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Private Thomas Farrell served with the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the Great War. He enlisted at the Preston recruiting office and was given the service number 2686.

On the first day of the Battle of Festubert, Thomas was reported to be missing in action. He was serving with ‘B’ Company.

Casualties on this day were extremely high for the Battalion;

Initial Reports

Killed … … … … 26
Wounded … … … … 266
Missing … … … … 110
Total … … … 402

News the Private Farrell was missing was published in the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser on Thursday 29th July 1915.

Thomas Farrell and 120 other men of the 1/4th Battalion were later confirmed as having died on this opening day of the Battle.

Thomas’ next of kin would have later received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal in recognition of his War service. They also received the memorial plaque, which is still in the family (thank you for his great-nephew for sending me this photograph).


Private Farrell is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2686
Date of Death: 15/06/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

Unfortunately his service records have not survived.

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