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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 …


14 November 1916 Pte Bertie Adams was killed in action on this day

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A weaver at Duckworth's Mill, Kelbrook, Bertie was born at Foulridge, Lancashire in 1895. He enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment at Nelson in 1915 and was sent to the Western Front in August 1916 where he was thrown straight into the Battle of the Somme. On the opening day of the Battle of the Ancre, Bertie took part in the successful openi…


27 May 1918 : Private George Leonard Collins

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In 1966, I visited for the first time, the grave of my grandfather, George Leonard Collins, in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. Image: Grave of Private George Leonard Collins 204071 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. My grandmother had never been able to make the journey due to ill hea…


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…


10184 Pte Martin Durkin, 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment

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Of Hatter Street, Burnley, Pte Durkin was mortally wounded by shell fire whilst out of the line near Rouge-Croix on 14 March 1915. He succumbed to his injuries on 17 March whilst at the ‘Rawalpindi British General Hospital' at Wimereux , where he is now buried in the communal cemetery. He was 23 years of age. 17 March 1915 Research by David O’Mar…


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…


19 May 1918 : Pte Benjamin Jackson

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Father Andrew (cotton weaver), mother Sarah (née Holland). At the 1901 the young family lived in Burnley and their father worked as a weaver. By the 1911 Census his father had died (he died in 1903), and his siblings are either working in a cotton mill or down the mine. Benjamin, age 17 was a hewer (below ground) at this time.  According to his S…


1 July 1916 : Lieut Charles Stonehouse, W Coy 11th Bn East Lancs Regt.

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A keen sportsman, he played amateur football for Blackburn Crosshill FC and also represented his town at hockey. Charles enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Accrington on 17 September 1914 as a private and was issued with the regimental number 15360. Not long after enlistment, he was promoted to Lance Corporal before being recommended for…


13 July 1916 : 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…


6 February 1917 : 2nd Lieut (Res) Leon Alfred O’Meara

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Only son of Major Walter O’Meara of 11 Talgrath Rd, West Kensighton, former Barrister and mother Annie Mary (née Mackinnon). Educated at St. Edward’s Oxford. Four years a member of the Officers Training Corps and intended entering Pembroke College, Oxford in the autumn of 1916 to study Engineering.  Enlisted the Artists’ Rifles 9 Jan 1916 obtai…


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…


22 February 1915 Lieut. Henry Francis Heatly

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Parents, artist Henry and Kate Heatly (née Simmonds) of 89, Tufnell Park Road, London. Educated at University College School, where he was the best shot, shooting for the school three successive years in the Ashburton Competition at Bisley and then London University. Both at school at university he took a great interest in the Officer Training Cor…


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 …