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Private Edward Commons

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Edward Commons was 25 when he was killed during the Battle of Festubert on 15th June 1915. His sacrifice is recalled at the LE TOURET MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/14a. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:

1891 Census has him at 65 Standish Street, Chorley: Bernard Commons (29, Head, Joiner and Beer Seller, Born in Chorley), Margaret Commons (29, Wife, Beer Seller [“Domestic” erased]), Mary Commons (4, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Michael Commons (2, Son, Born in Chorley), Edward Commons (1, Son, Born in Chorley).

1901 Census has him at 60 Lyons Lane, Chorley: Margaret Commons (38, Head, Widow, Beerhouse Proprieter, Own Account, Born in Chorley), Hugh Commons 15, Son, Carpenter’s Apprentice, Born in Chorley), Michael Commons (12, Son, Born in Chorley), Edward Commons (10, Son, Born in Chorley), Martin Commons (5, Son, Born in Chorley).

1911 Census has him at 60 Lyons Lane, Chorley: Margaret Commons (49, Widow, Beerhouse Keeper, Own Account, Married 27 years, 8 children, 4 living, 4 dead, Born in Chorley), Hugh Commons (25, Joiner, Son, Born in Chorley), Michael Commons, (22, Joiner, Own Account, Son, Born in Chorley), Edward Commons (20, Bricklayer’s Apprentice, Son, Born in Chorley), Martin Commons (16, Plumber’s Apprentice, Son, Born in Chorley), James Downs (52, Assistant, Widowed, Labourer, Beerhouse, Born in Chorley).

His service Record shows his original date of Attestation as 2/6/1909. He was aged 19 years and 1 month and was living at 60 Lyons Lane. He served in the Territorial Force for four years and finished his service 1st June 1914. He was employed by Faircoughs of Adlington as a Brick Setter. He was recalled into the Territorial Force on the day War was declared, 4th August 1914. War History of 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (1921) shows he was in ‘D’ Coy.

The 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment sailed to France on the S.S Onward on 4th May 1915. Only a few weeks later they received news that they would be taking part in their first major action, the Battle of Festubert on 15th June 1915. The gallant attack, often referred to as ‘the great bayonet charge’ was made and severe losses were incurred.

He was first of three North Lancashires to go over the parapet, and was killed immediately, and was buried by his comrades later.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects lists his brothers Hugh, Michael [crossed out as deceased] and Martin as next of kin and his sister-in-law Ellen.

Rank: Private
Service No: 140
Date of Death: 16/06/1915
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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