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17 October 1916 L/Cpl Frank Sagar died of his wounds on this day

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Frank was born in Barnoldswick, Yorkshire in 1895 to parents George and Emma. He would have been a cotton weaver, like his mother, father, two sisters and three younger brothers from the age of 13. Frank enlisted into the East Lancs at Nelson, Lancashire in the first weeks of the war and arrived in France with the 7th Battalion on 18 July 1915. A…


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4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment died on this day

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Arthur Swain was living at 20, North Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment (as 23399 in the East Lancashire Regiment) in early 1916. Transferred to the 13th Bn Essex regiment after arrival in France in October 1916, Arthur took part in actions on the Ancre, at Arras and Cambrai. He was wounded during sporadic shell fire and posted missing…


10 April 1917 219503 Pte Moses Johns, 50th Bn CEF

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Born as St Regis, Quebec on 21 December 1891, Moses was employed as a labourer prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the 80th Bn CEF at Barriefield, Ontario on 9 October 1915 and underwent training in Canada and the UK before transferring to the the 50th Bn CEF in April 1916 with whom he was to see active service on the Western Front. In September…


8 May 1917: 27209 Pte Arthur Chatterton, 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regt

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Born at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire in 1881, 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…


18 May 1917: 20550 Pte (A/Cpl) James Clarke, 11th Bn Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment.

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Residing at 12 Burdett St, Burnley at the time of his enlistment, James was an ironworker by trade. A keen sportsman (both cricket and football), he enlisted into the King's Own on 23 August 1915 and went to France on 3 June 1916. A participant in the Battle of the Ancre and near Villers Plouich, he was badly gassed and died on 18 May 1917 in an AD…


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 …