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Civilian Occupation: Ellerbeck Collieryjohn hacking 12739 john hacking 12739 CMB

John Hacking was 27 when he died of wounds on the Somme on 15th November 1916. His sacrifice is recalled at COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/19b. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:
Enlisted 3rd September, 1914, and served in France and Belgium. Took part in the Passchendaele, Somme, Trones Wood and Vimy Ridge Battles, and was wounded twice.

The Chorley Guardian has a photograph 16/12/1916 and photograph of 9/12/1916 which adds his address as 15 Beacon Street.

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War gives his birthplace as Rishton, Lancashire, enlisting in Chorley. He is not at this address in the 1911 Census. There is a family in Rishton with a John Henry Hacking but there is insufficient evidence to confirm this connection.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effescts confirms the date of death in France. It names his wife as Edith, with “Guardian of Child” given as Sarah J Goulding. [A Sarah Jane Harrison married Ralph Goulding at St George’s Church, Chorley, in 1906 – Lancashire BMD]. A John Hacking married Edith Worsley at St James’ Church, Chorley in 1912. though this is not necessarily the same person.

Rank: Private
Service No: 12739
Date of Death: 15/11/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Cemetery: COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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