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GARL1Thomas Garlick and Catherine Horn married in 1897 at St. Marys Church, Preston. They had two sons both born in Preston, Francis born in 1897 and Robert born in 1899.

At the time of the 1911 Census Catherine and her two sons were living at 3 Baildon Street, Moston, Manchester and both Francis and Robert are described as being at school. Catherine`s husband Thomas was working away as a plasterer’s labourer in Leamington, Warwickshire.

At some point after the 1911 Census the family must have moved back to Preston because on the 5 November 1914 aged just 17 Francis Garlick walked into the recruiting office in Preston and enlisted. He was put in the 2/4th Battalion and given the number 3199 which would later become 200978. Francis confirmed his address as 22 Walker Street, Preston.

His medical inspection report states that Francis was 5`4” tall and had a 35 inch chest, normal vision and good physical development.

Following his enlistment Francis got himself into all sorts of trouble on a fairly regular basis:

  • 11/6/15 Late falling in for 6.30 AM parade
  • 8/10/15 Absent from 6.30 AM Roll Call
  •   7/2/16 Absent from 7 AM parade
  • 16/2/16 Absent from 7 AM parade
  • 28/2/16 10 minutes late on 7 AM parade
  • 15/4/16 Absent from night alarm 11.45 PM
  •   6/6/16 Having untidy cot at inspection
  • 18/7/16 Not complying with an order
  • 24/12/16 Not complying with a Battalion order

On the 7 February 1917 Francis embarked at Southampton with the 2/4th Battalion bound for France.

Three months later Francis was in trouble yet again, this time in the field.

  •   8/5/17                 Disobedience of an order. Not wearing equipment or ammunition
  • 10/5/17 Not complying with an order on active service. Forfeits 1 GC Badge

Private Francis Garlick was posted missing on 26 October, 1917 during the Second Battle of Passchendaele. He was presumed dead for official purposes on or after that date.

The following report appeared in the local paper a short while after Francis went missing.


Private Francis Garlick was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Thomas Garlick signed for his son’s medals on 16 June 1921. No personal effects were returned to the family.

Rank: Private
Service No: 200978
Date of Death: 26/10/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.

Additional note: The above article mentions Francis Garlicks brother Robert, Manchester Regiment who is says was killed on 4th April 1917. On checking the CWGC website the only Garlick, Manchester Regiment killed on that date is listed as 277484 (formerly 4512 LNL) Private F. Garlick and not R. Garlick. Private Francis Garlick has been recorded with the correct details but it would appear that his brother Robert seems to have been named as F. Garlick and not R. Garlick. There does not appear to be any Medal Card for Robert Garlick with that service number and no other information about Robert either. However, there are 2 Medal Cards for Francis Garlick one being the correct one for 200978 Private Francis Garlick LNL and the other one for 277484 Private Francis Garlick, Manchester Regiment.

Below is the newspaper article announcing the death of 277484 (formerly 4512 LNL) Private Robert Garlick, 2/7th Manchester Battalion. Robert is buried with honour at the Vermelles British Cemetery, France.


These soldiers were researched and published by Janet Davis

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