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Worsley 1Richard Worsley was born in 1885 in Preston to Robert and Alice Worsley (nee Holland). His parents married in Preston in 1882. Robert and Alice had nine children but four of those died and Richard was the eldest of the five surviving children, the others being; Robert (1887), Nathan Holland (1890), Sarah (1893) and John Thomas (1901).

In 1901 the family lived at 12 Young Street in Preston where Richard and his father were both employed as cotton spinners in one of the local mills and younger brother Robert was a stable boy groom.

Richard married Margaret Coulton in Preston in 1904 and in 1911 they were living together at 25 Sedgewick Street in Preston. The house had six rooms so was rather larger than the average terraced home. The couple did not have any children and they were both working in a cotton mill, Richard as a spinner and Margaret as a roving frame tenter.

After war was declared, Richard was recalled to the colours as a reservist on the 3rd August 1914 at Preston. He was initially allocated the service number 73 which later became 200032 and posted to the 4th Battalion. At the time his home address was 31 Astley Street, off St. Paul`s Road in Preston and according to his attestation form he had been working as a spinner in John Hawkins Swan Street Mill in Preston. He was 5`7” tall and had a 36 inch chest.

Richard embarked with the 1/4th Battalion on the 4th May 1915 and sailed for France. Just over a month later his name appeared in the local casualty lists after the Battalion had been in action at Festubert on the 15th June, 1915.Worsley 2

The wounds were not too serious and he remained in France to recover before re-joining his Battalion.

On the 15th July 1916 he was admitted to a field ambulance with `sickness`, unfortunately there is no further information in his papers as to what the nature of the sickness was. After a period in hospital and then convalescence he was discharged and sent to the base in Etaples, he finally re-joined his battalion in December 1916.

The 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchandaele) began on the 31st July 1917 and it was on this day that Richard was severely wounded with gun-shot wounds to his mouth and face. He was taken to 53 General Hospital in Boulogne where sadly on the 8th August 1917 he succumbed to his wounds.

A few weeks after Richard`s death had been notified to his wife, the following article was published in the Preston Guardian.Worsley 3

Richard was buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery.

Photo taken April 2018

Margaret Worsley later took receipt of a number of her husband`s personal effects, these included; photos, religious book, web belt with 2 badges, Star and title attached to belt, mirror, tobacco tin and pouch, 1 Rosary, piece of shrapnel, pair of scissors, cap badge, metal pipe cleaner and 1 unopened stamped packet.

The Authorities also awarded Margaret a pension of 13s/9d per week for herself (no children). After the war she took receipt of her husband`s 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Richard`s name is also remembered on the War Memorial that stands in front of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ignatius in Preston.

St. Ignatius 1St. Ignatius 2

Rank: Private
Service No: 200032
Date of Death: 08/08/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

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One Response to 200032 PTE. R. WORSLEY. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. june livesey says:

    hello.just come across this site through sheer luck.worsley family,namely sarah worsley of 3 st marys st preston married 1912 at st marys church preston a james wilson soldier of fulwood barracks,sarah and james had 1 dau,esther,3 grandchildren,and 2 greatgrandchildren,4 great great grandchildren all in preston,

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