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South Lancashire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Andrews Thomas Joseph. Rflmn. 1/5th Btn.
  • Ayles Frederick Norman. Pte. (d.13th Nov 1914)
  • Ayles Fredrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Nov 1914)
  • Bell J.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Bell Samuel Edward. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.19th Nov 1916)
  • Benbow John Henry. Pte. 1st/5th Battalion (d.17th Oct 1916)
  • Bentley Fred. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th July 1917)
  • Bernes Michael. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Oct 1914)
  • Betts Charles Alfred. Sgt. 7th Battalion
  • Boam S.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Brady John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Jun 1915)
  • Brady Lawrence. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Brady William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.25th Jun 1917)
  • Brewer James Angus. Capt. 9th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Brogan Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Burton R.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Feb 1917)
  • Camps Thomas William. Sgt. 8th Battalion
  • Clift William. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Coleman Richard. 7th Btn. (d.10th June 1917)
  • Corrigan Bernard. Pte.. 1st/5th Btn. (d.4th Dec 1917)
  • Cummings Fred. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1916)
  • Downing Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Feb 1917)
  • Evans Reginald Arthur. 1/5th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1918)
  • Fairclough John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.8th June 1917)
  • Fellows James Edwin. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Ferguson Alexander. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.3rd Nov 1915)
  • Findley M. V.. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Fleming Harry. Pte. 1st Btn (d.14th July 1919)
  • Fleming Harry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Jul 1919)
  • Foster F.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Fox Brabazon Hubert. Mjr. 9th (Service) Battalion
  • Goodwyn Charles Ivor. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Green Malcolm Charles Andrew. Lt.Col. 2nd Batalion (d.17th Nov 1914)
  • Hough Herbert. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Hufton H.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Hulme Samuel. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.6th April 1916)
  • Hutting William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Jones John George. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Oct 1914)
  • Jones R. M.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.21st Dec 1917)
  • Keegans John. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Lewis Griffiths. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Jun 1916)
  • Lofthouse John. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.25th Feb 1917)
  • McCann John. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.25th Dec 1914)
  • Miller Edward. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • Miller Walter Charles. Pte.
  • Moore Frank. Pte. 11th
  • Myers James Thomas. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.3rd March 1915)
  • O'Brien Joseph. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • O'Hare Felix John. Pte 2nd Btn. (d.8th Jun 1915)
  • Parker Robert Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Peacocke Herbert P.. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Pearce Alfred George. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. B Coy.
  • Prescott Richard. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.26th July 1915)
  • Pritchard Issacc Thomas. Private 2nd Btn.
  • Rennells W. J. M.. 2nd Btn. (d.28th March 1915)
  • Rogers John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Mar 1917)
  • Rucastle I.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Saunders George. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Shellam Harry. Pte
  • Smith Alfred A.. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1917)
  • Sowerbutts Nathaniel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Speake John Higgin. CSM. 6th Btn. (d.16th Apr 1916)
  • Speake William Henry. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Thompson Walter. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13 July 1916)
  • Tranetr Joseph. Pte. (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Walsh Patrick. Pte. (d.6th October 1917)
  • Webber Henry. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.21st July 1916)
  • Wignall John. Pte. 11th Btn (d.16th July 1917)
  • Wilding George. Private, then Lance Corpo 7th (Service) (d.22nd/23rd Nov 1916)
  • Williams John Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Yates Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.10th Nov 1915)

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L/Cpl. Alfred George Pearce 11th Btn. B Coy. South Lancashire Regiment

One day in September 1914, three young men went to enlist in the British Army caught up in the fever of war. One of these men was Alfred George Pearce. He, with his wife, managed a public house in Liverpool and had four small children. When he returned home and told his wife, she was furious and said "What did you do a stupid thing like that for!"

In his going away photograph his cap badge is from the Cheshire's but he is recorded as being transferred to 11th Battalion in December 1916. During his training he had to go down the mines to be toughened up. His time in the mines was cut short as an accident resulted in him having a couple of broken ribs. His daughter Ruby told us how she enjoyed peeling his skin from his back after he had a cast removed.

Because he was a countryman from Hampshire originally, he was assigned to the section that looked after the regiments horses. They had at one stage a horse shoe on the back of their jacket. The losses were so heavy they turned the horse shoe round in case it improved their luck. In the end the horse shoe was abandoned. On the march to the front line, they saw some awful sights. Bodies lining the sides of the roads and families trying to escape the ravages of war. During the march forward, they stopped overnight at a French village were they were billeted in a barn full of hay and straw. They all settled down for the night. The hay providing a little comfort as they thought. Next morning they were all coming out in scabies. The Germans had sprayed the hay and straw with the infection before they left the area. Consequently all the regiment had to strip off in the village square, their uniforms burnt, and they were painted with Gentian violets. Not a very pleasant experience, but great amusement to the ladies of the village. He told of their instructions not to attempt to pick up anything like pens from the ground, or kick dead rats, as they could all be booby trapped.

Alfred George Pearce survived the war unscathed and lived to a ripe old age of 98. He always said never go to war even if it means running away to Ireland. Alfred's father, Joshua, was from Ecchingswell in Hampshire. [1901 Census].

Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto


Pte. William Hutting 2nd Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment

Private William Hutting served as N°9849, 2nd East Yorkshire Regiment, 83rd Brigade in 28th Division He changed units at the end of 1915 and went to the Machine Gun Corps with the n°176806. After he changed another time the unit for going to the South Lancashire with the n°8855.

It's the only information have find about this solder. I found his toothbrush near Arras Thanks if you have any another information about this soldier.



Lt. Henry Webber MID. 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.21st July 1916)

Herny Webber was killed in action on the 21st of July 1916, aged 67 and is buried in the Dartmoor Cemetery in France.

Son of William Webber, M.D., and Eliza Webber (nee Preston), he was the husband of the late Emily Webber (nee Morris). Native of Horley, Surrey. For over 40 years a member of the London Stock Exchange. Henry Webber is the oldest known battle death recorded for the First World War.

The WW1 soldier who went to war in his 60s

By Jasper Copping With permission of The Daily Telegraph

In his poem, Wilfred Owen lamented the “doomed youth” who lost their lives in the slaughter of the First World War. But it seems that the ultimate sacrifice was made not just by the young. Almost a century on from the outbreak of the conflict, a tale has emerged of how a 67-year-old soldier became Britain’s oldest known combatant victim. Henry Webber was far older than the maximum age to serve in the army, but had eventually succeeded in lobbying the authorities to allow him to join up. He had been motivated by a desire to serve with his three sons, who were all serving. But in a twist of fate, all three were to survive the conflict, while Webber was to die on the Western Front. His tale has emerged in response to a series of supplements, published by The Sunday Telegraph in advance of this summer’s centenary of the outbreak. His great grandson, Paul Bellinger, also 67, from Woldingham, Surrey, responded to an appeal for readers’ stories. Mr Bellinger, who was raised by his father in South Africa, only discovered the story himself, at the age of 59, when he found his mother had had two more children, in Britain. Along with his newly-found step sister Ann, he has unravelled much of the story of their great grandfather, and has since visited his war grave in France. Mr Bellinger, a producer for the American television show 60 Minutes, said: “What a resourceful individual he was. His is a fantastic story and to find out that I had that sort of history in my family was a great revelation.”

Webber was born in Tonbridge, Kent, in 1849, and was educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College Oxford, graduating in 1870. Two years later, he joined the Stock Exchange - of which he was to remain a member for 42 years. He became a member of the firm of Norman Morris and Co and 1874 he married the eldest daughter of Norman Morris, one of the firm’s senior partners. The couple went on to have four sons and five daughters and settled in Horley. Webber became a very active member of local society, as one of the original members of Surrey County Council and the first chairman of the parish council. He was also involved in the administration of a local hospital, became chairman of directors of the Horley Gas Company and served as a county magistrate, church warden and president of the local Boys Scouts Association. A keen sportsman, he was an accomplished shot, a master of the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt, a talented cricketer - scoring 200 runs aged 59 - a member of the MCC, and the first captain of Gatwick Golf Club. After the outbreak of war, in August 1914, he tried to join his sons in uniform. He was repeatedly turned down, as he was more than 20 years over the age limit.

He first volunteered to serve 'in any capacity’ but when rebuffed he recruited a company of 'rough riders’ - fellow-horsemen like himself - and offered the unit complete to the army. Again, he was turned down. But he persevered was eventually given a commission, on 26 July 1915. Whether this was in recognition of his persistence or because he lied about his age, is unclear. After a brief training period at Park Royal, north west London, he was sent to France as a battalion transport officer. He served with the 7th South Lancs battalion and was apparently accepted by its younger officers. It was said that many comrades were unaware of his true age, although his commanding officer apparently found that his own father and Webber had rowed together at Oxford in the same year, over half a century earlier.

His role involved helping in the build-up for the Somme offensive, which started on July 1st 1916. He and his unit were not involved in the initial attack, but took part in following actions, including the capture of La Boiselle on July 3rd 1916. Two weeks later, on July 17th he wrote a letter to his old school: “Fifty one years ago I got my colours in the XI and last week 51 years ago was bowling against the old boys and looking on some of them as “sitters” and in the “sere and yellow leaf”. “Yet here I am a Lieutenant in HM army having to salute three sons if I meet them out here, a Colonel and two Majors. I am 1st Line Transport Officer to this Battalion and we have been plumb in the centre of the picture during the last ten days and gained no end of “kudos” and also a very severe mauling. “I am so far extraordinarily fit and well, though, when I tell you that for four consecutive days I was either on my feet or in the saddle for twenty one hours, out of twenty four, you will see that there is a bit of work attached to the job.” Four days later, before the letter was received, he was dead. On July 21st the 7th Lancs moved up to relieve a battalion in the front line near Mametz Wood.

That night Henry Webber took supplies as usual with the battalion transport. Leaving his men to unload the horses, he went over to where the commanding officer was talking to a group of officers. However, at that moment, the area - a mile or so east of Albert - came under attack and a shell landed nearby. Webber was among 12 men - and three horses - which had been hit, suffering a head wound. He, along with the others, was taken to a dressing station, but never regained consciousness and died that night, just over a month after his 67th birthday. Following his death, his family received messages of sympathy from the King and Queen and the Army Council, which was unusual for a lieutenant and apparently a reflection of his age and eagerness to serve. His Commanding Officer wrote “He was so gallant and full of energy. We all had the greatest admiration and respect for him.” He was also mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches of the 4th of January 1917.

Within two years, his widow too had died, according to the family having been unable to recover from her husband’s death. The three sons all survived. His eldest, NW (Tommy) Webber CMG DSO (& 9 Mentions in Despatches) rose to become a brigadier general and had a distinguished war career ending up as chief of staff to the commander of the Canadian Corps and was later managing director of the Army & Navy Stores group. The other two were Maj H.H. Webber RGA and Major Leonard Morris Webber RFA.

s flynn


Capt. Samuel Edward Bell MC. 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.19th Nov 1916)

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Samuel Bell died of wounds on the 19th of November 1916, aged 19 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Mrs. and the late Edward Bell, of Holywood, Galloway Rd., Fleetwood, Lancs. Native of Fleetwood

s flynn


Cpl. John George Jones MID 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.15th Oct 1914)

John George Jones was killed in action on the 15th of October 1914, aged 29. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France, he was the husband of H. E. Armstrong (formerly Jones), of 24 Prince St., Haworth Brow, Keighley. Native of Scarborough, Yorkshire, he had lived in Burnley since the age of six.

s flynn


Pte. Harry Fleming 1st Btn South Lancashire Regiment (d.14th July 1919)

Harry Fleming died of Cholera on the 14th of July 1919 and was buried in Nowshera Military Cemetery. He is cCommemorated on the Delhi War Memorial (India Gate) in India.

s flynn


Pte. Patrick Walsh South Lancashire Regiment (d.6th October 1917)

Patrick Walsh was transferred to the Labour Corps. He is buried in the South-West part of the Ardagh Old Graveyard, Co. Cork.

s flynn


Pte. William Clift 13th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

The 13th Reserve Battalion of the Prince of Wales Volunteers, South Lancashire Regiment formed at Oswestry, Shropshire in September, 1915 as a "local reserve battalion". I always thought that my father, 154918 Pte. William Clift had served in WW1 in the Machine Gun Corps but I have a photograph in which he is plainly wearing the uniform and cap badge of the Prince of Wales Volunteers, South Lancashire Regiment. He lived in Shropshire so it is logical that he initially enlisted into this regiment as I understand he was a volunteer. The 13th Bn however was absorbed into the 16th Reserve Brigade in 1916 and this formation remained in this country but provided troops for other units. I have a newspaper cutting from the time of my father's death confirming that he served in the MGC in France and that he was wounded. I would be very grateful if anyone can throw any light on movements from the POW Volunteers South Lancs and from 16 Brigade during WW1 as I am trying to trace his date of enlistment and postings etc and engagements that he was in. Perhaps someone could tell me if I am clutching at straws or if it is worthwhile pursuing.

Michael Clift


Pte. Walter Thompson 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment (d.13 July 1916)

Brother of George Edward Thompson 2nd Devons KIA July 1st 1916 Sommme.

Brother of William Henry Thompson KIA HMS Inefatigable Jutland 31 May 1916

L.T. Watson


Pte. Alexander Ferguson 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1915)

Private Alexander Ferguson of the South Lancashire Regiment was killed by a fragment of a 'Whizbang', while in his fire trench in Ploegsteert Wood, Flanders, on the 3rd of November 1915. He is buried in Rifle House Cemetery.

Colin Hawksford


W. J. M. Rennells 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Rgt. (d.28th March 1915)

Private Rennells was a prisoner at Wittenberg POW Camp. He died on 28th March 1915 during the typhus epidemic in the camp. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XII.C.12


Pte. George Saunders 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

My grandfather George had a short war. He was there where the first shots were fired at Mons and in the next three weeks fought in five named battles, during which his regiment lost half its men to death or wounds. George was badly wounded, pulled from a pile of dead bodies and sent home. His death certificate in 1968 refers to after-effects of his wounds, which he endured for 54 years.

Despite its being only 13 miles from London, George was born and brought up in Old Bexley village, which was rural in those days. My mother says he joined the army, aged 17 in 1908 as a regular, to get away from a house full of women. Curiously, he enlisted in the 2nd South Lancashire regiment, who were based in Tidworth and recruiting in London.

War was declared on 4 August 1914, his regiment was mobilised and 27 officers and 980 men left Southampton for France ten days later. On 22 August they arrived at Mons (battle honour) and that afternoon commenced in action for 36 hours. On 24/25th they were in the fighting retreat (battle honour) and on 26th they stood firm at le Cateau (battle honour) which allowed the other allied units to escape and regroup. 2nd South Lancashires were widely scattered and down to 500 men. They had marched 200 miles, much of which was in battle. Continuing their march they were in the Battle of the Marne (battle honour)on 6 to 8 September. From 10th to 12th they turned and were in pursuit of the Germans who were in retreat, having outrun their supply lines. The Germans entrenched north of the river Aisne and on 15th September, four weeks after arriving in France and three weeks since Mons, 2 South Lancashires gained their fifth battle honour for the first Battle of the Aisne. It was there that my grandfather was wounded. The battalion was 'withdrawn to safety' on 21st September, having been in almost continuous action for 31 days.



2nd Lt. Herbert P. Peacocke 8th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.3rd July 1916)

2nd Lt. Herbert Peacocke, 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment was killed in action at Thiepval on the 3rd of July 1916, Aged 20 years. "He sprang to Duty’s call, He stood the test."

s flynn


Pte. William Henry Speake 1/5th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

Bill Speake was my paternal grandfather. He was born 28th September 1896 and died 23rd July 1982. He was injured twice whilst serving on the Western Front during the war, but he survived and come home to marry and have four children. He and his wife eventually moved to America.

Diane Main


Pte. Fred Bentley 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.19th July 1917)

Fred Bentley died of enteric fever on 19th July 1917, aged 20 and is buried in the Baghdad North Gate Cemetery, Iraq. Fred served as William Hall. He Lived at 122 Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, Lancashire.

S Flynn


Reginald Arthur Evans 1/5th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.17th Sep 1918)

Reg Evans, age 19, was killed in action on Tuesday 17th of September 1918 near Cuichy when a German mine exploded under the shelter where he as taking refuge. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France.

E. Francis


CSM. John Higgin Speake 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.16th Apr 1916)

CSM John Higgin Speake of the 6th Batt. South Lancs Regt. died of wounds in Mesopotamia, his name is on the Baghdad Memorial and a poster received by wife and family. Further information would be appreciated.

Joan Cash


Rflmn. Thomas Joseph Andrews DCM. 1/5th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

My late grandfather Thomas Andrews was listed in the London Gazette on the 2nd of December 1919. He was awarded the DCM for 'Marked gallantry and fearless leadership on the 7th November 1919'.

His personal history was just tragic. He was born in 1893. His mother committed to an asylum when he was 10 months old. His father died 4 years later and he was, after a short stay with aunts, sent to a Catholic children's home. I was unable to track down the name of the home. He surfaced again at 18 in Salford and married a year later, his wife Jane in 1912. They had 2 children, my mother and her brother, Tommy.

He joined up in 1915 and was with the 1/5th South Lancashire Regiment where he obviously served with great bravery. In 1918 his wife died in the Spanish Flu epidemic at the age of 24. He was demobbed in 1920, no job, no wife and the children in the care of his mother-in-law. We, his daughter's children, have little contact with our grandfather, although we did meet with him on occasion, as his mother-in-law had very jealously kept his children to herself.

Thomas married again in 1937 when he was working at a cable works in Prescot, to a lady named Frances Winifred Lewis. They had two boys, Philip and John whom I've unfortunately been unable to make contact since my mother and all the family left England in the late '50's. Through research I found that Thomas died at Oldfield, Whiston in July 1975 at the age of 82.


Pte. Robert Thomas Parker 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers

Robert Parker born in 1892 was the son of Ambrose Parker and Mary Ann Leeworthy. He joined the South Wales Borderers on the 8th September 1903 as 8222 Pte Robert Parker. He married Sarah Amy Esling on the 2nd of July 1912. He was recalled from the reserve 4th August 1914 at Bordon Hampshire and travelled to France. Arriving at Le Havre on the 13th August 1914 with the 1st SWB. He was wounded in the face and lower jaw on the 30th of September 1914, but we do not know where. Robert served time in the Labour Corps with 552 Home Service Employment Corp. Regt No 266475 in July 1917 and also served with the 16th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment. Regt No 64665. in 1918. He was transferred to reserve on the 25th February 1919, listed as Medical Category B11 and holding a Qualification 3rd Class certificate.

Laurence Spring


Pte. John Lofthouse 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.25th Feb 1917)

John Lofthouse died 25th February 1917 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn

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