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South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)

The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 40th Regiment of Foot (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot and the 82nd Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot.

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Those known to have served with South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) during the Great War.

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Pte. John Henry Benbow 1st/5th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment (d.17th Oct 1916)

I am proud to say that John Benbow was my great uncle. He joined up early by lying about his age. Rumour is that he signed up in Shrewsbury with his friend who was 18. He was the only son of Jonathan and Sarah Benbow who ran he farm at Attingham Estate. Even though the family were proud of him they were also devastated by the fact that he had been accepted. The remainder of the family - 3 girls - had to do their share on the farm plus his chores. He became a casualty in the square at Ypres in 1916 and died as a result of those wounds on 17th October 1916 at the age of 18. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. None of his immediate family ever travelled to visit his grave but that has now been rectified by the remainder of the family who have all been there since.

The only thing we now want to do is to find out what and where he served during those two years as we have no further details. If anyone can be of any help and advice we would be most grateful.

Gail Davies


Private, then Lance Corpo George Wilding Mons Star 7th (Service) South Lancashire (d.22nd/23rd Nov 1916)

George Wilding was my brave great uncle, the only one of 5 brothers to be killed in action. He's buried at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery on The Somme. I wish I knew more about the circumstances of his death but assume it related to the fighting around High Wood.

He had been made a lance corporal on 8 March 1916 and had been injured in the February of the same year, when he accidentally grabbed a bayonet, whilst trying to break a fall from a parapet. He was 22.

Crispin Powell


Private Issacc Thomas Pritchard M Milt. 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

My granfather, Issac Thomas Pritchard, was a career soldier signed up at age of 18 around 1893. He spent over 24 years in the Army.

He had six children with his first wife, only five survived. he was given a discharge in 1917 when his wife died.He remarried and had a further son.

During his 24 years we can trace him as having been in India, Ireland, England and France.It's the France part that is the main interest as we have a copy of the citation when the French Military presented him with the Medale Millitaire on 15th Nov 1914.

Due to the fact his first marriage children went into a home.On his death all his effects went to his son from his second marraige.After his death this medal was, we are told, given to the Regimental Museum then in Warrington. We are very interested in trying to find out what battles he was in and what did he do to get this decoration.

My mother now passed on at 92 along with her twin.

He was also a career soldier in South Lancs and an invalid after Dunkirk.The elder brother died in captivity in Greece 1942 he was Royal Artilitary. I am the eldest in the family of Ivy Margaret Pritchard she married John Thomas Bright

Reg Bright


Pte. Walter Charles Miller South Lancashire Regiment

My grandfather was gassed twice during the war, received shrapnel wounds to both legs and his head. I have a photograph of him whilst at the West Ham Red Cross Hospital, Basingstoke. He did not receive a pension, but until his death in 1948 from lung cancer which we believe was related to the gassing. He was never fully fit, suffering from constant lung infections and femoral thromboses.

Born in Manchester, he was a highly intelligent man of uneducated Irish parentage who taught me to read before I went to school and continued to oversee my education, particularly in the spoken & written word, until his death. A life-long supporter of the Labour Party, he was an early member of the ILP and was elected to the Fabian Society.

Margaret Ellison


Pte. Alfred A. Smith 1st/4th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.17th Sep 1917)

I visited my Great Uncle Alfred Smith's grave in 2012, the first member of family to my knowledge to do so. I was told he died of wounds and was buried in Vlamertinge New Cemetary, but am unsure of the facts. I would like to know all information as all I have is secound hand and passed down information by word not recorded.

John A Smith


Pte. Frank Moore 11th South Lancashire Fusiliers

My Grandad, Frank Moore, always told us tales of getting wounded and going to India and he told me about finding a pair of shiny polished army boots and still inside them were the blown off feet from a soldier.

I can remember three medals that he had when I was a child. One had rainbow colours on the ribbon and the other was blue orange and white. I think the other one was red, white and blue but I am a little hazy on this one after all these years! I got his army information off his wedding certificate of all places, after I had looked in all the places I could think of and when I sent off for his wedding certificate there it all was! He was married as a Private in the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers as stated on his wedding certificate in 17th May 1919 to Eveline Payne in Hinckley Mr Frank Moore, born 22nd October 1898 in Hartshill, Warks and he died on 10th June 1975 in Stapleford, Notts.

Mrs Jane Ball


Pte. Joseph Tranetr South Lancashire Regiment (d.1st Oct 1918)

Joseph Tranter as born in the 3rd qtr September 1895 at Stockend Harescombe Haresfield Gloucestershire. He enlisted at Ross on Wye Herefordshire and was killed in action 1st October 1918 age 22, at the Battle of Cambrai. He served as a Stretcher bearer attached to Kings Shropshire Light Infantry service number 28246 and South Lancashire Regiment service number 452288, Joe is commemorated on Vis en Artois Memorial Pas de Calais France Panel numbe 8 as he has no known grave.

Royce Tranter


Pte. John Fairclough 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.8th June 1917)

John Fairclough went missing in action on the 8th of June 1917 and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Alan Fairclough


Pte. John Arthur Williams 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

I have recently found out that my great grandfather, Arthur Williams served with the 7th Bn, South Lancs. I researched and found his medal card and found he was deployed to France on 15/08/1915. He served from what I can find throughout the war until he was designated a Army reserve (B) in 1919. I am unable to find any further information at this time.

Dan Garratt


Lt.Col. Malcolm Charles Andrew Green 2nd Batalion South Lancashire Regiment (d.17th Nov 1914)

My Grandfather, Lt Colonel Malcolm Green, was not with his Regiment (South Lancashire) on the Western Front at beginning of war, but was in Tidworth training the first cohort of Kitchener's recruits ("K1"). However, on 31st October the senior officers of the Regiment at Ypres were mortared at Hooge Chateau, and killed or severely wounded. My grandfather was dispatched from Tidworth to take command of the 2nd Batalion. He left Tidworth on 8th November, arriving at the Front on 13th November, and was killed 2 kms east of Ypres (near Hooge) on 17th November. Although I have an accurate map of where he fell and where he was buried by his fellow soldiers, by the end of the war there was no trace and he is, therefore, commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Celia Edey


Pte. Joseph O'Brien 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.5th April 1916)

Private Joseph O'Brien Reg.No.300, was my Granduncle and brother to my Grandfather, Private John O'Brien, who also fought in WW1. Joseph's family believed that he died and was buried in France, only discovering 3 years ago that he was killed in action in Mesopotamia(Iraq) and is buried there also. His name is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Panel 23. Although Joseph had no children he will be remembered by his many relatives in Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland and in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Sinead O'Brien


Mjr. Brabazon Hubert Fox 9th (Service) Battalion South Lancashire Regiment

Brabazon Fox rejoined the Army on the 17th of Sep 1914, and was appointed and in Command of the 9th (Service) Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. He served in France and Macedonia.

S. Flynn


Pte.. Bernard Corrigan MM 1st/5th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.4th Dec 1917)

Bernard Corrigan lived at Elliot Street, St Helens before the war. He was employed as a glass blower. He arrived in France on 13 October 1915 and the records show he was awarded the Military Medal. As it was gazetted on 6th January 1917, it seems almost certain, Bernard was awarded the medal for the action on 5th November 1916.

During 4th and 5th November the 55th Divisional Artillery successfully cut two gaps in the wire, each about 25 yards wide; these gaps were kept open during the night by occasional 18 pounder and machine gun fire. Zero was fixed for 12.30 a.m. on the 6th November at which time a rolling barrage was opened on to the enemy's trenches.

Some 12 months later on 30th November 1917 the Battalion were in the line close to Villers-Guisalin. The diary reports that the enemy attacked in large numbers around 7.20 a.m. Many of them worked their way southwards and attacked the battalion from the rear, and long after the enemy had advanced fighting could be seen around Battalion HQ. The fighting qualities of the Regiment were displayed at their best and a wonderful example had been given. It would appear 60 men were killed in this action. None of them has a known grave and they are all remembered on the Cambrai Memorial. About 16 more died of their wounds over the next few days. Amongst them was Bernard Corrigan who died of wounds on 4th December 1917, aged 21 years. He rests in Honnechy British Cemetery.

Lavel Jones


Pte. Lawrence Brady 1st Btn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.9th Oct 1917)

Lawrence Brady, son of Mrs. Bridget Brady, of 8 Newmarket Street, Dublin, was born in Dublin and also enlisted there. Before joining the Lancashire Fusiliers he was 25319, South Lancashire Regiment. Private Brady was aged 19 when he was killed in action in Flanders fighting the Battle of Poelcappelle, and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

S Flynn


Pte. William Brady 11th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.25th Jun 1917)

William Brady was born in Dublin and enlisted at Prescot, Lancs. He died of wounds.

Update: An Internet search suggests William Brady was born in 1898 in Altrincham. His parents were John Finton Brady and Ellen Mary Brady. His father was born in Dublin as was his elder brother but his younger siblings were all born at Altrincham. On the 1911 census the family were living at 2 Chorltons Cottages, George Street, Altrincham, Warrington. His brothers and sisters are listed: John 10, Francis 1, Mary 9, Ellen 6, Patrick 3. From Ancestry service records we see that William was training to be an engineer. He is described as an improver in the iron trade when he enlisted on 12th of July 1915; this was 10 days after his 19th birthday. We learned that his religion was Roman Catholic and that he was 5'3" tall. William was also wounded in 1916, but returned to the front after he was discharged from hospital.

He died of wounds in 1917 and he is buried in Belgium at Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Poperinge. He is also remembered on the town Memorial in Altrincham.

S Flynn


Pte. John Brady 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.6th Jun 1915)

John Brady was born in Castlepollard, County Westmeath, and was living in Dublin when he enlisted in Chester. He died of wounds in Flanders, and is buried in Bedford House Cemetery.

S Flynn


Capt. James Angus Brewer MID 9th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.18th Sep 1918)

James Angus Brewer served with the 9th Battalion the South Lancashire Regiment and died of his wounds on the 18th September 1918. He was the second son of Lt. William H. Brewer (Royal Navy), and Mary Anne Brewer, of 15, Northumberland Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. He died of wounds age 25 and was buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. He was Mentioned in Despatches and Mountjoy School Roll of Honour indicates that he also received the Military Cross.

S Flynn


Pte. Henry Brogan 8th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.7th Jul 1916)

Henry Brogan served with the 8th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) and died of wounds on the 7th July 1916.

S Flynn


Pte. Herbert Hough 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

Herbert Hough was my grandfather. He enlisted in the 7th South Lancashire Regiment in August 1914 at Ashton under Lyne Ladysmith Barracks. He went to France with the regiment July 1915 and was later discharged as no longer physically fit for war on 16th September 1917. Family stories suggest he was exposed to gas?? Sadly he was killed in an industrial accident in 1926 when my mother was five years of age.

Barbara Ann Taylor


Pte. R. Burton 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.19th Feb 1917)

Pte. R. Burton served with the South Lancashire Regiment 6th Battalion. He was executed for sleeping at his post on 19th February 1917 and is commerated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8th November 2006.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Downing 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.19th Feb 1917)

Thomas Downing was executed for sleeping at his post 19/02/1917 age 21 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn


Pte. R. M. Jones 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.21st Dec 1917)

R.M. Jones served with the South Lancashire Regiment 6th Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 21st December 1917 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn


Pte. John Rogers 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.9th Mar 1917)

Pte John Rogers served with the South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 9th March 1917 and is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, in Bailleul, France

The 2nd Battalion was a Regular Battalion which had landed at Havre on 14th august 1914 as part of the 7th Brigade, 3rd Division but on 18th October 1915 was transferred to the 7th Brigade of the 25th Division and then on the 26th October 1915 to the 75th Brigade in the same Division. The 25th Division had been continuously in action on the Somme from 5th July to 22nd November 1916. On the 31st October 1916 Divisional Headquarters moved to Bailleul and the Division assumed responsibility for the Ploegsteert Sector with a frontage of about 6,000 yards from the River Lys to Hill 63, to the North of Ploegsteert Wood.

Private Rodgers was serving with the Battalion actually in the trenches in 1917 when he left his colleagues. The Courts Martial was on 5th March 1917 and he was shot at 6 a.m. on 9th March. He was married and his wife Harriett Rogers lived at 34 Luke Street, Liverpool.

s flynn


Pte. Griffiths Lewis 2nd Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.26th Jun 1916)

Griffiths Lewis was executed for desertion 26/06/1916 and buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Yates QM. 6th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment (d.10th Nov 1915)

Pte. Thomas Yates was my late grandfather who served with the South lancs Regiment. He died on 10th November 1915 and is buried at Green Hill cemetery. Heading north from Anzac you will encounter Green hill and Chocolate hill.



Pte. John Keegans 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

Jack Keegans, a labourer gardener enlisted on 12th Aug 1915, his service number being 31101, with the 21st Battalion, King's Liverpool City Regiment John says his age is 19 yrs old and 1 mth though his actual age was 17 yrs old and 1 mth. He was the son of John & Jane Keegans, of 85 Kingswood Avenue, Aintree, Liverpoool his father was a potter printer in Melling. John was born July 1898 in Glasgow. John transfers to 3rd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment on 4th May 1916.

On 21st May 1916 John was posted to 6th Bn, SLR who were in Mesopotamia though returned 6th Nov 1916 back to 3rd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment due to contracting malaria. On 29th Apr 1917 John got posted to BEF, France initially to the depot then on 2nd May 1917 11th Bn, (Pioneer) SLR followed by a posting to 7th Bn, SLR on 23rd May 1917.

John was involved in the Battle of Messines as part of 56th Inf Bde, 19th (Western) Div who were facing 2nd (East Prussian) Div. John came through the battle unscathed though I don't know what company he was in. John was involved in the 3rd Battle of Ypres being wounded in action with a wound to his left leg (either a gun shot wound 31st Jul 1917 or a sharpnel wound 1st Aug 1917 as I have two pieces of information that dispute this). John was evacuated back to the UK 5th Aug 1917.

John transfers on 21st Dec 1917 to the Royal Tank Corps for the good and benefit of the army service. He was posted to 12th(L)Bn, RTC on 28th Dec 1917 and was involved in the 100 days offensive, being promoted to L/Cpl on 10th Sep 1918. He was demobbed from service 31st Mar 1920.

Peter Keegan


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

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


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


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.



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

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