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11 August 1917 Pte. Foster Yerkess, 2nd Bn Royal Berks Regt.

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Foster Yerkess was born in Earby, Yorkshire in 1896 to parents Jacob and Mary Ellen, both cotton weavers.  At the time of the April 1911 Census, 15 year old Foster, the eldest of three children, was working as a weaver, as was his 12 year old sister Alice who was a cotton weaver and at school 1/2 time. They were living at 25 James St, Earby - th…


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 …


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…


16 November 1917 Pte Joseph Williams died on this day

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Born at Cornholme, Lancashire in 1888, Joseph was a carter employed by Barnoldswick Council prior to enlistment. He was conscripted into service at Halifax on 7 June 1916 and, after training with the 3rd West Ridings, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France on 13 November 1916. After arriving at Etaples, he was attached to 255 Tunne…


30 November 1917 L/Cpl William Dewhurst died on this day

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Born in Helmshore, Lancashire in 1885, William was living at Barnoldswick, where he was employed as a weaver at the time of his enlistment. Enlisting into the 4th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (as 5841) at Keighley in August 1916, when he was 31 and 11 months old, William was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in November of the same yea…


19 December 1917: Pte. John Fort Berry

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Before the war John, the eldest, assisted his father James who was a butcher. He had four younger brothers James, Robert and Frederick.  He enlisted in Morecambe and was drafted out to France in May, 1915.  Exactly a year later sustained a bullet wound in the neck. He had his first leave at the beginning of 1916, and was invalided back home with…


19 January 1916 Pte Albert Edward Waddington

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The eldest of five, Albert married Margaret Alice Lines (known as Martha) when he was just 20 in July 1891. He worked as a 'washing machine fitter' according to the 1911 Census. They had four children: Ivy, William, Albert and Ethel.  Albert and family were living in Padiham, Lancs at the time of his enlistment.  He enlisted in Burnley.  Alber…



12 April 1918 124388 Pte John Thomas Dean, 61st Coy Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

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Born in Padiham, Lancashire John was conscripted into the army in Burnley in 1916. Initially serving as 36184 in the East Surrey Regiment, he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps prior to embarkation on active service. He was killed on 12th April 1918 and reported as missing in action. Having no known grave, John is commemorated on the Ploeg…