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Robert Blease was the son of Robert William and Annie Blease, of 103 Lord Street, Farnworth, Bolton.

During his childhood, Robert and his family attended St. Johns Church.

In June 1909, an article in the ‘Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser’ announced that Robert had been awarded a scholarship by the Lancashire Education Committee. He would have been about 11 years old at this time.

Following his schooling, Robert was employed at the ‘Union Bank of Manchester’ in Farnworth.

In 1916, Robert traveled to Preston and enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 24683 and posted into the 10th (Service) Battalion. He soon joined them in France where they had been since July 1915.

Robert was obviously quick to impress his senior ranks, being quickly appointed Lance Corporal.

On 11th April 1917, at Arras, Lance Corporal Robert Blease was killed in action during an attack on a German trench that saw the Battalion sustain a great number of casualties. He was just 19 years old.

Robert was buried in the recently started Tank Cemetery at Guemappe.

Read about Tank Cemetery, and diary entries from the 10th to 12th April 1917 here.


The inscription on his CWGC headstone reads;

‘I trust He lives in thee and there I find Him worthier to be loved’

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 24683
Date of Death: 11/04/1917
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.

Unfortunately no further service records appear to have survived.

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