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Christopher Greenwood was 27 years old, and living with his mother and step-father at 26 Seddon St, Preston, when he enlisted for four years service in the Territorial Force on 12th September 1914.

He was given the service number 2265 (in 1917 he got the new style number 200554). Christopher had no previous military experience, until now he had been working at a Bobbin Mill.

He elected his mother, Miss Ellen Bracewell, and his sister Mrs Elizabeth Riding to be his next of kin. At his medical examination he was described as being 5ft 3.5in, of good physical condition with a 34in chest.

Christopher agreed to serve overseas in the event of a National Emergency, and was posted into the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.



On 4th May 1915, Christopher sailed to France with the Battalion.

Christopher didn’t spend long in France on this occasion. He was wounded in action during the IV Corps attack about Rue d’Ouvert and Chappelle St Roch on 15th June 1915. The 154th Brigade that they were a part of were highly praised for their advance in the face of heavy artillery and close-range rifle and machine-gun fire. He was returned to England as wounded.

Christopher Greenwood remained in the UK for just over a year, before returning to France on 6th July 1916.

Shortly after arriving in France for a second time, on 13th August 1916 he was wounded again. This time he remained in France until being sent back to England on 13th November 1916.

On 5th September 1917, Christopher arrived in Egypt and was posted into the 1/12th Battalion, the Pioneers. Egypt was kinder to Christopher than France had been, he remained here until 29th April 1918 until the whole Battalion was moved to France.

When the Armistice was declared (11th November 1918), Christopher was on authorised leave to the UK.

On 1st April 1919, Christopher Greenwood was finally demobilized and returned to living on Seddon Street in Preston.

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