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William Barton Park was born in Preston during the forth quarter of 1896. He was the youngest son of William Joseph Park, of 14 Stewart Street, Preston.

William enlisted in the Territorial Force three months before his sixteenth birthday in March 1912, had had previously been in the Cadet Force. During the early years of his Territorial service, William continued to work as a moulder’s apprentice at Dewhursts on Aquaduct Street, Preston – he had been working there since he was 10 years old.


Dewhurst’s headed paper upon which they William consent to join the Territorial Force.

He was given the service number 1586 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He attended the annual training camp at Kirkham between 4th – 18th August 1912.

When War broke out William signed the declaration that would allow him, as a Territorial soldier, to serve overseas in the case of a National Emergency. He sailed to France with the main body of the 1/4th Battalion on 4th May 1915.

Private William Park was killed in action on 9th September 1916 and was buried in Delville Wood Cemetery. Only his identity disc was returned to his family.

Battalion History:  At 16:45hrs on 9th September 1916 the 1/4th Battalion was part of an attack launched by XIV Corps. 164th Bde (including B and C Companies of 1/4th LNL) were to attack and take a line of trenches that ran between Ginchy and Delville Wood. The plan was to ‘go over the top’ and take Hop Alley and then Ale Alley. Hop Alley was taken, but Ale Alley wasn’t reached due to the intensity of the enemy machine-gun fire. The attackers fell back to their original line.

The casualties were heavy, 24 men killed including Second Lieutenants W. E. Pyke and E. F. Falby. There were also 125 men wounded; and a further 79 men missing, many were later also identified as having been killed.


His father took receipt of the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.  He would also receive the Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his late son’s sacrifice.

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Rank: Private
Service No: 1586
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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