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17 October 1916 : L/Cpl Frank Sagar

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His parents George and Emma were both cotton weavers. Married in 1881, between 1884 and 1901 they had nine children, two of whom died has infants. Like two of sisters and three younger brothers, Frank worked in a nearby cotton mill.  At the time of his death the family lived at 7 Ribblesdale Terrace, Barnoldswick.  Frank enlisted into the East Lan…


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4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment

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Only son of Henry Swain and Mary Ann (née Maden). Arthur's father Henry Swain died in 1913.  Arthur was living at 20, North Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment (as 23399 in the East Lancashire Regiment) in early 1916.  He transferred to the 13th Bn Essex regiment after arrival in France in October 1916, Arthur took part in actions on th…


8 May 1917: Pte Arthur Chatterton

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Arthur was working as a wool sorter in the USA at the time of the outbreak of war. Upon the declaration of war, he returned to the UK and worked as a munitions worker near Glusburn, Yorkshire before enlisting into the East Yorkshire Regiment at Cross Hills, Yorkshire in early 1916. He was sent on active service to the Western Front in November 191…


The Somme 1916: Touring the French Sector

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By David O’Mara  Pen & Sword, £14.99, 240pp 32 maps & ills throughout. ISBN: 978–147–389–770–0  ‘Oh, No! Not another book on the Somme!’ Not my words but those of the author. David O'Mara makes it clear that his book is different – and without doubt he succeeds. This is an essential read for those who study the Somme. The French sector …


13 January 1917: Cpl Francis Howard Bell

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The son of Thomas (a commercial traveller, rice and spice) and Elizabeth. In 1911, one of five, Francis was working as an apprentice in a greengrocer. He was living with his family at 19 Norma Rd, Waterloo. Before the war he emigrated to Canada, first to farm but then moving to Vancouver.   Francis initially enlisted into the 15th Bn CEF (Duke…