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Samuel Henry Lang was born in West Derby on 17th May 1894 and was the son of Samuel and Mary Lang and brother to Agnes, Annie, Mary, Sarah and John Walter Lang.

Unfortunately his service records appear to have been destroyed but we know that after the declaration of War in August 1914 he enlisted into the Army at Liverpool and joined the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 13828.

After training in the UK he sailed with the main deployment of his battalion to France on 17th July 1915 and at some point later in the war he was transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion. This was probably after the 7th Battalion were disbanded in February 1918 and troops were distributed amongst the remaining Battalions.

Private Samual Lang died of wounds on 1st June 1918 on the Marne during the Third Battle of the Aisne and was buried in the Sissonne British Cemetery. The pages for June 1918 are missing from the Battalion War Diary but during the days leading up to his death they were in the vicinity of LHERY.

Extract from Battalion War Diary

29th May 1918. LHERY. 7 Officers and 75 Other Ranks reinforced by 3 Officers and 20 men of the 74th T.M.B. (Trench Mortar Battalion) moved forward to a position facing N.W, 3/4 of a mile N of LHERY Church, in support of the French. 12 Noon; Units withdrew through our line leaving our flanks exposed. 4 p.m.; We refused our left and withdrew to a position on high ground 1 mile S.E. of LHERY in support of 19th Division who had established a line S.E. of LHERY – Coemy Road.

30th May 1918. LHERY. 7 a.m. Enemy outflanked the unit on our left forcing them to withdraw. We conformed to their movement and took up a line immediately S.W. of wood, 7/8th of a mile S.W. of B in BOIS D’QUINCY (*probably referring to the B in the name on his map) to form defensive flank for 19th Division. This position was held for a few hours until 19th Division could withdraw. Battalion then took up a position aside the VILLE EN TARDENOIS – BOJACOURT Road, immediately N of BOIS DE COURMONT. There was a thin outpost line in front of us. A French Regiment arrived during the afternoon. We received verbal orders at 9 p.m. to report to Brigade Headquarters at NAPPE where we remained until 5 p.m. on 31st.

31st May 1918.  5 p.m. Took a line at C in CHANTEREINE, in support of 25th Division.

sam lang

His next of kin would later receive the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory medal, along with a memorial plaque and scroll bearing his name and in recognition of his sacrifice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 13828
Date of Death: 01/06/1918
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.
Cemetery: SISSONNE BRITISH CEMETERY

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