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Albert Duckworth was born in Preston in 1892 the son of John and Elizabeth Duckworth (nee Gibson).

According to the 1911 Census Albert was living at 8 Markland Street, Preston with his mother Elizabeth who is noted as `widower`, also his sister Elizabeth and two younger brothers, Levi born 1896 and James born 1899. Albert’s occupation is given as a packer in a Rubber Heel Works.

Albert enlisted on 9th September, 1914 into the Loyal North Lancs Regiment at Preston and he was posted into the 6th Service Battalion of the LNL on 30th October, 1914.  His papers say that he was 5`9”, weighed 139lbs and had a 36” chest and that he had a fresh complexion, brown eyes, auburn hair, good teeth and a scar on his left breast.

On the 26th February, 1915 Albert was then appointed Lance Corporal with the 6th Battalion.

Albert’s service papers also show that he was “home” between 9/9/14 – 14/6/15.

On the 15th June, 1915 Albert embarked on the ship the Braemar Castle at Avonmouth which was bound for Gallipoli, the ship arriving at Anzac Cove on the 4th August, 1915.

Albert`s service papers reveal he was posted `missing` on 9th August, 1915 and then two days later on the 11th August, 1915 the following article appeared in the Preston Guardian.


“Lance Corporal Albert Duckworth 6th (Service Battalion) has been missing at the Dardanelles since August 9th. Any information about him would be gladly received by his mother, Mrs. Duckworth, 8 Markland Street, Preston. Before his enlistment he was employed at the Wood Milne Works, Preston.”

The last entry in Albert’s service sheet states “presumed dead” with the date 9th August, 1915.

Three Brothers killed in action 

Levi and James Duckworth the two younger brothers of Albert also both enlisted in the Army some time after Albert. Levi Duckworth was born in 1896 and the Medal Rolls index shows him as formerly 3119 LNL and then 2/5th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment. James was born in 1899 and was in the 2nd Bn S/Wales Border Regiment and though no service papers appear to have survived for either of them we do know what happened to them, the following article was printed in the Preston Guardian on 16th November, 1918.


Three sons killed

“News was received by Mrs. Duckworth, 8 Markland Street, Preston a few days ago that her son Pte, James Duckworth, S/Wales Border Regiment has been killed in action on Sept. 29th. He was 19 years of age and was the 3rd son  Mrs. Duckworth had lost in the war. His brother Lance Corpl Albert Duckworth LNL Reg. fell in action at Gallipoli in August 1915 whilst on the previous day Pte Levi Duckworth, Warwickshire Regiment was also killed.”


Lance Corporal Albert Duckworth was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.


Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 14972
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

Levi Duckworth died 8/8/16 and is buried in the Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France. The youngest of the 3 brothers James Duckworth died 29/9/18 and is buried in Zantevoorde British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Both were awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


Rank: Private
Service No: 7226
Date of Death: 08/08/1916
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.


Rank: Private
Service No: 53862
Date of Death: 29/09/1918
Regiment/Service: South Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn.

This research was completed by Janet Davis. Thank you

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