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John Hendry served in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the Great War. John enlisted in the 7th (Service) Battalion, also known as the Preston Pals, on 29th August 1914. This was two days before the general announcement called for men to enlist in the new ‘Pals’ battalion. He was given the service number 12221.

‘It is proposed to form a Company of young businessmen, clerks, etc., to be drawn from Preston and the surrounding districts, and be attached, if practicable, to a battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Will those who would like to join apply here any afternoon or evening this week – the earlier the better. Town Hall, Preston – Cyril Cartmell 31st August, 1914”


John was 19 years old and had been working as a rubber worker. He had no previous military experience.

Quick to impress, on 7th April 1915 he was appointed Lance Corporal.

He landed in Boulogne on 17th July 1915.

On 19th February 1916 he reverted to the rank of Private at his own request.

On 1st April 1916 he was evacuated to the Field Ambulance (no further details). Trouble came in August that year when he was punished for turning up drunk to parade in the trenches at 20:15 hrs.

Between 24th March – 3rd April 1917 he was granted leave to England.

In 1918 he was posted into the 2/5th (Territorial) Battalion. Whilst with the 2/5th, and possibly earlier, he was a drummer (band).


On 8th February 1918 John married Margret (nee Finch); they lived together at 20 Yarrow road, Chorley.

John Hendry was still serving in France at least until March 1919 (Boulogne); he was later discharged to Class Z Army Reserve.

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