th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.13th May 1917)

Sydney Beatson served with the 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers during WW1 and died on the 13th May 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. From thedivisional actions he was most probably killed during the Capture of Roeux - part of the Arras Offensive.


Pte. John Bickle 1st Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.9th June 1915)

John Bickle died on 9th June 1915, in Malta from wounds received at Gallipoli, aged 42. He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta. He lived at 34 Caldervale Rd, Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


Pte. William Arthur Young 9th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.4th Oct 1917)

William was born 1883 in Bulwell, Nottingham, he enlisted in Doncaster though we don't know yet why, perhaps being a miner he had moved there to work. We have a copy of his medal index card is still intact and at present we are waiting to find out relevant details of his last days via the Lancashire Fusiliers War Diaries.

William was killed at Paschendale and is remembered at Tyne Cott, RIP.

Ray Young


Capt. George James Mahony-Jones 20 Sqd. (d.7th Apr 1917)

Capt Mahony-Jones was shot down by Maximilian Muller of Jasta28 on the evening of the 7th of April 1917. His FE2d was brought down over the Front lines whilst returning from the second bombing raid of the day on Mouvaux aerodrome. Mahony-Jones lead eight FE2's each dropping two 112 pound bombs over the target, causing damage to at least two hangers.

As the formation was crossing the Front lines, it was attached by a formation of Albatros Scouts, Lt Lawson's aircraft had been hit and was under attack from all sides, Mahony-Jones turned his aircraft and challenged the enemy, allowing Lawson to make an emergency landing behind the British Lines.

The battle was watched from the ground by the men of the 34th Battalion AIF, their adjutant wrote to RFC HQ the following day:

To the Commandant, RFC Bailleul, 8th April 1917.

"The C.O. 34th battalion AIF has asked me to express a deep sense of admiration which was inspired by the gallant flying of an airman, apparently belonging to a Squadron under your command. About 6 pm on the evening of the 7th instant, two of our planes were engaged with nine of the enemy's. One plane was damaged and the other, although retreat looked possible turned and fought. Several of the enemy's planes scattered but unfortunately our plane was hit and immediately burst into flames.

The scene was witnessed by the men of the Battalion from the trenches and the conspired bravery was much spoken of by them and the gallantry is sure to foster a spirit of emulation for our men to strive hard on their parts, to act in the same heroic and self sacrificing manner as this gallant airman. The true bravery of your very fine Corps was thus strikingly brought home to our men."

Adj. 34th Battn.

Mahony-Jones and his gunner 2nd Lt W.B.Moyes were laid to rest in a German cemetery, after the war they were transferred to the CWGC cemetery at Bailleul.


Pte. John Henry Burton 15th Btn., D Coy. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

Private John Burton, 16th Platoon, D Company, 15th (1st Salford Pals) Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in action, at the Battle of Thiepval on 1st July 1916. He was a miner working for the Clifton & Kearsley Coal Company at Astley Colliery. He was aged 20 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Neil Thompson-Burton


Cpl. Charlie Wilbraham 15th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Charlie Wilbraham served with 15th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers.

Oscar Baldomero


Pte. Philip Prior 10th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.23rd September 1915)

Private Philip Prior died of wounds at No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport, France on 23rd September 1915, aged 29. He was the son of John and Ellen Prior of Wigan. Philip is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row J, Grave 4.


Pte. Isaac Thompson 19th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

I only found out about great uncle Isaac Thompson when I was researching our family tree. My granddad his older brother who also fought at the Somme in the Border Regiment, but survived.

P Hetherington


Pte. Arthur Charles Brown 18th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.26th March 1918)

Arthur Brown was from Millwall, Isle of Dogs. He was conscripted aged 18 into the 18th Btn Lancashire Fusiliers. Arthur was described by my grandmother, who died in 1998 aged 98, as 'a really lovely boy' and she mourned him until she died. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, panel.

John Stone


Pte. George Ritson 2nd Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers

George Ritson was born on 29th December 1890 and joined the 5th Militia Lancashire Fusiliers on 13th January 1908 service number 3133. He joined the regiment in the 2nd Battalion as a private on 6th March 1908 at 17 years and 3 months. His army record shows 18 years and 0 months. His service number was 1400.

He sailed for France on 20th August 1914 as part of the BEF and saw 4 years and 1 month service during the war. He transferred to the Royal Engineers as a motorcycle dispatch rider on approximately 22nd March 1918 service number 359642. In April 1920 he was transferred to the reserves and discharged after completing 12 years service. He had the 1914 Star with the rose on his ribbon, also the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He continued in the reserves until April 1929. He was present at some of the greatest battles of the First World War. He died in Troon, Scotland in 1954.

1918 as a Dispatch rider

Discharge certificate

1918 Dispatch rider

Lancashire Fusiliers

John Ritson


Pte. George Thomas Kirk 8th Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.23rd Oct 1918)

George Kirk was my great uncle. We know very little about him although I have recently been in touch with Qube who are carrying out some research on the men named on the park gates in Oswestry. I have some paperwork sent from the War Office, including telegrams advising that he was missing and another confirming his death. I also have the death penny and scroll and a photograph and a painting. There are very few of us left now and nobody to ask for information.

Paul Roberts

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God's Own: 1st Salford Pals, 1914-1916

Neil Drum & Roger Dowson

This superbly researched book looks at the story of the raising and training of the Pals. It then moves on to their first experiences in France, and concludes with their destruction on the First Day of the Somme. Throughout there are numerous references to officers and men, and many first hand accounts, both of which combine to make it a fascinating account. This first section then ends with biographies of all the casualties, many of them accompanied by a photograph and some in great detail. The second part of the book is a complete roll of every officer and man that served with the 15th Lancashire Fusiliers from formation until 1st July 1916. It gives basic details of every soldier; some men have lengthy entries. A wonderful piece of research!
Salford Pals , A History of the Salford Brigade: 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th Battalions Lancashire Fusiliers

Michael Stedman

Salford was late in recruiting for its Pals battalions, with many of its men already joining Territorial units and a new Pals battalion in Manchester. Yet within a year it had raised four Pals battalions and a reserve battalion. Raised mainly from Lancashire's most notorious slums, the men trained together in Wales, North East England and on Salisbury Plain, they had great expectations of success. On the 1st of July 1916 the Somme offensive was launched and in the very epicentre of that cauldron the first three of Salford's battalions were thrown at the massive defences of Thiepval - the men were decimated, Salford was shattered. Michael Stedman records the impact of the war from the start on Salford and follows the difficulties and triumphs. Whether the actions small or great the author writes graphically about them all. Unusual photographs and a variety of sources make this both a readable and a scholarly account.
Ghosts on the Somme: Filming the Battle, June-July 1916

Alastair H. Fraser, Andrew Robertshaw and Steve Roberts

The Battle of the Somme is one of the most famous, and earliest, films of war ever made. The film records the most disastrous day in the history of the British army - 1 July 1916 - and it had a huge impact when it was shown in Britain during the war. Since then images from it have been repeated so often in books and documentaries that it has profoundly influenced our view of the battle and of the Great War itself. Yet this book is the first in-depth study of this historic film, and it is the first to relate it to the surviving battleground of the Somme. The authors explore the film and its history in fascinating detail. They investigate how much of it was faked and consider how much credit for it should go to Geoffrey Malins and how much to John MacDowell. And they use modern photographs of the locations to give us a telling insight into the landscape of the battle and into the way in which this pioneering film was created. Their analysis of scenes in the film tells us so much about th
From Messines to Third Ypres: A Personal Account of the First World War by a 2/5th Lancashire Fusilier

Thomas, Floyd

the story of just a few weeks between May 1917 and July 1917 as experienced by a subaltern of the Lancashire Fusiliers. It is a detailed account where personalities and small events seem to fifi ll its pages to become tellingly signififi cant-whole lifetimes seem to pass in months. Life in the trenches is recorded with all its dangers, tragedies and discomforts punctuated by lighter moments, as we share the inexorable build-up to the big attack and the fury of war that changed and ended lives in minutes. This is a first rate, intimate and personal account of the Western Front warfare the British infantry knew.


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