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Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adcock St.John. Mjr. 3rd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Almond P.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.2nd April 1915)
  • Aspen Lawrence. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Atkinson Frederick. (d.19th Oct 1914)
  • Bage Charles.
  • Bate William Booth. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Bleakledge Herbert Arnold. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.16th Jun 1915)
  • Blower Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.19th Aug 1916)
  • Booth John. Spr. 171st Tunnelling Company (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Booth John. Spr. 171st Tunneling Coy. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Bown Daniel. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21st March 1918)
  • Bradshaw Edward. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.26th Oct 1918)
  • Bradshaw Edward. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.26th Oct 1918)
  • Broadley William. Pte. (d.23rd October 1914)
  • Brown Edward.
  • Cassidy John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Feb 1915)
  • Cassidy John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Feb 1915)
  • Chadwick Tom. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.15th July 1917)
  • Cotton Charles William. CSM 7th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Cragg John. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.15th Jul 1916)
  • Cuttle Thomas Barnes. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Dalton Albert. Sgt. 6th Btn
  • Davies Robert. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Davies Sidney Francis. 2nd Battalion
  • Dixon John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Earlam John Henry. Pte. 1st Btn (d.18th April 1918)
  • Eccles Robert. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Eckersley Daniel. L/Cpl. 9th Btn (d.7th July 1916)
  • Farrell Thomas. Sjt.
  • Forshaw William. Pte.
  • Forshaw William. Pte 2/4th Btn
  • Fowler Albert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th May 1918)
  • Gardner Albert. L/Cpl (d.26th Oct 1917)
  • Goodman Joseph. 9th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Gormley John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th March 1915)
  • Hamilton Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Hitchon Herbert. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Howard Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hunter William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Feb 1916)
  • Jenkin Louis Fleeming. 2nd Lt. (d.11th Sep 1917)
  • Jenkin Louis Fleeming. Lt. (d.11th Sep 1917)
  • Jones Richard Basil Bandram. Lt. 8th Btn. (d.21st May 1916)
  • Jude Leo Gerald Simon. Capt. 10th Btn. (d.18th Nov 1916)
  • Kavanagh William. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Kellaway Albert Alfred. Pte. 5th Btn. C Coy.
  • Lassetter John James Wilder. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.8th Mar 1917)
  • Lassetter John James Wilder. 2nd Lt. 11th Bn. att. 6th Bn. (d.8th Mar 1917)
  • Lawton James. WO2. (d.19th July 1916)
  • Long E.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.31st March 1915)
  • Lund William Towler. Sgt. 6th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Lyons Francis. Pte. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Lyons William Henry. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Manton Albert Joseph. Pte.
  • Mart George Hulbert Victor. 6th Btn.
  • Mason Leonard. Sgt. 1/5th Btn.
  • Molyneaux James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th June 1916)
  • Moore Harold. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th Sep 1916)
  • Moran J.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Mullaly Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Oldfield John. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1916)
  • Ormerod James. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Owen William Alfred. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Oxlade Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th March 1917)
  • Patten William Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Patten William Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Pilkington Peter. Pte. 8th Bn. (d.21st May 1916)
  • Pilkington Robert. Pte. 1st/5th Bn (d.20th Sep 1916)
  • Porter Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.8th June 1917)
  • Preece Richard. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Preston John Thomas. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.16th March 1917)
  • Ramsay Stuart. Cptn. 8th Btn. (d.2nd June 1917)
  • Reid Oswald Austin. Mjr. 1st Btn.
  • Sells William. Pte. (d.1916)
  • Shanks Ronald Earnest. 7th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Shipwright P.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.2nd April 1915)
  • Smith J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Jul 1916)
  • Stopforth Richard. Pte 10th Battalion (d.4 May 1916)
  • Stretch A. H.. 2nd Lt. 4th Battalion
  • Syddall Robert Henry. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Talbot James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Jun 1917)
  • Talbot James. Pte 9th Btn. (d.20th June 1917)
  • Taylor John Ashton. Pte.
  • Waddilove Elijah. Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Wallis C. E.. Lt.
  • Walsh Thomas. Sgt
  • Ward J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th April 1915)
  • Watterson Robert Stanley. Private
  • Watts William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th May 1916)
  • Welsh Thomas James. L/Cpl 1st Btn.
  • Wilkinson Thomas Orde Lawder. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.5th July 1916)
  • Woodward Walter. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.31 Jul 1917)
  • Woodward Walter. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)

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Cptn. Stuart Ramsay DSO MID 8th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.2nd June 1917)

Stuart Ramsay born Bothwell, Lanark on 10th September 1887, son of William & Helen. Educated Glasgow High School, Pre-War he was an Accountant by trade. He went to New Zealand in 1913 and returned to England in 1915.

Gazetted 2nd Lieut. on 10 May 1915 he joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regt and promoted tp Lieut the following October. Twice MID and awarded DSO 1 August 1916 for 'Conspicuous Gallantry in action". He was promoted to Captain in June 1916 and killed in action on Messines Ridge on the 2nd of June 1917.

Ralph Bennett


Pte. Thomas Mullaly 7th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.31st Jul 1917)

My husband's grand uncle, Thomas Mullaly, was killed in action at Passchendaele on 31st July 1917. He was a member of the 7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate.

We are going over to Ypres in September to pay our respects as we had no idea that Thomas even existed until we were completing my husband's family tree. My husband has recently been diagnosed with cancer and to pay these respects is on his bucket list. His mother never spoke of her uncle, in fact we don't even know whether she knew him.

Megan Ratcliffe


Lt. Richard Basil Bandram Jones VC 8th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.21st May 1916)

Richard Jones was killed in action on the 21st of May 1916, aged 19. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, he was the son of Henry Thomas Brandram Jones and Caroline Emma Jones, of 2, Thicket Rd., Anerley, London.

An extract from The London Gazette dated 5th August, 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. He was holding with his platoon a crater recently captured from the enemy. About 7.30 P.M. the enemy exploded a mine forty yards to his right, and at the same time put a heavy barrage of fire on our trenches, thus isolating the Platoon. They then attacked in overwhelming numbers. Lt. Jones kept his men together, steadying them by his fine example, and shot no less than fifteen of the enemy as they advanced, counting them aloud as he did so to cheer his men. When his ammunition was expended he took a bomb, but was shot through the head while getting up to throw it. His splendid courage had so encouraged his men that when they had no more ammunition or bombs they threw stones and ammunition boxes at the enemy till only nine of the platoon were left. Finally they were compelled to retire."

s flynn


Lt. Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson VC 7th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.5th July 1916)

Thomas Wilkinson died 5th July 1916, aged 22 and is commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial in France. He was the son of Charles Orde Wilkinson and Edith Wilkinson, of Ardanoir, Foynes, Co. Limerick.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 26th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack, when a party of another unit was retiring without their machine-gun, Lieut. Wilkinson rushed forward, and, with two of his men, got the gun into action, and held up the enemy till they were relieved. Later, when the advance was checked during a bombing attack, he forced his way forward and found four or five men of different units stopped by a solid block of earth, over which the enemy was throwing bombs. With great pluck and promptness he mounted a machine-gun on the top of the parapet and dispersed the enemy bombers. Subsequently he made two most gallant attempts to bring in a wounded man, but at the second attempt he was shot through the heart just before reaching the man. Throughout the day he set a magnificent example of courage and self-sacrifice."

s flynn


Pte. Albert Fowler 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.20th May 1918)

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Albert Fowler died of wounds on the 20th of May 1918, aged 41 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the husband of M. A. Fowler, of 150 Cog Lane, Burnley, Lancs. Native of Burnley.

s flynn


Sgt. Leonard Mason MM. 1/5th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Leonard Mason Discharge Certificate

Leonard Mason was my grandfather and I remember when I was a little girl how I used to sit and polish his medals. I remember on Remembrance Sunday we would walk down to The Cenotaph in Bolton, him wearing his medals and holding my hand, for the Service of Remembrance. He was born on 27th March 1893 at Flitcroft Street, Bolton, son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Mason. He had five siblings, Florence b. 1889, John b. 1891, Samuel b.1895, Julia b. 1897 and Robert b. 1905.

He enlisted on 9th November 1914 and sailed on The Tintoretto to France on 12th February 1915 and landed the following day. Whilst in France he was promoted to Sergeant. On 14th January 1918 his name was gazetted as having been awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. This award was for his actions at The Battle of Menin Road Ridge (20 23 September), part of The Third Battle of Ypres 1917. At some point after being awarded the Military Medal, he was wounded and I have vivid memories of all the marks on his legs made by bullets. He was honourably discharged from the Army on 8th March 1919 and given the Silver War Badge number 450937.

Leonard married Annie Shuttleworth on 29th June 1918 at St Simon & Judes Church, Bolton. They had three children 2 boys and 1 girl. Sadly the two boys died in infancy but the one girl was my mother. My granddad Leonard Mason died on 3rd February 1969 at home in Bolton but I have wonderful memories of him and still miss him to this day.

Leonard Mason, third from right, in hospital blues with Military Medal ribbon attached

Leonard Mason wearing Military Medal

Leonard Mason, far right, wearing hospital blue brassard signifying almost ready for discharge

Leonard Masons Medal Card

Lois Patel


Pte. Herbert Hitchon 4th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.13th Sep 1916)

Herbert Hitchon died on the 13th of September 1916, aged 24. Buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, he was the son of John Robert and Mary Jane Hitchon, of 6 Watson St., Burnley, Lancs. Native of Burnley

s flynn


Pte. John Oldfield 4th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.20th Sep 1916)

John Oldfield was killed in action on the 20th of September 1916, aged 20. Buried in Dartmoor cemetery in France, he was the nephew of Mrs. I. Basnett, of 4 Aqueduct St., Burnley

s flynn


Pte. Charles Oxlade 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Rgt. (d.4th March 1917)

Charles Oxlade was the son of Charles and Jane Oxlade. Before the war he was a french polisher. He died on 4th March 1917 aged 38 and is buried at Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu.

William Blackett


Pte. Robert Davies 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

I don't know a lot about my great grandad Robert Davies's experience of war - he never spoke about it. He joined the army originally in 1896 and attested for the militia on 14th April 1896. He enlisted at Warrington Barracks and was assigned Service No. 4662 and posted to the South Lancashire Regiment. Then he signed up for the regular army and was posted to the 2nd Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with Service No. 5643.

He spent the first two years on home duty in England, then in 1899 at the British Garrison in Malta. He attended an instruction course and was assigned to the 17th mounted infantry section. He was stationed around Malta, Gibraltar and Crete. In 1904 he went to South Africa. He was now married with children and living at 19 Hughes Street, Liverpool and working as a dock labourer.

He re-enlisted in 1914 at Seaforth Barracks and was given Service No. 3689 and posted to the 3rd Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (his old regiment). He was reposted to the 1st Btn. and embarked for Le Havre and went to Flanders. He then went to Ypres and Givenchy. He was reported missing in December 1914. But it was not until 1915 that his family learned that he was a prisoner of war at Wittenberg. He was transferred to Zerbst in July 1917, but I don't think it was much before 1920 that he saw home again.

He suffered from very bad shell shock and had really bad shakes. He came back very thin and the family said he wasn't the same man. He never spoke about his experiences. He never claimed his medals. I think it must have been very traumatic for him.


WO2. James Lawton Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.19th July 1916)

My Grandfather James Lawton was born in Marylebone Middlesex in 1880 son of Joseph Lawton and husband of Annie Lawton (Nye) of 2 Weiss Passage,Ossington Street Euston Road London. Between 29th December 1896 and 28th December 1908 he served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, service no.5049 Prior to enlisting he had been working as a bottle washer, he was 18 years old. James was posted into the 2nd battalion, then to the 1st on the 8th June 1901. He was promoted to Corporal for an act of gallant conduct in the field ( I have no other information). On 18th September 1902 he was posted back to the 2nd battalion between Dec. 1902 & June 1904 he was acting Lance Serjeant. At the time of his discharge, after 12 years service in 1908 he was rank Corporal For his time in South Africa he was fighting the Boers,on the Orange Free State, Cape Colony 1901 to 1902 clasps.

He re-enlisted at Fulham in on the 5th of September 1914 he was 34 he entered as a private but was promoted to Corporal, then on the 11th March to Warrent officer. On the 31st July 1915 he sailed to France with the 10th Battalion N.L.R, he was wounded on the 29th of June 1916 by a gunshot to right leg he was evacuated to the Royal Victoria (Netley) Hospital on the 4th July 1916 but succumbed to his wound on the 19th July 1916. He is remembered in Paddington Cemetery screen Wall 3W.9814 age 39. May we remember.

Mary Lawton


Pte. Harold Moore 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.27th Sep 1916)

Pansy and Pocket Book of Harold Moore

Harold Moore was born on 1st December 1897 and was the eldest son of Robert and Margaret Moore and, like his father and grandfather before him, worked in the local pit. His death certificate states that he 'died of wounds' on 27th September 1916, we believe during The Battle of Thiepval Ridge. He is buried in Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, 2 km west of Albert, France, and in 1985, his niece, her husband and their son placed a posy of purple flowers on his grave.

The following piece was written after our visit and we had no prior knowledge about the pressed purple pansy found in his pocket book after his death.

Once there was a young man, hot-blooded, eager to grasp life with both hands, but this was when the century was young, and opportunities were not available in a small pit village. Life was circumscribed and dull. His parents expected him to leave school at thirteen, go down the mine, marry some nice Chapel girl and raise a family. He left school and went down the mine. At first it was an adventure: he felt more adult, more the elder brother to his two younger brothers and his baby sister. But soon it was irksome and boring. What was the point of spending his precious youth in cold, dark discomfort, some weeks never seeing daylight, never seeing the purple pansies in the garden of his home? Was this all there was to life? Then the trumpets of war blew across his little world like a celebration, "Kitchener needs you." "Me?" "Yes, You...You...You...!" He signed up. He sailed away. And the pansies waved their heads in approval and farewell. But was the mud of the trenches any better than the darkness of the mine? His world had become smaller still. Only the irregular arrival of the mail brought any lift to his spirits. And one day, in a letter, came a pansy plucked by his baby sister. How he treasured it. He pressed it in his pocket book and kissed it every day. When would he see the purple pansies again? He never did. Some time after the dreaded telegram arrived at his home, a sad little parcel came from France. And in the pocket book they found the pansy.

When the century was old, a little family entered a French war cemetery...

And the child of the child of his baby sister placed purple pansies on his grave.

Joan Margaret Davies


Sgt. Richard Preece 9th Btn. Loyal North Lancs Regiment (d.5th Nov 1918)

Richard Preece is my paternal great grandfather. He was born in Dudley on 23rd July 1887 to Richard and Harriet. On the 1901 census he is living with his parents in Dudley and is a labourer in an ironworks. By 1910 he has moved to Bolton, Lancs and is married to Maud Miller (from Bolton) aged 22. In the 1911 census he is living in Tong Street, Bolton with his wife Maud - he is a gravedigger and Maud is a drawing frame tenter. In 1913 they have their first child, a daughter Harriet Maud Preece (1913-1990).

Sometime in 1914 he joins the war effort and arrives in France on 25th September 1915 with the 9th Loyal North Lancs just three months before his twin daughters are born (Emma and Sarah - 28/6/1915). Sadly Emma dies in July 1915. His battalion fought on the Somme in 1916 at Bazentin, Pozieres and the Ancre Heights, then in the Battles of Messines Ridge and Pilkem Ridge in 1917.

As Richard's soldier's papers did not survive, we cannot be sure which of these battles he fought in. It is likely he was wounded at some stage, and was not sufficiently fit for front line duty on his recovery. He was transferred to the 14th Company, Labour Corps, which was a prisoner of war company, guarding prisoners of war. In late 1918 they were in the Conches-en-Ouche area, about 35 miles south of Rouen. The German prisoners here were engaged in forestry work.

As Richard is recorded as having died it is possible that he was a victim of the 1918 influenza pandemic. He is buried at Conches-en-Ouche Communal Cemetery. He was 31 years old and left his wife Maud (32) and daughters Harriet Maud (5) and Sarah (3) - he never met either of his daughters.


L/Cpl. P. Shipwright 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancastershire Regt (d.2nd April 1915)

Cpl. Wright volunteered to help during a typhus epidemic at Wittenberg POW camp where he was a prisoner. Sadly, he died on 2nd April 1915, after contracting the disease. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XIII.D.5.


Pte. J. Ward 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancastershire Regt (d.18th April 1915)

Private Ward volunteered to help during the typhus epidemic at Wittenberg POW Camp. Sadly, he contracted the disease and died on 18th April 1915. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XIII.D.3.


Lt. C. E. Wallis Loyal North Lancastershire Regt

Lt Wallis was a prisoner in Mainz POW Camp.


L/Cpl. E. Long 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancs Rgt (d.31st March 1915)

L/Cpl Long was a prisoner in Wittenberg POW Camp. He volunteered to help the medical staff during a typhus epidemic which ran from January to July 1915. Sadly, L/Cpl Long contracted the disease and died on 31st March 1915. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XIII.D.1.


Pte. John Gormley 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancs Rgt (d.10th March 1915)

Private Gormley was a prisoner in Wittenberg POW Camp. He died on 10th March 1915 during the typhus epidemic which raged in the camp between January and July 1915. He is commemorated on the Wittenberg Memorial and also on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, Panels 27 and 28.


L/Cpl. P. Almond 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.2nd April 1915)

L/Cpl. Almond was a POW at Wittenberg camp in Saxony. He died during the typhus outbreak which raged through the camp from January to July 1915. Sixty British POWs died, along with about 125 men of other nationalities. There were nearly 2,000 typhus cases in all. L/Cpl Almond is buried in Berlin Southwestern Cemetery.



L/Cpl. Daniel Eckersley 9th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.7th July 1916)

I have found the details of Daniel Eckersley on a family gravestone whilst carrying out family history research. Not a lucky family, of 10 children 4 failed to reach the age of 5, one died aged 14 and Daniel was killed in 1916 leaving just 4 to continue the family name.

Margaret Berry

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