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Private Edward McPartlin

Civilian Occupation: Common Bank Bleachworksmcpartlin1mcpartlin-text
Edward McPartlin was 21 when he died at Vimy Ridge on 11/4/1917.

His sacrifice is recalled at the ARRAS MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/29b. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:
Edward McPartlin was born in the last quarter of 1896. His mother’s maiden name was McPartlin, suggesting an illegitimate birth. He worshiped at the Roman Catholic Parish Church of Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Served in France with the 10th Battalion, where he was wounded. Took part in the battle of the Somme. Chorley Guardian article of 5/5/1917 differs age of 20, adding occupation and address of 80 Standish Street. He was employed at Common Bank Bleachworks. The lieutenant in McPartlin’s platoon expressed his sympathy for her, and states that her son, who was highly respected by officers and men, died a hero’s death.

Arras – 10th / 11th April 1917
During the night, orders were received that the L.N.Lancs were to continue the advance and attack at 05:00hrs going through East Lancs and attacking the trenches, having as our objective the ‘Green Line’ and in particular the wood (Tilloy).

Arras – 11th April 1917 – 05:00hrs

The Battalion having previously got into position for such advance, almost immediately came into full view of the enemy and was met with very heavy machine gun and shell fire.

Arras – 11th April 1917 – 05:30hrs

We received orders not to advance until barrage opened. By this time, we had carried by assault, the enemy trench in front (east of Sunken Road) and were establishing ourselves in shell holes 100 yards further east.

It was at this time that Captain Peskett, 2nd Lieutenant Ibbotson and 2nd Lieutenant Goodman were killed.

During this assault, we suffered very heavy casualties and were being enfiladed from Monchy Le Preux. The right flank, perceiving that they were in the air and appreciating the fact that if it remained as such, there was a likelihood of their being outflanked, boldly determined to risk all and assaulted a small trench running southwards from Cambrai Road in the direction of Guemappe and about 30 yards east of Sunken road before mentioned.

A tank apparently also appreciating the situation in a like manner, came to their aid.

On obtaining possession of the trench, Corporal Leonard and Lance Corporal R. Dinwoodie and six men were all that was left. These eight men boldly bombed along the trench southward killing more than a dozen Bosche, taking three prisoners and found themselves in complete possession. To their almost surprise, seven Bosche officers miraculously appeared apparently from nowhere. This was not a time to stand on ceremony, whereupon the officers suffered the same fate as their men. Two machine guns were captured in this gallant assault, but as the new garrison were so weak in numbers and fearing that they might eventually be in their turn evicted, they blew them up.

These men retained possession of this trench as did also Captain Gravett, ably assisted by Second Lieutenant Deacon (being the only two officers now left) and CSM Webster with sixty men, made themselves masters of the situation of the corresponding trench running northwards from the Cambrai Road. Here the garrison remained throughout the day, although there were signs of the enemy massing for a counter attack from the south.

It was about this time that Second Lieutenant Parker died after being badly wounded.

The Commanding Officer and Adjutant, having collected enroute stragglers of all Battalions to the number of about fifty, arrived on the scene. By this time, and with the assistance of the these reinforcements, Captain Gravett was the complete master of the situation. From this time onwards, reinforcements of officers and men from other Battalions kept arriving.

Arras – 11th April 1917 – 13:50hrs

The Commanding Officer sent in a report to the General informing him that the situation had improved considerably and he had made plans for bombing parties to proceed along both sides the Cambrai Road and to attack the enemy trench after nightfall, which was about 300 yards in front of our line, as it was not deemed advisable at the moment to advance further, knowing full well that we were well in advance of all troops on our right and left, besides which in our present position we had command of a good field of view.

During this period Second Lieutenant Deacon received two wounds, but would not desert his Captain or his men.

About three hours after entering the trench, some of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, acting as Infantry, came up on their left. This gave them some breathing space.

During this time men of the East Lancs and 10th L.N.Lancs oozed from shell holes and thickened the line of fire to our front line and could also enfilade the enemy on our right where the troops on that flank would advance further.

Arras – 11th April 1917 – 17:00hrs

We received orders that we would be relieved at 18:30hrs and immediately informed Captain Gravett to hold himself in readiness to be relieved. This relief was not completed until 01:00hrs. The men being in a very exhausted condition withdrew to Tilloy where we spent the remainder of the night.

Tilloy Wood – 12th April 1917 – 08:00hrs

Roll Call. Only a few of the brave fellows left. Our loses were estimated at 13 Officers and 286 men. That is over 60% of our fighting strength.

His Service Record gives age as 19 on Attestation paper but date has been ripped. “301 days = 4 Nov” has been added which suggests he was nearly 20 but paper printed text is very faded. Occupation is given as “Labourer”. Service noted as starting 1/9/1914, supporting above and suggesting this matched the missing attestation date. Agrees date of death. His effects were sent to his mother, Mrs Margaret Beardwood at 4 Pendle Street, Sabden, on his death.

The 1911 Census has him at at 95 Standish Street: Rose Ellen McPartlin (43, Head, Rover, Cotton Mill Card Room, Born in Chorley), Agnes McPartlin (23, Sister, Rover, Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley) and Edward McPartlin (14, Nephew, Reeler, Spinning Mill, Born in Chorley).

The Chorley Guardian of 5/5/1917 gives official notification of his death. It names his mother as Mrs Beardsworth [Beardwood] of 80 Standish Street, Chorley. His mother Margaret Ann McPartlin, married Private Robert Beardwood [CMB/II/25]. Margaret Ann McPartlin and Robert Beardwood were married by Registrar in Chorley in 1910.mcpartlin2

The 1911 Census gives his mother’s address as address as 80 Standish Street. Robert Beardwood (38, Head, General Labourer, Born in Weelton, Chorley), Maggy Ann Beardwood (37, Wife, Card Loom Hand, Married under 1 year, no children [from this marriage], Born in Chorley).

His aunts, with whom he was living in 1911 were related to other casualties. Edward McPartlin was related to William Durkin [CMB/II/15a] through the marriage of his uncle, Patrick McPartlin, to William’s sister, Ann. Edward McPartlin’s aunt, Margaret Ann Beardwood, was the wife of Robert Beardwood. Edward’s aunt, Agnes McPartlin, had been a witness to the brother of William Durkin, John Durkin’s marriage.

mcpartlin3Rank: Private
Service No: 12741
Date of Death: 11/04/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

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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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One Response to 12741 PTE. E. MCPARTLIN. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Mick Huggett says:

    Excellent work, I have this man’s 1914-15 Star in my collection. Lest We Forget

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