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14, Waterloo Street, Chorley

14, Waterloo Street, Chorley

Michael Jordan was born in Chorley in December 1890 and was the eighth child of Thomas and Ann Jordan who had married by Registrar in 1871. His siblings were;

  • James Jordan (b. 1872)
  • Patrick Jordan (b. c1875)
  • Mary Jordan (b. c 1877)
  • Annie Jordan (b. c1881)
  • Nellie/Ellen Jordan (b. c1883)
  • Thomas Jordan (b. c1886)
  • Bridget Jordan (b. c1889)
  • Michael Jordan
  • Joseph Jordan (b. c1894)

At the time of the 1891 census the family were living at 14 Waterloo Street in Chorley and this house would remain their family home until at least March 1916 when Michael enlisted. His father, Thomas, was employed as a fireman in possibly the same cotton mill that Michael had worked in as a piecer pre-war.

Michael enlisted in the Territorial Force at Chorley on 29th February 1916 and joined the 3/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 5344 (which was changed to 202393 when the TF were renumbered in 1917). At his enlistment medical the surgeon described Michael as standing 5ft 5.5in tall and weighing 124lbs with a 55in chest. It was also noted that Michael had numerous scars over his left shoulder blade which would be useful if having to identify him should the worst happen.

His enlistment papers show that Michael was single and was still living in his father’s house at 14 Waterloo Street in Chorley. He was 26 years 2 months old.

In France on 19th July 1917 he sustained a non-penetrating gunshot wound to his chest and a perforating wound to his left arm and upper-third. His injuries, classed as severe, resulted in him being returned to the UK and placed under the care of Section 1, Southern General Hospital in Edgbaston.

A medical board convened on 29th November 1917 and reported the following findings: ‘motor power impaired, grip weak. Flexion at elbow weak, flexion of index finger and thumb impaired and movement at shoulder impaired’.

Michael Jordan was discharged with an assessed 80% disability on 20th December 1917. He was issued Silver War Badge number 292941 and was also given the King’s Certificate stating he had ‘served with honour and was disabled’ which is shown below. He would later receive the Allied Victory Medal and British War Medal in recognition of his overseas service.

jordan-kings certificate

For the next few years he would be called forward to attend medical boards which would report the latest with his condition and assess to what degree he was now disabled.

PRESTON. 24-5-18. Scar on chest running down inner surface of left arm prevents arm being raised above head. Muscles left hand wasted. Grasp 1/3rd. Cannot quite straighten fingers. 50%

PRESTON. 13-5-19. Unable to raise arm above right angle, fingers slightly flexed. Wasting of thenar and hypothenar eminence, forearm and upper arm 1/2 wasting. Deltoid slightly wasted. Grip about 20%. 30%

PRESTON. 20-5-19. Condition as above except grip reduced to 50% and can now raise arm to within 30 degrees of normal. 30%

PRESTON. 5-21. Scars as before. Elevation of left arm reduced 10% and drags on axillary scar. Slight wasting thenar eminence. Grip dim 20%. 1/2 wasting forearm. 20%

PRESTON. 8-5-22. Scars as before. Slight reduction of elevation owing to dragging on scar. Elbow joint and 5th finger cannot be completely extended. 3/4 in wasting left forearm. Grip reduced 20%. Sensation N. <25%

PRESTON. 25-5-22. GSW Chest and left arm are 6-14%.

Additional Information

Michael’s two older brothers both enlisted in November 1914 and died within a day of each other in July 1916 but on two different continents.

james jordan

Sgt Drum Major James Jordan – thanks to Adam Cree

His eldest brother, James Jordan served as a Sergeant Drum Major with the 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancs and was killed in action on the Somme at Albert on 7th July 1916. He had previous served with the Volunteers during the war in South Africa and then in Territorials from 1908. His sacrifice is recalled at the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/I/82b. He had worked at Avenue Mill and attended St George’s Church, Chorley.

Patrick Jordan served with the  2nd (Garrison) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment (No. 32096) and died of small pox in Cairo on 6th July 1916*. Patrick was buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.

*SDGW incorrectly records Patrick’s year of death as 1918.

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One Response to 202393 PTE. M. JORDAN. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Bernie Jordan says:

    Patrick Jordan was my grand father, he also had a large family my father Gerard Being the youngest. My uncle Thomas (Patrick’s son)also died on the western front in 1918

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