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Joseph Billington was born in Dalton in Furness in 1896, he was the son of John and Mary A Billington.

By the time of the 1911 Census Joseph, described as `nephew` was living with Sylvester and Sarah Mary King at 120 Roebuck Street, Preston and was working as a cotton weaver.

Private Joseph Billington died on 27th June, 1916 and is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery.

Unfortunately no service records for Joseph Billington appear to have survived but the following article appeared in the Preston Guardian on 29th July 1916 confirms what happened to him.


“Official intimation has been received of the death in France of Pte. Joe. Billington, L.N.L. Regt. It is reported that while he was asleep in a dug-out a bomb exploded on one of the gas tanks and he was suffocated by the gas that was thus liberated. Before joining the Army Pte. Billington, who was 19 years of age, was a weaver at Progress Mill, and lived at Tulketh Brow”

His medal card confirms that Private Joseph Billington was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Photo by Janet Davis - July 2016

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Rank: Private
Service No: 13814
Date of Death: 27/06/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

This research was completed by Janet Davis. Thank you.

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One Response to 13814 PTE. J. BILLINGTON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Andrew Nelson says:

    Pvt Thomas Nelson 14173 LNLR from Preston also died 27 June 1916 from gas and buried at Bienvillers. Could have been due to the same gas attack

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