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William Homer was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1884.

William re-enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 10th September 1914. He was 2 months short of his 30th birthday and had previously served in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and the 5th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment becoming time expired but still serving his ‘reserve’ commitment. Since leaving the military he had been working as a machine man.

He was married to Lily (nee Finney) and lived at 4 Laburnum Street, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton. They had two children, William (b. 09/05/1908) and Lily (b. 29/10/1910).

He was posted into ‘B’ Company of the newly raised 9th (Service) Battalion and given the number 14447. William was appointed Lance Corporal soon after he had re-enlisted, however he had reverted to Private by the end of the year.

Whilst training at Christchurch, William was reprimanded for being absent on no less than five occasions. Twice he was also given detention for refusing to go on the 07:30 AM parade.

William sailed to France with the 9th Battalion on 25th September 1915. Two months later he was in trouble again, now being drunk in the trenches.

On 9th May 1916, William was admitted to the 77th field ambulance having sustained a gun shot wound to his head. He was transferred to 30th Casualty Clearing Station but his wound must have been slight as a week later he rejoined the battalion.

On the morning of 7th July 1916 Private William Homer was killed in action whilst the Battalion took part in an attack on Ovillers and the trenches across the Pozieres Road.

Lily took receipt of her late husband’s medals in recognition of his sacrifice. Private William Homer is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 14447
Date of Death: 07/07/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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2 Responses to 14447 PTE. W. HOMER. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Peter Haslam says:

    Even though these brave men were heroes at the end of the day they are just men, who like ourselves like a pint or two, now and again.

    Thank’s for the Bio.
    Regards Pete.

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