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24615 Private Adam Johnson Moss 10th BattalionAdam Johnson Moss was born in Tarleton on the 30th March 1887 the son of Jane Bridge Moss. He had one older brother and two younger sisters;

  • Henry (1886)
  • Margaret Jane (1889)
  • Ellen (1895)

Adam`s sister Margaret Jane was born in the village of Bretherton and the 1891 Census shows Adam living at South Road in Bretherton with his brother Henry, sister Margaret and his mother Jane. Members of the Johnson family, his mother`s half brothers and sisters were also living with the family at the time.

In both the 1901 and 1911 Census Adam`s occupation is recorded as being a cotton weaver and he was still living in South Road in Bretherton with his mother, siblings and aunts and uncles.

On the 12th May 1913 he married a local Bretherton girl, Margaret Roskell of South View who was the daughter of a farmer George Roskell. In the March quarter of 1914 Adam and Margaret had a son and named him George Roskell after his maternal grandfather.

Unfortunately nothing much is known about Adam`s war service as his papers have not survived but he did enlist with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at some point and was allotted the service number 24615.

Adam sailed to France after January 1916 and after spending a couple of weeks at the Base Depot he was posted to the 10th Battalion LNL.

On the 21st February 1918 the 10th Battalion was disbanded after which the men were drafted into the 15th Entrenching Battalion. The powers that be had laid down strict guidelines as to the use of the Entrenching Battalions stating they were only to be used in defence work and should not be sent into forward areas or attached to `fighting units`. However, this directive was short-lived when most of these Entrenching Battalions became involved in helping to stem the tide during the German Spring Offensive in March 1918.

On the first day of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael (21st March 1918) the 15th Entrenching Battalion was involved in the defence of the TERGNIER to QUESSY line and it was on this day that Private Adam Johnson Moss was posted as missing.

Adam`s wife would have received word that he was missing in action which in turn prompted her to place the following information in the Preston Guardian, obviously she was hoping that he was still alive and that someone may know of his whereabouts.24615 Private Adam Johnson Moss 10th Battalion 2

Eventually Margaret would have been notified that her husband was presumed to have died on or since the 21st March 1918.

After the war Adam Johnson Moss was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and his widow Margaret would also have received his Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his service and sacrifice for his country.

Adam was originally buried on the battlefield where he fell but after the Armistice his body was found, exhumed, and afterwards he was laid to rest in Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

His name is also remembered on the War Memorial in his home village of Bretherton.


Rank: Private
Service No: 24615
Date of Death: 21/03/1918
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

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