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The 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.
Battalions during the Great War.
- 1st Battalion
- 2nd Battalion
- 3rd (Reserve) Battalion
- 1/4th Battalion
- 2/4th Battalion
- 3/4th Battalion
- 1/5th Battalion
- 2/5th Battalion
- 3/5th Battalion
- 6th (Service) Battalion
- 7th (Service) Battalion
- 8th (Service) Battalion
- 9th (Service) Battalion
- 10th (Reserve) Battalion
- 11th (St Helens Pioneers) Battalion
- 12th (Service) Battalion
- 13th (Reserve) Battalion
- 14th Battalion
- 15th (Reserve) Battalion
- 16th (Transport Workers) Battalion
- 17th (Transport Workers) Battalion
- 18th Battalion
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Those known to have served with The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) during the Great War.
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- Pte. J. Bell (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Pte. John Henry Benbow (d.17th Oct 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. S. Boam (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Sgt. Thomas William Camps
- Richard Coleman (d.10th June 1917)
- Pte.. Bernard Corrigan MM (d.4th Dec 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. John Fairclough (d.8th June 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. James Edwin Fellows (d.10th Jun 1917)
- L/Cpl. M. V. Findley (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Pte. F. Foster (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Mjr. Brabazon Hubert Fox Read their Story.
- Lt.Col. Malcolm Charles Andrew Green (d.17th Nov 1914) Read their Story.
- Pte. H. Hufton (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Pte. Edward Miller (d.10th July 1916)
- Pte. Walter Charles Miller Read their Story.
- Pte. Frank Moore Read their Story.
- Pte. Joseph O'Brien (d.5th April 1916) Read their Story.
- Private Issacc Thomas Pritchard M Milt. Read their Story.
- Pte. I. Rucastle (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Pte Harry Shellam
- Pte. Alfred A. Smith (d.17th Sep 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Nathaniel Sowerbutts (d.10th Jun 1917)
- Pte. Joseph Tranetr (d.1st Oct 1918) Read their Story.
- Private, then Lance Corpo George Wilding Mons Star (d.22nd/23rd Nov 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. John Arthur Williams Read their Story.
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add,, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.
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.
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.
Private Issacc Thomas Pritchard M Milt. 2nd Btn. South Lancashire RegimentMy 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
Pte. Walter Charles Miller South Lancashire RegimentMy 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.
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.
Pte. Frank Moore 11th South Lancashire FusiliersMy 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.
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.
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.
Pte. John Arthur Williams 7th Btn. South Lancashire RegimentI 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.
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.
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.
Mjr. Brabazon Hubert Fox 9th (Service) Battalion South Lancashire RegimentBrabazon 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.
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.
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