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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 7: May 2011

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Ninety four years ago in April/May 1917 the battles raged east of Arras.  The cover image (IWM ref Q6228) of British troops boarding buses at Arras after returning from the capture of Monchy-le-Preux was used on the covers of "Cheerful Sacrifice" by Jonathan Nicholls published in 1990 and "Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes" by Stephen Barker and Christ…


17 May 1917 : Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate

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Son of a limestone quarryman from Yorkshire, Dennis was conscripted into service at Otley in 1916. The oldest of four children, Dennis had younger brothers Ferderick and Joseph and a younger sister Ivy. His mother, who was from Ulveston in Cumberland, died in December 1916 before he was posted. After arriving in France in early 1917, Dennis saw a…


30 June 1917 : Cpl Alex Robert Colman

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Alex moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, USA in 1912  Alex then moved to Canada, where he gained employment as a stenographer and enlisted into the Canadian Army at Port Arthur, Ontario on 13 September 1915. Trained at Port Arthur and Gresley Park, he was sent to the UK on 23 November 1915, prior to service in France and Flanders from 21 Februar…


19 October 1917 : Gnr. Henry Clark, 50th Bde, Royal Field Artillery

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Henry was a weaver at Queensgate Mill, Burnley prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the RFA in Blackburn on 22nd October 1915 and, after a year of training in the UK, embarked for service on the Western Front on 19th October 1916. After seeing action during the latter stage of the Battle of the Somme and during the Battle of Arras, Henry was kil…


11 April 1917: Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey

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Only son of Charles and Evelyn (née Browne)  Educated at Chigwell School, and in France. He was good a football, cricket and tennis.  Went to Ceylon 1899 age 20 and eventually became a partner in a Tea Plantation. Joined the Ceylon Rifles and on the outbreak of war returned to England.  Gazetted 12 June 1915; appointed Lieut. 31 October 1916.  …