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17 October 1916 : L/Cpl Frank Sagar

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Franks parents were George and Emma - both were cotton weavers. They had married in 1881 and 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 en…


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4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain

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He was the only son of Henry Swain and Mary Ann (née Maden). Arthur's father  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…


8 May 1917: Pte Arthur Chatterton

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Son of Jabez, an agricultural labourer and Maria (née Brant) Chatteron, born into a family of boys: Arthur had four older brothers at the time of his birth. By the 1891 Census, although only 10 years and 9 months old, Arthur, like three of his older brothers, was working as a worsted spinner.  The family lived at 62 Brunsgill Houses, Glusburn. B…


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: A/Cpl Francis Howard Bell

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The son of Thomas Burice Bell (a commercial traveller selling rice and spices) and Elizabeth. At the 1901 Census young Francis (he was 6) was at home with his parents, older siblings (ages 3 to 18) and a 26 year old governess.  In 1911, now 16, Francis was working as an apprentice greengrocer. At the time he was still living with his family at …