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heskethr-smRichard was born in 1892 in Blackburn and was the son of William and Elizabeth Hesketh (nee Hodgkinson). William and Elizabeth were married in Christ Church, Preston in 1878.

Richard had 4 sisters, Margaret Ann (1879), Martha (1883), Elizabeth (1886), Annie (1894) and 4 brothers, Thomas (1880), Alfred (1889), George (1891) and Arthur (1898).

In 1901 Richard was living with his parents and siblings at 1 Cromwell Terrace, Blackburn. Sometime after 1901 Richard`s parents made the move to Preston, Richard and his brother Alfred and sister Annie went with them.

In 1911 William and Elizabeth were living at 73 Berry Street, Preston. William was running a restaurant. Son Alfred was working for Preston Corporation as a Conductor while Richard was working as a waiter in the restaurant. Daughter Annie was a cook probably also working in her father`s business. William Hodgkinson, Elizabeth`s brother was also living with the family and assisting in the restaurant. The family had also acquired 2 live-in general servants, namely, Alice Lancaster and Margaret Lawton.

Richard enlisted at Preston and joined the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Unfortunately no further information is available because it appears his service papers have not survive.

Private Richard Hesketh died from wounds on 18 September, 1918. The following newspaper article appeared in the Preston Guardian a short while afterwards.


Private Richard Hesketh received the British War and Victory Medals for his services to the war. He is buried with honour at Brie British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 24194
Date of Death: 18/09/1918
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Additional family information:

Two of Richard`s brothers also enlisted and like Richard they too did not return home from the War.

13229 Private George Hesketh, 10th Battalion LNL killed in action 11 August, 1916. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. George received the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals. He was married to Margaret Hall in 1911 and they had one child William born in 1913.

202924 Gunner Alfred Hesketh, Royal Field Artillery, “C” Bty. 148th Bde. Died of Wounds on 20 June 1917. Alfred is buried with honour in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. He married Annie Cooper in Blackburn in 1913.

Research completed by Janet Davis

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