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14282 Private Walter CounsellWalter Counsell’s birth was recorded in Chorley in 1895. He was the son of Sylvester Counsell and Margaret (nee Croasdale) who had married by Registrar in Chorley in 1889.

The 1901 Census has him at 3 James Street, Chorley: Sylvester Counsell (36, Head, Labourer, Dustman, Sanitary Dept, Corporation Workman, Born in Blackburn), Margaret Counsell (35, Wife, Born in Chorley), Henry Counsell (10, Son, Born in Chorley), Walter Counsell (9, Son, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Counsell (6, Daughter, Born in Chorley), James Counsell (5, Daughter, Born in Chorley), William Counsell (1, Son, Born in Chorley).

The 1911 Census has him at 7 Back Street, Chorley: Sylvester Counsell (46, Head, Labourer, Dustman, Chorley Corporation, Born in Blackburn), Margaret Counsell (45, Wife, Housewife, Married 22 years, 11 children, 7 living, 4 dead, Born in Chorley), Henry Counsell (20, Son, Steam Wagon Driver, Carrier’s, Born in Chorley), Walter Counsell (19, Son, Cloth Tenter Printworks, Calico P. Co., Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Counsell (17, Daughter, Weaver, Cotton Cloth, Born in Chorley), James Counsell (15, Daughter, Errand Boy, Born in Chorley), William Counsell (11, Son, School Boy, Born in Chorley), Andrew Counsell (4, Son, School Boy, Born in Chorley), Vincent Counsell (2, Son, Child, Born in Chorley).

Pre-war he was employed at Birkacre Print Works and attended St Mary’s church in Chorley.

Walter enlisted into the Army on 7th September 1914 and joined one of Kitchener’s newly raised Service Battalions, the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment where he was given the number 14282.

After training in the UK, Walter sailed to France with the 9th Battalion on 25th September 1915.

On 19th November 1915, the Battalion moved into trenches 95-101 near LE BIZET, ARMENTIERES. There were three companies in the first line, B Company were in the support trenches and in the fortified place known as ‘Seven Trees Redoubt’. Having been in the trenches for four days, on 23rd November 1915 Walter was struck by a bullet to his head and taken to the 8th Casualty Clearing Station via the 75th Field Ambulance. He was then sent to the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne where he arrived on 25th November and his family were informed he was in a dangerous condition. Private Walter Counsell died of his wounds in hospital at 01:45 a.m. on 6th December 1915 and was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. His personal possessions included at sacred medal and crucifix.

His sacrifice is also remembered in the Chorley Memorial Album (CMB.I.219a) which was compiled after the war by Susannah Knight and is now held at Astley Hall.

14282 Private Walter Counsell CMB

Rank: Private
Service No: 14282
Date of Death: 06/12/1915
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

Additional Information

james counsell - brother of walterWalter’s younger brother, James Counsell, enlisted in the Army on 12th October 1914 and served in France and Egypt, where he took part in the Somme Battle and in the Palestine Fighting. James was killed in Action whilst serving with the 1/4th Bn. Sussex Regiment in Palestine on 6th October 1917. He was buried in the Beersheba War  Cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 202910
Date of Death: 06/11/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex 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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One Response to 14282 PTE. W. COUNSELL. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Jennifer Worswick nee Counsell says:

    So proud to read this account of the bravery of my two uncles, they will never be forgotten, for the sacrifice they and my family made for us, two brothers died within two years..so sad..

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