Search results for East Lancashire Regiment.

9 October 1917 : Sgt 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, B…


17 October 1916 : L/Cpl Frank Sagar

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Franks parents were George and Emma - both were cotton weavers. They had married in 1881 and between 1884 and 1901 they had nine children, two of whom died has infants. Like two of sisters and three younger brothers, Frank worked in a nearby cotton mill.  At the time of his death the family lived at 7 Ribblesdale Terrace, Barnoldswick.  Frank en…


27 May 1918 : Pte George Leonard Collins

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His father James died in 1900, his mother Frances Sophia Collins was from Ireland, died in 1912. 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-Ai…


6 January 1915: Gerald 'Robin' Seckham

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His parents were Gerald Seckham (barrister at law) and Rebecca Mary (known as 'Minnie') (née Adair).   At the 1901 census Gerald junior was eight and he had a sister Nora, age five. They lived at the Lodge in Whittington, Shortlands, Kent. At some point he become known as 'Robin' - clearly as a way to differentiate between father and son.  Te…


19 April 1916: Pte Dennis Cyril Byrne

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The son of John and Elizabeth Fell. At the 1901 Census the family lived on Vicarage Place, Burnley. Dennis had an older brother John and younger siblings Douglas and Florence. At the 1911 Census the Byrne family were still living in Burnely, now on Napier Street. Dennis had another sister by then, Annie. Cousins Vincent and Reginald (adopted)…


19 May 1918 : Pte Benjamin Jackson

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His father was Andrew Jackson (a cotton weaver, and a British subject born on Rhode Island, US), his mother was Sarah (née Holland). At the 1901 the young family lived in Burnley and their father worked as a weaver. Older brother Albert lived with his grandparents (his grandfather a 68 year old cotton spinner, along with his grandmother, great a…


1 July 1916 : Charles Stonehouse

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His father was Francis Stonehouse, a draper and his mother Mary Ann Stonehouse. One of seven children, Charles went on to train as an architect.   At the 1891 England Census that family lived at 32 Adelaide Terrace (all seven children and two live in domestic servants). By the time of the 1901 England Census the family lived at 42 Adelaide Terrace…


13 July 1916 : Gnr William Greenwood

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William was the youngest of six. His father Charles (a cotton cloth looker and later a gardener) died in July 1983 when William was 2 years old. His parents, Charles and Mary had moved to village of Worsthorne near Burnley soon after marring in around 1880. In the earlier census returns for 1881 and 1891 the young family live with Mary’s parents. …


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

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He was the 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.  He enlisted the Artists’ Rifle…


The Wood Brothers of Stacksteads, Lancashire

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Back in 2014, I was helping to plan my brother's stag party. We planned to go to Ypres to visit many of the First World War sites and particularly the Menin Gate. It dawned on me that once there, as a group, we would wonder how many of our fellow Townspeople of Clitheroe were commemorated on Menin Gate and Tyne Cot Memorials. I did some research an…


18 February 1917 : Pte. John Jackson

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He was 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 So…


22 February 1915 Lieut. Henry Francis Heatly

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Henry's parents were artist Henry Heatly and Kate Heatly (née Simmonds) of 89, Tufnell Park Road, London. Henry attended 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 Henry took a great inter…


3 April 1917: Pte Clarence Atkins Brown

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Parents Joseph (a painter and ‘paperhanger’) and Jane (née Short) (a cotton weaver).  At the 1901 Census Clarence, age 4, was living at home (10, West Hill) in Colne with his parents, brother Arthur (3) and sister Eva (1) and his paternal grandmother and a visitor. All the adults worked in the cotton industry.  At the 1911 Census, age 14, Cla…