18105 Private James Carr, 12th Battalion The Kings (Liverpool) Regiment

James was born in Longton around 1897.to James and Dorothy Carr. By 1911, James was working on his father's farm - Hugh House Farm, along with his 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He enlisted in Southport on 5th September 1914, allegedly aged 19 years 9 months. His 'Short Term Attestation' papers show he was 5 feet 3 inches (160cm)tall, weighed 109 lbs (50Kg) and had a 34 inch (86cm) chest. Following his basic training, James landed in France on 24th July 1915. He was reported missing on 4th September the following year and records report that he died of wounds on 5th September 1916 - exactly 2 years to the day from his enlistment. Private Carr is remembered with honour at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France.

23195 Private Henry Dawson, 10th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Born in the village of Banks near Southport in 1891, Henry had 10 siblings although his mother, Alice, had given birth 16 times with 5 of the children dying. By 1911, the family were farming at Whitestake where Henry, now 19 years old, worked for his father, Richard. Henry enlisted in Preston, joining the 10th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment - initially fully manned by men from the Preston area. The battalion was raised in October 1914 as part of Kitcheners Third New Army. They landed in Boulogne, France on 1st August 1915; taking part in numerous battles including; Ancre, First and Second Battle of Scarpe, the Battle of Arleux and, most notably, the Third Battle of Ypres, fought in the famous fields of Passchendaele in July and August 1917. Henry died on 7th January 1918 and is buried at Spoilbank Cemetery in Belgium. Less than a month later, the Battalion was disbanded in France with men being spread to other units, mainly around France and Belgium.

241207 Private Ernest Ivor Eaton, The Lancashire Fusiliers

Ernest was born in Farington in 1893 to William Henry and Mary Eaton. He had 4 sisters and 1 brother. He joined the 1st Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers in Rochdale and was quickly sent to the Western Front where he died on 4th September 1918, age 25, during the opening phase of the major Allied push which later became known as the 100 day offensive which ultimately ledto the end of the First World War. He is remembered at Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium.

Lieutenant John Harrison Gardner, Royal Air Force

Born on 29th August 1898 to Robert and Mary Edith Gardner of 37, Avenham Road, Preston, John was educated at Hutton Grammar School before becoming an apprentice with Messrs William Paley and Co, Preston. He enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment almost as soon as he was old enough on 17th February 1917 aged 18. By September the same year John had been commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps and subsequently joined the Royal Air Force in its formation year - 1918. In 1918, John was posted to 100 Squadron (Night Bombing Section). At the end of the war, the Squadron were responsible for the assessment and transfer of the enemies assets; particularly their aircraft. On the 9th January 1919, John was piloting a German Gotha Aeroplane from Cologne when he got into difficulties and crashed, dying at 20 years of age. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. John was very highly spoken of by his Commanding Officer in an article in the Lancashire Evening Post on 22nd January 1919. At the time of his death, John's mother and father lived in Coronation Villas, Station Road, New Longton.

16762 Private Ernest Hall, 9th Battalion The Cameronian (Scottish) Rifles

Ernest was born in Lea, Nr Preston around 1893 to James and Sarah Hall. Before the war, he lived at Whitestake Post Office with his 8 siblings including his brother John listed below. He worked as a winder in an Electrical Factory. Ernest enlisted in Preston and arrived in France on the 2nd October 1915 in the middle of the Battle of Loos. He died on July 18th 1916 and is buried at Thiepval Memorial.  There are over 72,000 soldiers buried along side Ernest at Thiepval, 90% of whom died at the Battle of the Somme between 1st July and 18th November 1916.

20950 Private John Hall, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

John Hall, brother of Ernest above, was born in 1896 in Whitestake where his family lived at the Post Office. Before the war, John was working as a Pattern Makers Apprentice at Dick, Kerr and Company who manufactured locomotives and tramcars in Preston. After enlisting in Preston in May 1915, John was attached to the 1st / 5th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and sailed to France in 1916. Unfortunately, John was wounded in battle and captured by the German Forces. He died in a German field hospital on Boxing Day 1917 Age 21. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery in Germany.

3957 Gunner Ellis Kirby, B Battery, 331st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Ellis was born in Claughton in 1898 to Thomas and Dorothy Kirby. By 1901, the family lived on Back Lane, Hutton. Ellis had a brother and 2 sisters. By the age of 13, Ellis was working away from home as a general servant on Cuckstool Farm in Woodplumpton where his father originated from. Originally, Ellis joined the Royal Horse Artillery and then transferred to the Royal Field Artillery. He died ‘at home’ on 1st February 1917 and is buried in Inskip Churchyard. The term ‘at home’ referred to the fact that he was in England at the time of his death and had probably returned due to injuries received in battle.

1384 Private Frank Kirby, 5th Battalion Australian Infantry

At the turn of the 20th Century, Frank lived with his father; Edward, Mother; Margaret  and his two older sisters; Elizabeth and Marie, on Sheep Hill Lane, New Longton. The family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia shortly afterwards where Frank worked as a Warehouseman. He had tried too join the army previously but was rejected for 12 months because of his chest measurement. However, with war declared, he was accepted and enlisted in the Australian Army on 17th August 1914. Following basic training, Frank set sail for Europe fighting in Turkey - namely The Dardenelles and Gallipoli from where he was reported missing on 13th May 1915 and died of gun shot wounds to the chest on the 27th June 1915. Private Frank Kirby is buried at Beach Cemetery, Anzac. The gravestone reads: 'Behind All Shadows Standeth God.' The words requested by his mother. Frank's father Edward died shortly after him.

36249 Private John Charles Parker, 11th Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers

John was born in Penwortham in 1893. He was the youngest son of John and Ellen Parker and brother to Harry and Ellen. By 1911, the family were living at Chain House Nurseries in Whitestake, where John worked as a Nurseryman for his father.  Records show that John originally joined the Royal Field Artillery with the service number 137440 and later transferred to the 11th Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers with whom he was serving when he was killed in action on the 7th June 1917, age 24. John Charles Parker is remembered on Panel 33 of the Ypres Memorial - Menin Gate, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Major Thomas Geoffrey Rawstorne, 1st / 1st Lancashire Fusiliers

Thomas was born in Hanover Square, London in 1880 to a true life of privilege; His father, Lawrence was a major land owner in Lancashire and was a Justice of the Peace. His mother, Edith Elizabeth was a member of the Hesketh family of Rufford Hall. As well as the house in London, the family owned Hutton Hall where Thomas lived with his parents, brother, Lawrence, sister, Marjory and more than 10 household staff, including a Governess for the education of the children. Thomas married Margery Wyndham Portal on 24th July 1907. The London Gazette published Thomas’ promotion to Captain in the 1st / 1st Lancashire Hussars on 21st August 1914, the same month the Unit was formed. They operated as mounted cavalry until July 1917 when they were dismounted to serve as regular infantry. This coincides with Thomas relinquishing the rank of Temporary Major. Thomas died from wounds received in action on 31st July 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. He is buried at Bard Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. To this day, Thomas’ descendants remain responsible for the appointment of the Vicar of Longton.

74718 Bombardier Lawrence Seekings, Royal Horse Artillery

Lawrence was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire around 1897. He was one of the twelve children of Harry and Jessica Seekings. The last four of these were born on Station Road, New Longton. The family were well travelled with children being born as far afield as Harrogate, Kent, London and places in between. By 1911, Lawrie was working as a Page in the refreshment rooms at the London and North West Railway Station, Preston. He joined E Battery, The Royal Horse Artillery very early in the war and was in theatre in Western Europe by the 5th November 1914. His rank was Driverinitially, this was more than likely the Driver of horses; each Battery had 228 horses to draw the gun and ammunition carriages. Lawrence was one of a relatively small number of men who were entitled to receive the 1914 trio of medals which included the 1914 'Mons' Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Acting Bombardier Seekings died in England on the 28th September 1915 from wounds received in action. He is buried at Kenilworth Cemetery, Warwickshire - the town of his birth.

437654 Private William Southworth, 15th Battalion Canadian Infantry

William was born on the 1st January 1896 in Farington, the son of Richard and Edith Southworth who ran Pickerings Farm, Charnock Moss, Penwortham. William had a twin sister, Dorothy, as well as four older brothers; Henry, John, Charles & Richard and an older sister, Eleanor. Some time before the start of the war, the family emigrated to Rossington in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where William enlisted on the 23rd August 1915, Age 19. Records show that he was five feet, seven and a quarter inches tall with a thirty two inch chest, had blue eyes and brown hair. William was posted to the 15th Battalion Canadian Infantry, part of the 1st Central Ontario Regiment. He died in France on the 27th November 1916. He is remembered with honour at Villers Station Cemetery, Villers Au Bois, Pas-de-Calais.

9355 Corporal George Thomas Starling, 2nd Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

George was a professional soldier with the Regimental Headquarters at Fulwood Barracks, Preston. He was born in Mullinger, West Meath to Frederick and Annie Starling in around 1894 and enlisted in Mauritius. His father was also a soldier in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  Before the war started, he was stationed in India and travelled directly to East Africa at the start of hostilities. George died on 4th November 1914 and is buried at Tanga Memorial Cemetery in Tanzania on the East Coast of Africa. 48 men of the 2nd Battalion died that day and are buried with George.

8801 Guardsman Daniel Wilding, 2nd Battalion The Scots Guards

Daniel was born around 1895 in Hutton to mother, Elizabeth and father, William. Later, the family moved to Browns Row, off Pope Lane. He had two brothers, William who was eight years older and James who was three years younger. Before the start of the war, Daniel was employed as a Cotton Weaver at a local mill. He enlisted in Preston and was attached to The Scots Guards. He arrived in Belgium on 15th September 1914, which would indicate that he was more than likely initially attached to the 1st Battalion and later transferred to the 2nd Battalion with whom he was serving at the time of his death. Daniel died of wounds suffered in battle aged 19 years, on 18th December 1914. He is buried at Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery, Souchez, France.

 






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