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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 : Pte Samuel Quinn

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Father George, mother Sarah Jane. At the 1901 Census it would appear that father, mother, Samuel and his 66 year old grandfather were resident in the Chorlton Union Workhouse.  At the time of his enlistment 13 years later the family were at 12 Anne Street, Fullage, Burnley. After enlisting into his local territorial battalion in the early days o…


16 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Williams

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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 Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers in the V…


30 November 1917 : L/Cpl William Dewhurst

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William was the son of Thomas (a cotton mill engineer) and Ann (née Bielby). All the children become weavers, probably working part-time from school as age 12 and full-time shortly after. Thomas Dawson died in July 1906. The children lived at home until they married in their early to mid-twenties.  At the time of the outbreak of war in 1914 Wi…


19 December 1917: Pte. John 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 wi…