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Louis Naylor was born at 22 Acregate Lane, Preston on the 7th November 1890.

He was 23 years 10 months old when he enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 1st September 1914 and had no previous military experience. Until that time he had been employed as a weaver.

Upon joining Kitchener’s Army he was given service number 13933 and posted into the newly raised 8th (Service) Battalion. It appears that Louis should have sailed to France with the initial deployment of the 8th Battalion on 6th September 1915, but was absent. He remained absent for 18 days only returning on the 24th so he sailed with the bulk of the 9th Battalion the next day, joining up with the 8th when they landed.

On 26th August 1916 he was wounded in the left shoulder and was evacuated to No. 20 General Hospital by the 1/3 W.R Field Ambulance.

In February 1917 Louis returned to the UK for his first week of leave. On 21st September 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal.

Louis was granted leave in February 1918 and on 9th February he married Mary Saul at St Joseph’s Church in Preston. The next day he was posted into ‘A’ Company of the 2/4th Battalion as the 8th Battalion were just about to be disbanded. Louis sailed back to France and on 4th March he amended his will, presumably to change the benefactor to his new wife.


Louis and Mary on their wedding day

In April 1918 he was taken to the 56th Casualty Clearing Station complaining of psoriasis and in May he sailed back to the UK on the hospital ship Grantully Castle.


Louis Naylor spent the next four months in the Princess Christian Hospital in Weymouth recovering from his skin condition. In September he was discharged from hospital and posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion.

In January 1919 Louis had his Lance Corporal stripe revoked and he reverted to Private due to a period of unauthorised absence.

Louis was demobilised and joined Class Z Reserve on 1st April 919. His address upon discharge was 15 Railway Street, Foulridge, near Colne.

Louis Naylor had four children Louis, Winifred, Leo and Frances. He died on the 6th June 1941 in Foulridge and was interred in Preston cemetery.

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3 Responses to 13933 PTE. L. NAYLOR. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Maria Hacking says:

    Hello Paul. Thank you for the information about my granddad private Louis Naylor. I was unaware of this information since my dad died at a similar age (52) and we never talked about my granddad much before. My dad was also called Louis and I am one of 10 children, me being the 5th. I have 2 sons and 3 grandsons.
    Thank you once again. Keep up the good work.

  2. Seymour Benson says:

    I am researching my Uncle Pte. George Benson Army No.13595. Born in Seaforth Lancashire about 1895. The details on Pte. J Halshaw from Janet Davis would suggest they both died at the same point in the war, Broadmarsh Crater, but carn’t be sure. They both died on 21 May 1916 (my uncle was 21)and were in the 8th Battalion. His Father was William Edward Benson and Mother Emily (nee. Maxfield) I do have a photograph of George
    Seymour Benson

    • Bill Brierley says:

      Hi Seymour
      I write biographies for this site and saw your message. My great uncle Harry Watson (29572 Pte H. E. Watson) was also in 8 Bn and would have fought alongside George at Broadmarsh Crater. I’ve written up a biography of George and sent it to Paul, the site administrator, to publish on here and it should be up in a few days. If you’re able to scan the photo, send it to Paul and he can add it to the biography. If you have any other family information (eg re George’s father and his date of death) do please let me know so I can correct any mistakes.
      Best wishes, Bill Brierley

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