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Robert Willie Barlow was born in 1894 in Bolton, Lancashire.

At the time of the 1911 census he was living at 29 Marsh Road, Little Lever, Bolton with his widowed mother Emma, his sister Clara and brother Herbert. He was working as a labourer at the Calico print works.

Upon joining the Territorial Army, he gave his address as living with his sister Clara at 23 Kenyon Road, Bradley Fold, Bolton.

Robert embarked Folkestone for Boulogne on 11 July 1916.

On 27th July 1917, Robert was taken to the Highland Field Ambulance suffering from shell shock. On the Ypres canal bank a shell burst 2-3 yards away from him. The medical offer reported that he ‘remembers nothing about the attack’.

Lt Colonel Morton, 1/5 Battalion wrote the following on 20th August 1917;

Whilst proceeding to trenches across the canal at Ypres. The Germans were shelling a particular part by which Pte Barlow crossed, one shell falling almost on top of him. He collapsed and was attended by a stretcher bearer.

On 30 November 1917, at Cambrai, Robert was listed as missing presumed dead. The following account explains;

 

On the 30th December 1917 a thick fog hung in the air. The Germans began bombing the Divisional front at 07:00 hrs. With this bombardment the Germans advanced and succeeded in breaking through the line to the left of the Battalion. The 1/5th Loyal North Lancs found themselves dangerously outflanked.

The Germans were advancing at a staggering speed, and soon captured Holts Bank and Pigeon quarry.

The 1/5th Battalion stood their ground at Adelphi and Gloucester Road, and managed to inflict serious damage to the advancing enemy, albeit losing many of their number in the process.

Roberts belongings were to be sent to his sister; and his brother later received the British War and Victory Medals.

Rank: Private
Service No: 243376
Date of Death: 30/11/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st/5th Bn.
Panel Reference:  CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Panel 8.

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One Response to 243326 PTE. R. W. BARLOW. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Major Andy Adams says:

    I am currently researching a number of the names that appear of the memorial stone on the library wall in Little Lever. Bolton Lancs. I am interested in any information regarding any of those listed below.

    LITTLE LEVERS FALLEN LOYALS
    1. 36808 Private Barlow, Arthur. 1st/4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 21 on Tues 24 Sept 1918.
    Remember with honour at Fouquieres Churchyard Extension. Pas de Calais France.
    2. 25541 Private Boardman, William. 7th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 25 on Tues 29 Jan 1918.
    Remember with honour at Rocquigny, Equancourt Road British Cemertary, Manaicourt, Somme France.
    3. 24380 Private Brooks, William. 9th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 19 on Tues 12 Dec 1916.
    Remember with honour Little Lever Reformed Churchyard, Little Lever. Grave/Memorial Ref: 371
    4. 23644 Private Crompton, Stanley. 2nd/4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 28 on Sun 29 Sept 1918.
    Remember with honour Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St Marc. Pas de Calais France.
    5. 243501 Private Duckworth, Albert. 1st/4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 28 on Mon 20 May 1918.
    Remember with honour Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais France.
    6. 16831 Private Fletcher, Thomas. 8th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 23 on Mon 20 July 1916.
    Remember with honour Thiepval Memorial, Somme France.
    7. 23177 Private Greenhalgh, Albert. 1st Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 27 on Friday 18 August 1916.
    Private Greenhalgh of 72 Church Street, Little Lever.
    Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.
    8. 24035 Private Halliwell, James. 8st Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 24 on Saturday 14 Oct 1916.
    Remembered with honour Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.
    9. 20256 Private Hallows, Ernest. 1st / 4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 22 on Tuesday 31 July 1917.
    Remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen Belgium 1X.G.20
    10. 24303 Private Hampson, John Roland. 9th or 11th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged ?? on Christmas Day 1916.
    Remembered with honour at The Ploegsteert Memorial
    11. 16829 Private Hill, Zechariah. 2nd/4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 40 on Friday 26 Oct 1917.
    Remember with honour at Tyne Cot, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen Belgium. Panel 102-104
    12. 25819 Private Jenkinson, William. B Coy 9th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 24 on Thursday 25 April 1918.
    Remember with honour Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke. Panel 102 to 104.
    13. 240488 Corporal Martin, Thomas. 1st/5th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 21 on Sunday 29 July 1917.
    Remembered at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres.
    14. 976 Sgt Morris, Alfred 1st/5th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 28 on Mon 27 Sept 1915.
    Remembered at X Farm Cemetery, La Chapelle-D’Armentieres, Nord, France.
    15. 24000 Private Nuttall, Harry 1st Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 21 on Tuesday 26 Sept 1916.
    Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme France.
    16. 1649 Lance Corporal Partington Albert. 1st/ 5th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 22 on Thursday 7 Oct 1915.
    Remembered with honour at Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord France.
    17. 4475 Private Roberts, Matthew 1st/5th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 39 on Sept 26 Aug 1916.
    Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme France.
    18. 202195 Private Scholes, Fred. 2nd/4th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged ?? on Friday 26 Oct 1917.
    Remember with honour Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.
    19. 243139 Private Settle, James 1st /5th Battalion. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 25 on 8 Aug 1916.
    Remember with honour Thiepval Memorial, Somme France.
    20. 16938 Private Shaw, James 7th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged ?? on Tues 16 Nov 1915.
    Remembered with honour Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert Pas de Calais France.
    21. 7698 Private Wood, Thomas D Coy 8th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
    Died aged 24 on Sat 26 Aug 1916.
    Remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
    22. 202138 Private Worsley, Frank 1st/4th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire o, Regiment.
    Died aged 25 on Sat 8 Aug 1916.
    Remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
    In addition, although his name doesn’t appear on the memorial stone but is a Loyal:
    23. 617 Private Holman, Albert Ernest He was not assigned to Battalion
    Died aged 41 on 10 Feb 1919.
    Remember with honour Little Lever Reformed Churchyard, Little Lever.

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