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William Cuerden enlisted in the Territorial Force on 4th November 1914, joining the 4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. We don’t know his original service number but know that in January 1917 he was given the new style TF number 200961.


Private William Cuerdon in Hereford in 1915. The reverse of the card reads “3 Coy, 4th Res. Batt, 1915”

Private William Cuerden remained in the UK for the next couple of years and at some point was promoted to Corporal.  He sailed to France to reinforce the 2/4th Battalion sometime after January 1917.


On 20th May 1918 William was discharged due to wounds and given Silver War Badge number 388025. He later received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Unfortunately his service papers appear not to have survived.

*The only service number on his MIC is his new 1917 style TF number.

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2 Responses to 200961 CPL. W. CUERDEN. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Barbara Conn says:

    William Cuerden was my maternal grandfather. Have never seen this photo before! He had a brother, Richard, who was killed in the war. Would be grateful if you have any further information. Thanks

  2. Sue Williamson says:

    It is good to know more about our maternal grandfather. I do know one of his friends was killed standing next to him and he himself was badly wounded,a wound which affected him all his life. It would also be good if anyone knows anything about his brother, Richard, who went missing. Thanks. SW.

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