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John William Rogerson, a single labourer from Chorley, Lancashire enlisted in the Army on 4th September 1914. He was 19 years 7 months old.

John was posted into the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the number 13348.


Cpl John William Rogerson, Jan – Jun 1917

At his enlistment medical the officer described him as being 5ft 7in tall, weighing 173lbs, being of fresh complexion with hazel coloured eyes and brown hair.

John sailed to France with the main body of the Battalion embarking at Folkstone on 25th September 1915.

On 11th November 1915 John was admitted to hospital via No 75 Field Ambulance, he rejoined his Battalion on 14th December. There is no entry in the 9th Battalion War Diary that day, but as can be seen below, they were in the trenches at “Seven-Trees Redoubt’.


9th Battalion War Diary: November 1915

On 9th October 1916 he was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal and the next January to Corporal. In June 1917 he was appointed Acting Serjeant; all of these promotions ‘to complete the establishment’ with the Battalion having lost so many man over this eight month period.

Between 22nd and 31st January 1916 John had a period of leave for which he was permitted to return to England. Shortly after he returned, on 5th February he was severely reprimanded for ‘neglect of duty’ – no further details.

On 23rd April 1917 he was admitted to hospital with scabies and dermatitis, rejoining the Battalion on 13th May.

On the 7th June 1917, during the Battle of Messines, John sustained gunshot wounds to his shoulder and his knee. He was evacuated from the battlefield via No 53 Casualty Clearing Station and transported to No 20. General Hospital. The officer casualties for that day are recorded in the 9th Battalion War Diary, there is no mention of other ranks until mention is made to the losses for the whole of June at the end of the month;

7thjun17-9th bn

Officer casualties for 7th June 1917 – 9th Battalion War Diary


Total Casualties for June 1917 – 9th Battalion War Diary

Ten days after being admitted to hospital, on 17th June 1917, Serjeant John Rogerson succumbed to his wounds at No 20. General Hospital, Camiers Dannes.


No 20. General Hospital, Camiers Dannes, France

His mother, Mrs Mary Ann Rogerson took receipt of her late son’s person efforts that November;

  • 1 x letter
  • 2 x wallets
  • Photos
  • Religious medallions
  • 2 x coins
  • 1 x rosary
  • 1 x cig holder and match box cover
  • 1 x cap badge cover

John had named his father, also named John, of 19 Carr Lane Chorley, as his legal next of kin. However, when the 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal were dispatched in the early 1920’s they were also received by his mother, Mary The family would also have received the Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of John’s sacrifice.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 13348
Date of Death: 17/06/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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