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Civilian Occupation: Chorley Colliery CompanyFOLEY 200097 FOLEY 200097 - CMB1
William Foley was 30 when he died at Ypres on 23rd September 1917. His sacrifice is recalled at NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/10b. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:

His father, also William Foley, died in 1898, aged 38. His mother, Ann Foley, died in 1900 aged 37. They had married in 1883, His mother’s maiden name was McGowan. She was the sister of Anthony McGowan [CMB-II-11a].

The 1891 Census has him at 52 Standish Street, Chorey: William Foley (33, Head, Labourer, Born in Chorley), Ann Foley (29, Wife, Cotton Frame Tenter, Born in Chorley), Mary Foley (9, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley, Born in Chorley), William Foly (6, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley, Born in Chorley), Ann Foley (3 months, Daughter, Born in Chorley).

The 1901 Census has him at 81 Standish Street: Mary Foley (19, Head, Card Room Hand, Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), William Foley (16, Brother, Steam [spi]nner driver, Born in Chorley), Annie (10, Sister, Born in Chorley), Patrick (8, Brother, Born in Chorley).

William Foley married Mary Downs by Registrar in 1908. Mary Foley died in Chorley in 1912 aged 23. They had 3 children, 2 dying as infants. Ann (b 1908), William (b 1910, d 1910), Mary (b 1911, d 1913). Ann Downs was living at 79 Standish Street in the 1901 Census with her parents, Thomas and Jane Downs.

The 1911 Census has him at 97 Standish Street: William Foley (25, Head, Blacksmith’s Striker, Born in Chorley), Mary Foley (22, Wife, Cotton Rovering Tenter, Married 2 years, 2 children, 1 living, 1 dead, Born in Chorley), Ann (Daughter, 2, Born in Chorley).

William enlisted 4th August, 1914, served in France, and took part the in Somme and Vimy Ridge Battles. Wounded on the Somme. Killed at Ypres, 23rd September, 1917. Went to France in 1915, taking part in all Battles engaged in by his Unit from May, 1915, to September 1917. The War History of 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (1921) shows him as Coy D. WOUNDED 20/9/17, Died of Wounds 23/9/17.

He died at the 44th Casualty Clearing Station. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects gives his daughter, Annie as next of kin.

William’s Sister, Mary Foley, married John Lundy in 1915. Anthony McGowan [CMB-II-11a] was their uncle. She is identified in his entry in the Register of Soldier’s Effects.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 200097
Date of Death: 23/09/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery: NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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