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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 (Anne Street) at the time of his enlistment, Samuel was born in 1894. 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 …


12 September 1916 : Pte William Shaw

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William lived at 61 Finsley Gate in neighbouring Burnley. 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. William was buried in Epsom Cemetery.   12 September 19…


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 died on this day of his wounds

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A weaver from 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. Severely wounded …


25 October 1914 Pte Charles Dixon died on this day

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Born in Burnley, Lancs in 1886, 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 bef…


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 …


15 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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A Special Reservist at the outbreak of war, Alexander was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1890. In civilian life, he was employed 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 Franc…


6000 Gnr William Greenwood, 111th Company, MGC (Inf)

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William was residing with his parents at Church Square, Worsthorne at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting into the East Lancashire Regiment in April 1915, he was sent to the 10th (Reserve) Battalion (and numbered 10/21472) before proceeding overseas with the 8th Battalion (to which he was transferred) serving in France. Soon after arri…


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

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244904 L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt. John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley before the war. A married father of two, he was conscripted into the Army in October 1916 and was sent on active service in January 1917. A participant in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Cambrai in 1917, he also…


32637 Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment

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Born in Burnley in 1897, Arthur Swain was living at 20, North Street in the same town 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 sporadi…


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 was born in Burnley in 1874. He enlisted, in Nelson, 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 …


21 December 1914 : 7927 A/Cpl Simon Bennett, 2nd Bn Ryl Munster Fus.

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Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1884, 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 c…


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. They had a son and daughter, 7 and 5 at the outbreak of war. In 1911 Stephen was sharing accommodation with his young family, his sister and brother. They also…


5 January 1916: L/17062 Gnr Kei Marsh, 148 Bde (County Palatine) RFA

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From his Pension Card we learn that Kei Marsh was married to Edith Ellen and that they had three children under 16. Born in about 1882 in Burnley, Kei was a miner. In 1911 he was boarding with his family at 30 Thorn St, Burnley. The 1911 Census return gives the children as John, Sarah and Edith. They would have been in turn 10, 9 and 5 years old …


8855 Pte John Fawcett, 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

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Born in 1882 and from Burnley, Lancashire 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…


42635 Pte Edmund Hewitt, 1/5th King's Own (Ryl Lancaster) Regt.

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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 Folkestone…


12515 Pte Richard Marsden, 2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

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Of Greenhalgh Street, Burnley, Richard was 40 years of age when he died of wounds received to the north-west of Neuve Chapelle. He is now buried in Merville Communal Cemetery. 19 March 1915 Research by David O’Mara


20737 Pte William Herbert Wigglesworth, 1st Bn.Northumberland Fusiliers

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Of  West Street, Burnley, William was 23 years old when he was killed during a trench raid near ‘Saps 11 and 12' on the Arras-Cambrai Road. He is now buried in the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras. 20 March 1917 Research by David O’Mara


28659 Pte Robert Bruce Smith, 1/4th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment

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Robert lived on Healey-Wood Road, Burnley. He was killed in action near Vraignes during a heavy German attack on his battalion made at 7:30am under the cover of ground mist which enabled the battalion to be almost completely surrounded. Robert was killed during the extremely confused and desperate fighting of the day and his body, originally buried…


6790 Sgt John Robert (Bannister) Lavender

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Robert was born in Burnley in 1880 the son of a nut and bolt maker. He had three young brothers James, Harry, Gilbert and three younger sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. Before the war he had been in the 1st Bn Cameronians serving in Mauritius and South Africa. He was married to Jenny. Sergeant (Bannister) Lavender was wounded whilst on ‘trench holding…


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…


22 April 1916: S/9985 Pte., Pte Frederick Houghton 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

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Frederick was born in 1897. He was a weaver from Burnley, Lancashire. He finally enlisted successfully into the Seaforth Highlanders in Burnley in 1915 after six previous attempts. In April 1916 he was sent as part of a draft bound for the 1st Battalion, in Mesopotamia. On 22 April 1916, having only been ‘in theatre’ for about a fortnight, he wa…


24 April 1917: GS/51615 Pte Edward Harwood, 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers.

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Born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1887, Edward was living at 25,Coultate Street in Burnley at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting in the East Lancashire Regiment (as 27798), he was transferred to the 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers immediately prior to being sent on active service. Edward was killed in action near Gavrelle during the Battle of …


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…


14 May 1918: 57094 Pte. Charles Henry Barrett, 9th Bn, North Staffordshire Regt

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Charles was born in 1893. He was a miner from Burnley, Lancashire,  He was conscripted into service in October 1917 and served at the front as from April 1918. Trench holding in the Hebuterne Sector, he was wounded in action in May 1918 and died of wounds in hospital at Rouen on 14th May 1918. Charles is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Ro…


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…


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 : 13099 A/Cpl. James Albert Jackson, 7th Bn. East Lancashire Regt.

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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…