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19 September 1918 : Signaller John Ashworth

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37152 Signaller John Ashworth died of his wounds on this day John Ashworth was born in the spring of 1898 to Joseph and Margaret, 46, Cleaver St, Burnley, Lancashire.  By the time of the April 1911 Census, and still only 12, John was a part time weaver while still attending school. There were 7 in the family, living in the 4 rooms of 84 Waterbarn …


14 August 1915 : 2265 Pte Samuel Quinn, 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment

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From Burnley, Lancashire where he was still resident (12 Anne Street) at the time of his enlistment. After enlisting into his local territorial battalion in the early days of the war, he landed at Gallipoli in May 1915 and fought in two of the Battles of Krithia. Wounded in August 1915, Samuel died at sea whilst on board the hospital ship SS Fermo…


12 September 1916 : Pte William Shaw

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William lived at 61 Finsley Gate in neighbouring Burnley and was married to Catherine. They had no children.  He enlisted soon after the declaration of war. He arrived in France after training in early 1916 He was severely wounded and returned to the UK where he he died of his wounds in hospital on 12 September 1916. He was 36 years old. Willi…


14 September 1914 : Pte Ernest Scott

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Ernest was a warehouseman at Spring Mills at Wheatley Lane near Burnley prior to the outbreak of war. A pre-war reservist, he was recalled to duty on 4 August 1914 and embarked for France within a fortnight of the declaration. A veteran of the Battles of Mons and the Marne, he was severely wounded by shrapnel shattering his arm during the Battle o…


3 October 1916 : Pte John Henry Hargreaves

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A weaver from Bivel Street, Burnley, Lancashire. John was also a keen footballer and secretary of the Burnley and District Junior Football League. He enlisted into the 3/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in early 1916 but was transferred to the North Lancs whilst at Witley in Surrey, prior to embarking on overseas service in August 1916. …


9 October 1917 Sgt Charles Edgar Salmon died on this day

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Born at Albany Terrace, Burnley in January 1896, Edgar was educated at St Mary Magdalene's School in the town before going on to study art at Burnley Technical College where he became a prominent member (and a local champion swimmer) of Burnley Swimming Club and Drum Major of Burnley Boy's Club. At first a house painter, by 1911 he was employed as …


25 October 1914 Pte Charles Dixon died on this day

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Born in Burnley, Lancs in 1888, Charles originally joined the Army in early 1904 and was a reservist still living in the town (37 Old Hall Street) at the time of his re-enlistment in Preston in August 1914. Arriving in France (Le Havre) with the 1st Battalion on 22nd August 1914, he took part in the Battles of Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne b…


29 October 1914 Pte John Bradley killed in action on this day

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Living at 113 Sandygate, Burnley at the time of his re-enlistment in August 1914, John had originally seen boy service with the Manchesters since late September 1901. A recalled reservist, he landed in France on 8 October 1914 seeing service in the area of Richebourg. Whilst holding the line in the vicinity of Festubert on 29 October 1914, John's …


14 November 1916 : Pte Arthur Henry Sharples was killed on this day

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A cotton weaver from Burnley, Lancashire, Arthur was born in the town in 1898. Resident on Berry Street, Burnley, he enlisted into the Army in September 1914 but, due to his age, saw his active service deferred until 1916 when he travelled to France to join the 7th Bn East Lancs on the Somme. Arthur served throughout much of the Battle of the Som…


20 November 1917 : Pte Stephen Carroll was killed in action on this day

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From Burnley, Lancashire, Stephen enlisted into the Special Reserve on 20 July 1914. A foundry worker by trade, he was in Plymouth at the outbreak of war. Appointed Lance Corporal with the 3rd Bn East Lancs, but he gave up his stripe upon transfer at Winchester to the 2nd Battalion (with which he moved to France in November 1914). Stephen was wou…


22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab was killed in action on this day

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Before the war Alexander worked at West's Mill, Harle Syke but had enlisted into the 3rd East Lancs at Blackburn in 1911 and was in camp at Workington when news of the outbreak of war came through. Immediately mobilised into service, he arrived in France on 26 August 1914 and joined the 1st Bn East Lancs during the retreat from Mons. After serving…


L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt

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Son of John (a cotton weaver) and Sarah.  At the 1901, age 13, along with is older sister and father, John was working as a cotton weaver. Ten years later John is living with his mother at 100 Robinson Street, Burnley.  The area has been run down for some decades.  John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley be…


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…


6 December 1917: 12177 Pte Walter Catlow, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt

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An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow  He enlisted into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the Battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1…


21 December 1914 : A/Cpl Simon Bennett

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After a number of years as a coal miner, Simon Bennett had enlisted into the army in 1904. After spending most of his service in India, Simon returned home and, while still held on the reserve, he became employed as a miner at the Towneley colliery in Burnley. He had just entered the final year of his reserve commitment (and was temporarily workin…


1 January 1918 : 240840 Cpl. Stephen Healey

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Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1881, Stephen Healey was a coal miner turned town corporation labourer.  He was married to Ada Wilson, a cotton weaver, and lived at 57 Marlboro' St, Burnley. In 1911 Stephen was sharing accommodation with his young family, a 4 year old son Walter, and his sister and brother who worked in turn in a cotton mill and mi…


5 January 1916: Gnr Kei Marsh

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He was a miner. In 1911 he was boarding with his family at 30 Thorn St, Burnley. From his Pension Card we learn that Kei Marsh was married to Edith Ellen and that they had three children under 16. The 1911 Census return gives the children as John, Sarah and Edith. They would have been in turn 10, 9 and 5 years old at the time of their father's de…


13 February 1915: Pte John Fawcett

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John was a recalled reservist who had originally enlisted in 1902. At the time of the outbreak of war he was a cotton weaver, married to Mary Jane and had three children and living in Barnoldswick. Serving in France and Flanders since September 1914, John was killed in action at ‘Snipers House', Le Touquet on 13 February 1915. He is  buried at Tan…


9 March 1917: Pte Edmund Hewitt

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Married to Caroline on 8 August 1914, Edmund Hewitt was living at 27 Milton Street, Burnley, Lancashire, when he enlisted in September 1916. He was a member of Burnley’s Lads Club and a weaver a Kippax and Redman.  His WWI Medical Record gives him as 5ft 5 ¼ and weighing 8 stone (or a little under 51 kg). Edmund went out to France via Folkesto…


27 March 1915 : Sgt John Robert Bannister

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The son of a nut and bolt maker. John had three younger brothers James, Harry, Gilbert and three younger sisters, including Mary and Elizabeth. Before the war he had been in the 1st Bn Cameronians serving in Mauritius and South Africa.  Sergeant (Bannister) Lavender was wounded whilst on ‘trench holding' duties near Bac St.Maur on 23-25 March. He …


19 April 1916: 5179 Pte.Dennis Cyril Byrne, 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

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A labourer in a pipe-works in his civilian life, Dennis was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1894. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in October 1914 and, after training was allocated to the 1st Battalion. Arriving on the Western Front on 25 October 1915, he joined his battalion at Hedauville, Somme and was soon…


30 May 1918 : Francis Brunt

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Francis Brunt was a hairdresser in business on Trafalgar Street, Burnely. He lived with his young family at 58 Nairne Street, Burnley, Lancashire with his wife Amy who he had married in September 1914.  Francis enlisted in Blackburn on 28 April 1915. He had two young children. After being held on home service duties, Francis embarked for France…


7 July 1916 : 4675 Pte. William Edward Foster, 12th Bn Manchester Regiment

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In February 1908, he had enlisted in his local Territorial artillery battery and had only just completed his service terms in 1914. When war broke out, William enlisted into the Manchester Regiment in Nelson, Lancashire and served with the 12th Battalion on the Western Front as from 16th July 1915. Serving in the southern Ypres Salient for much of…


12 July 1916 : A/Cpl. James Albert Jackson

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James was living in neighbouring Burnley where he was employed as a ring jobber in a cotton mill. After enlisting into the East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in September 1914, he embarked for France on 18 July 1915 and spent the major part of the year in the Festubert and Neuve Chapelle sectors (including taking part in the Loos diversionary act…


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…


18 February 1917 : Pte. John Jackson, 9th Bn. Suffolk Regt.

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Employed as a cotton weaver prior to the war, he was conscripted into service in 1916 and initially joined the East Lancashire Regiment (as 28410) in Preston before being transferred to the 11th Bn. Suffolk Regiment for active service. Serving on the Western front from mid-1916, John saw action in the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme befor…


3 April 1917: Pte Clarence Atkins Brown

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Parents Joseph (a painter and ‘paper hanger’ and Jane (née Short) (a cotton weaver).  At the 1901 Census Clarence, age 4, was living at home in Colne with his parents, brother Arthur (3) and sister Eva (1) and his paternal grandmother and a visitor.  At the 1911 Census, age 14, Clarence lived at home with his six younger siblings. He was working …


23 June 1917 : Pte Sidney Crossley

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Parents Herbert (a dock foreman working for a canal company) and Ellen (a cotton weaver). One of only two children at the Census in 1901 and living at 29 Greenshaw Street, Burnley. Ten years later parents and two children are now living at  134 Everly Street, Nelson. Both Sidney (age 20) and his sister Annie (15) are weavers in a local mill.  Aft…