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william haydockDuring the Great War, William Haydock served with the 1/5th, and 2/5th Battalions of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

On 12th October 1914, William was living at 37 Hough Lane, Eagley, Bolton. He signed up for a period of 4 years with the Territorial Force. He had no previous military experience.

William sailed from Southampton to France on 27th June 1915, and was posted into number 4 Entrenching Battalion.

On 28th January 1916 he was posted in to the 1/5th Battalion.

William was killed on 9th August 1916.

Battle of the Somme, 9th August 1916.

By this time, the Battalion had been involved in the fighting on the Somme for a month.

The objective of the Brigade on this day was two fold; to attack the German front line, and in doing so capture the village of Guillemont. The attack was initially delayed, and once underway quickly fell apart. The Company on the right flank was suffering badly from intense machine-gun fire, holding them up and causing a great number of casualties.

Eventually the attack was halted, and the Brigade were withdrawn to their original line.

After Williams death, his personal effects were sent to his father, Mr Eli Haydock who was living at 245 Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton. His father later also took receipt of his sons 1914/15 star, British War and Victory medals.

Private William Haydock is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2778
Date of Death: 09/08/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 11 A.

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One Response to 2778 PTE. W. HAYDOCK. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Keith Parker says:

    HiPaul
    My name is Keith Parker and I am the great Nephew of Private 24342 Bernard Rogerson whoserved with the 2/5th TA unitin 1917.He was killed in action on the morning of 26th October 1917 at Poelcappelle.I understand that this was part of the third battle of Ypres during which over 100 men from the 2/5th were killed.Hisname appearsonthe CWGC panel 102 to 104 at Tyne Cot memorial Zonnebeke Belgium. His body was never found.
    I am trying to obtain photos or any information about Bernard’s service.
    At the time of his death he was living at Duckworth Hall in Claughton nr Garstang with his parents,siblings, cousins and hisgrandparents .
    Regards Keith

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