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William Lord was born in Farnworth, Lancashire. He was the son of James and Mary of 134 Harrowby Street, Farnworth.

Prior to the War, William worked as a Slashers labourer at Barnes No 2 mill, Gladstone Road.

He enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in 1914, and was sent to France with 10th Battalion on 31st July 1915.

Three months after his arrival in France, on 3rd November, William and another man (Corporal James Walton) were killed in action during a routine patrol under 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd.

The following war diary extract refers;

A patrol of 2 NCO’s and 35 men, under 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd, went out at 18:00hrs from trench 60. They proceeded to some canvas screens erected 500 yards east of trench 60 by the 111th Brigade, where they repaired the wire leading to the listening post of trench 59.

2nd Lieutenant Lloyd then proceeded further east, pausing frequently to listen and covered by an advance party. Nothing was heard; but suddenly he was challenged in German, a red light went up, fire was opened up and bombs thrown. The enemy was estimated to number at around 80 men due to the volume of fire. 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd was thrown to the ground and dazed by a bomb, which severely wounded his Serjeant in the eye.

The rest of the patrol retaliated with both bombs and heavy fire, and the enemy made off. As however the Germans were in superior force, the patrol was near their lines and the men had got somewhat scattered, 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd thought it was best to return, which he did, assisting home a man wounded in five places with rifle shot.

The patrol arrived back at 21:00hrs. Two men were missing when the roll was called, and a later patrol failed to find them.

William Lord is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11 A; and in St James churchyard, Farnworth. He was just 23 years old.


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2 Responses to 13693 PTE. W. LORD. L.N.LAN.R

  1. […] months after his arrival in France, on 3rd November, James and another man (Private William Lord) were killed in action during a routine patrol under 2nd Lieutenant […]

  2. […] LORD, WILLIAM Rank: Private Service No: 13693 Date of Death: 03/11/1915 Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn. Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Pier and Face 11 A. […]

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