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jbarrowJohn Barrow was the son of Nicholas and Betsy Barrow, of 129 Church Road, St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea.

John enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Blackpool, and was with the 11th (Reserve) Battalion whilst training. He landed in France on 7th May 1915 with a draft of reinforcements to the 1st Battalion.

Lance Corporal Barrow was killed during the opening day of the battle of Loos on 25th September 1915.

The Battalion War Diary reads;

Battle of Loos – 25th September 1915 

Morning of the attack. Lines are to be out by 04:30hrs. Original hours for gas to commence at 04:50hrs changed to 05:50hrs. Orders to leave trenches 06:29hrs changed to 06:34hrs. Gas no sooner commenced then wind changed and blew it back on us and the front line suffered badly.

Battalion advanced at 06:35hrs but owing to gas got mixed up and all four lines advanced together, also we got mixed up with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps on our right. We advanced up to the German wire, but found it uncut and returned back to the trenches.

Colonel Sanderson led out as many men as possible again but it was of no use, and he and the Adjutant, Captain Diver were wounded and also 2nd Lieutenant P Goldie, who was with them, was killed. Officer casualties 9 killed, 5 wounded, 2 missing. Captain Falkner and 2nd Lieutenant Livesey, Wharton and Healy all found killed right on the German wire. 2nd Lieutenant Wasbrough, Machine-gun officer took his two guns practically up to the German wire, he was killed. 2nd Lieutenant Gardner the other machine-gun officer went out on the left flank with his two guns. Nearly all his team was gassed and he carried a gun out himself with two men. He was gassed but came back to get ammunition and was told by the doctor to go down, but went and got more ammunition. After a small number of the Brigade had attempted to advance again, they stayed in the trenches.

Germans to our front surrendered to the 9th Kings when they had got half way to the trenches in the afternoon.

2nd Lieutenant N Collins, the senior officer left, assembled the Battalion which numbered three officers and 159 other ranks, and moved off south with the Brigade to ‘Chalk Pit’. 2nd Lieutenant Gardner came up later with a machine-gun although was still feeling bad.

Took up position for night along Lens – La Bassee Road, right on Puits 14, left on Chalk Pit. Pouring with rain. Captain N C Phillips joined up later and took command. He had been gassed in the morning and was also still fairly bad. Captain Nangle, the medical officer, was killed whilst attending a wounded man, a great loss to the Battalion.

Lance Corporal John Barrow  is remembered on the Loos Memorial.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 19610
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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One Response to 19610 LCPL. J. BARROW. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Andrew Hemmings says:

    Thank you for publishing this information about my great Uncle. I have no further details about him beyond saying that I understand that his sister Lily’s son , born around 1916, was named Jack Barrow after him .Jack may have been brought up by his grandparents in Church Road , St Anne’s-on-Sea.

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