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William Moss enlisted in Preston on 1st September 1914. He was 31 years 6 months old and had been working as a fireman at Horrockses Crewdson and Co. He had no previous military service.

William began his service in the 10th Battalion before being posted into the 3rd Battalion in December 1914 and from there into the 1st Battalion upon sailing to France on 4th January 1915. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Moss (nee Scott) of 3 Westmoreland Street, Preston was his legal next of kin. They had married on Christmas Day 1909 and had two children; Jane and George.

Private William Moss was killed in action on 29th November 1915. He is remembered on Le Touret Memorial.

1st Battalion War Diary: 29th January 1915

At 08.30 the enemy made a violent attack along the whole line from the KEEP to the French trenches. We were very heavily shelled in the Reserve trenches and billets. The attack was repulsed by the Sussex and Northamptons who took some prisoners and killed a large number of Germans.

We dug in the second line all day and ‘C’ and ‘B’ Coys went up into close support at CUINCHY. The enemy did not renew the attack and we had a more or less quiet day.

At 6pm we were relieved by the Cameron Highlanders and, less 90 men left as a fatigue party, the Battalion withdrawn to BEUVRY and went into billets there for the night. The men are in a bad state and it is a very good thing to get them out of the firing line for a period.


Rank: Private
Service No: 12944
Date of Death: 29/01/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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