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Those known to have served with
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
during the Great War 1914-1918.
- Adcock St.John. Mjr. 3rd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
- Addison Richard. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. C Coy. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
- 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)
- Emerson Harold Theodore. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
- Farrand Arthur. Pte. 6th Battalion
- 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)
- Gurney Charles Walter. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Hamilton Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
- 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)
- Molyneux Samuel. CSM 9th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
- 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.
- Roach Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. B Coy (d.14th Sep 1914)
- Seddon James Robert. Pte. 11th 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)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 RegimentLeonard 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.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 Burnleys 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., Burnleys flynn
CSM Samuel Molyneux 9th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.7th June 1917)Samuel Molyneux was born in Penketh, Warrington, Lancashire, in 1886. He was the twin brother of Enoch Molyneux. Sam joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in September 1914. The Regiment was transfered to Sailsbury Plain for training and deployed in France on 26th September 1915.
He fought in a number of battles, including Vimy Ridge, the Battle of Albert, the Battle of Bazentin, the Battle of Pozieres, the Battle of the Ancre Heights. Sam was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.Chris McLaren-Edge
Pte. Arthur Farrand DCM. 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment"12006 Private A Farrand, 6th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. For conspicuous gallantry on 27th November 1915 at Chocolate Hill, Gallipoli Peninsula, when, after being partially buried by a shell, he extricated himself and at once went to the rescue of two comrades and extricated them under heavy fire." The London Gazette.
I'm proud to say Arthur Farrand is my grandfather. I'm sorry to say I never knew him,or the honour he bestowed on my family until recently. I would love to have had photos, stories or medals to pass down to my grandchildren in remembrance to his gallantry in action.Sue
Pte. James Robert Seddon 11th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire RegimentJames Seddon enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 11th November 1914 when he was 20 years old; he had worked down the mines as a collier from the age of 13 and thought that signing up to do his bit would be a great change and an opportunity not to be missed.
He fought and was wounded three times at Ypres and the Somme. He was discharged at the end of the war but due to his injuries he was not able to go down the mines again and worked as a general labourer and later a postman. By the autumn of 1930 his health had started to deteriorate both physically and mentally and he spent an increasing amount of time out of work and in convalescence homes recovering from neurasthenia or shell shock.
Finally in October 1930 he asked if he could have a War Pension this was refused and on the back of the envelope which held the letter refusing his pension he drafted this letter, where I cannot read the writing I have put x's.
a) 15th November 1916 Mailly-Maillet in the fight for Beaumont Hamel I was sent to General Hospital at Le Havre and from there I was sent to XXX Hospital in Le Havre where I was x rayed and a piece of shrapnel was taken from xxx left eye. I stayed in hospital in Le Havre about a month and then I was xxxx xx Royal Infirmary Edinburgh then on to convalescence at Clifton Park House B/pool (King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hospital, Clifton Park, Blackpool. Under orders of Western Command, for men whose homes were in Lancashire or who belonged to Lancashire regiments from any command, Blackpool). Rejoining Reg(iment) May 1917
c) As I was able to follow my employment I never xxx but I have always suffered from pain.
He was again refused his War Pension but then his local Labour MP Alexander Haycock,heard of his story and intervened and one month later he got a letter awarding him his pension of 12 shillings (about 60 pence) per week.Jackie Seddon
L/Cpl. Richard Addison 8th Btn. C Coy. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.23rd Oct 1916)Richard Addison was born in Preston in 1886 and was the eldest son of Richard and Charlotte Addison (nee Foreman/Forman). Richard`s parents were married on 29 July, 1883 at St. Saviour with St. James Church, Preston. Richard and Charlotte Addison had another eleven children. The others being Alice A (1883), Margaret Alice (1885), Robert (1889), Lizzie (1892), Betsy Ellen (1894-1894), Archibald (1895), Mary Jane (1898), Betsy Ellen (1900), Frederick (1903), Walter (1904) and Joseph (1906). In 1901 the family were living at 17 Tennyson Road, Preston. Richard`s father was working as a grinder in the card room of a cotton mill. According to his service papers Richard married Elizabeth Johnson on the 22 September, 1906 at St. Ignatius RC Church, Preston. On the 20 December, 1907 Richard and Elizabeth had their first child, a daughter and they named her Alice Ann. Eighteen months later she was followed by another daughter Elizabeth who was born on 6 June, 1909. In 1911 Richard, Elizabeth and their two daughters were living at 9 Hopwood Street, Preston. Richard was working as a lap piercer in a local cotton mill and Elizabeth was at home looking after the two girls. On the 8 May, 1913 a son was born and they named him Richard.
On the 5 September, 1914 Richard went off to enlist at the age of 28 years and 1 month. His occupation at the time was a labourer working for Messrs. Irvin and Sellers a Wood Turning and Shuttle Manufacturers in Preston. Richard confirmed that he had no previous military experience. The Medical Officer noted that he was 5`5" tall and weighed 116 lbs, he had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was posted into C Company of the 8th Battalion and allocated the service number 13466. The 8th Battalion stayed in England for a year training and growing in strength until the 24th September, 1915 when they embarked for France. Richard was appointed Lance Corporal (paid) on the 11th of July, 1916 when the 8th Battalion had been in action on the Somme. The previous day the Battalion had lost a total of 247 Officers and men who had either been killed, wounded or missing in the area around Ovillers.
On the 12th of October, 1916 Richard was wounded in action and was admitted to No. 22 General Hospital with gunshot wounds. The wounds he received resulted in the amputation of one of his legs but sadly he did not recover and he died at 1 am. on the morning of the 23rf of October 1916.Richard Addison
Pte. Patrick Roach 1st Btn. B Coy Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.14th Sep 1914)Patrick Roach served with B Coy. 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashires.N G Roach
Pte. Charles Walter Gurney MM 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire RegimentMy grandfather, Charles Walter Gurney MM, lost his leg during an act of bravery which involved attempting to rescue another St Helen's fellow soldier, who sadly died of his wounds. Grandad was a stretcher bearer, he was medically discharged 16th June 1917. His award of MM was announced in the London Gazette 14th Sept 1916.J Gurney-Craig
2nd Lt. Harold Theodore Emerson 8th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (d.10th July 1916)My great uncle Harold Emerson was originally in the Royal Engineers and he qualified for his 1914-1915 Star Medal when he went into a theatre of war on 5th November 1914.
He was later commissioned into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was killed in action serving with the 8th Bn. Loyal North Lancs on 10th July 1916, during an attack towards the rear of the village of Ovillers la Boiselle (Somme). The 8th Bn were fighting along a trench towards the rear of Ovillers and were counter-attacked several times and made little progress, resulting in casualties of 247. One of these would have been 2nd Lt H T Emerson. His body was never found and he is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He died aged 18.Wendy Bailey
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 RegimentI 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)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.
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