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19 September 1918 : Signaller John Ashworth

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John Ashworth was born in the spring of 1898 to Joseph and Margaret Ashworth. Two years later at the 1901 Census that family, sons Frank (4) and John (2) are living on Woodhouse St, Burnley. Both mother and father are work at the mill. Mother-in-law and sister-in-law lived with the family.  At the time of the April 1911 Census, and still only 12, …


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…


29 September 1918 : L Cpl John Wade

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John was a warehouseman at Woodward's Mill, Burnley, Lancashire before the war, John was conscripted into service in April 1916, he initially served on the Western Front with the DCLI with whom, as Private 27452, he was wounded three times. After convalescing back in the UK following his third wounding, John was transferred to the 12th Glosters w…


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

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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 a weaver at Woodbine Mill, Sycamore Avenue, Bur…


25 October 1914 : Pte Charles Dixon

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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 before falling in action near Le …


29 October 1914 : Pte John Bradley

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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 …


8 November 1914 : Sgt Martin Brennan

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Son of Martin and Elizabeth Brennan, he came from a large family.  Age 17 months in 1881 the infant Martin lived with his Irish born father Martin, his mother Elizabeth ‘May’ and grandmother, two older children aunt and no fewer than five lodgers. All the adults worked in the woollen industry. Age 11 in 1891 Martin lived with his parents at 21 As…


9 November 1917 : Pte John Wood

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Father John Wood was a pit-worker and mother Betsy a cotton weaver.  In 1901, John, age 10, lived with his four siblings and parents at 6 Sydney St, Burnley. His father John, was then a a rag dealer working on his 'own account'. John’s  12 year old brother George was already in the mill working as a cotton weaver. In 1911, John, age 20, now one…


14 November 1916 : Pte Arthur Henry Sharples

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His parents were William John Sharples (an assistant newspaper printer) and Lucy Jane (née Pomroy).  Age 4 at the 1901 Census Arthur lived at home (4 Simpston Street, Burnely) with his parents and older siblings William, Maud, May, Frances and Mary.  Age 14 at the 1911 Census, Arthur (working as a weaver) lived at home with his widowed father, hi…


20 November 1917 : Pte Stephen Carroll

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The son of Luke Carroll (a brick maker) and Amelia Ann (née Walsh).  Stephen enlisted into the Special Reserve on 20 July 1914. Age 5 at the 1901 England Census, Stephen lived with his parents, his father Luke now a brick seller and infant brother and four boarders in Burnley.  Age 15 at the 1911 England Census, Stephen still lived at home, with…


22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab

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Parents Alexander (a blacksmith from Argylshire) and Janet (née Wardrop and from Stirlingshire) McNab. At the 1891 Census the family lived at 20 Buck St, Burnley. This included older brother William (age 2) and Alexander (six months). At the 1901 Census there were five more children (including twins) and 12 year old William was working as a cotto…


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

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Only son of Henry Swain and Mary Ann (née Maden). Arthur's father Henry Swain died in 1913.  Arthur was living at 20, North Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment (as 23399 in the East Lancashire Regiment) in early 1916.  He transferred to the 13th Bn Essex regiment after arrival in France in October 1916, Arthur took part in actions on th…


6 December 1917: Pte Walter Catlow

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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 : Cpl. Stephen Healey

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Stephen Healey was a coal miner and later a 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, their 4 year old son Walter, and his sister and brother (she worked in turn in a cotton mill and he was in a mine). By the ti…


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…


19 November 1917 : Sgt James William Blake

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Of 1 King Street, Burnley, James enlisted into the 5th Bn East Lancs (Regtl. Number 2991) on 15 October 1914. A book-keeper by trade, he was also associated with the town's theatrical businesses on a part-time basis. After volunteering for active duty, he proceeded overseas in March 1915, serving in Egypt and Gallipoli with the 1/5th battalion be…