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John Henry Crompton was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire.

Henry enlisted in the Army at Farnworth and was posted into the 6th (Service) Battalion with the number 17885. He sailed to Gallipoli with the Battalion on 24th October 1915 and from there onto Mesopotamia in February 1916.

On 23rd May 1916, Henry died of wounds he had sustained at an earlier date. The following articles appeared in a local newspaper.

The Darwen News Saturday, May 27, 1916

Lance-Corporal H Crompton. Another Bromley Cross worker has made the great sacrifice. Lance-Corporal Henry Crompton, of the L N Lancashire Regiment, who was at Gallipoli, and afterward in the relief expedition in Mesopotamia has died in Hospital. In a letter recently received dated March 24th he said “We are expecting going in a big charge any day against the Turks at Kut-el-Amara, as we have to relieve General Townshead at any cost. The 19th Division means to win honours before the war in over, but the sooner the better.” He was gardener for Mr J B Gass JP at Moor House, Bromley Cross, and the news of his death was received on Saturday morning by his mother who now lives at Darwen. Well-known in the district. He had developed with training into a fine soldier, and would have made headway, as he had a right brave spirit.

The Darwen News Saturday Jun 17, 1916

Lance-Corporal Crompton. It was recently reported that Lance-Corporal Henry Crompton, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, had died of Wounds sustained in action with the Mesopotamian Relief Force. His mother, who resides at 42 Exchange Street, Darwen, has, however, received a postcard from him and also an official notice from the Battalion Headquarters to the effect that he has been wounded and sent to hospital at Ashar. From there he was transferred to the base hospital at Bisra. Both the postcard and official notice are of a later date than the official document announcing his death.


Private Crompton is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Mesopotamia.

Rank: Private
Service No: 17885
Date of Death: 23/05/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

Unfortunately his papers appear not to have survived.

Thank you to George Foster who is working with ‘Friends of Darwen Cemetery’ to develop a database of the Darwen War Dead for the Great War.

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