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howarthAlbert Howarth lived at 12 Bond Street, Burnley and served with the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the First World War.

He was killed in action on 20th September 1917 on the opening day of The Battle of Menin Road Ridge. Albert was just 20 years old and is one of nearly 35,000 casualties (451 Loyal North Lancs) commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, near Ypres.

The following article appeared in a local newspaper shortly after he was killed:


Twenty years of age, and having been serving since last January, Pte. Albert Howarth, 32059, Loyal North Lancashires, younger son of Mr and Mrs Howarth, Bond-street, Burnley, was killed in action on September 20th. The young man joined the Army on November 9th, 1916. He died in action, being hit by shrapnel. Quite recently he was wounded and gassed, but in a months time he was fighting again. Formerly he was in business in Sandygate, He was connected with Stoneyholme Wesleyan Church and Sunday School, and is the third member of Mr Caldwell’s class to have been killed. An uncle and several cousins of Pte. Howarth are with the forces.

The following letter from a soldier comrade conveyed to the parents particulars of the young soldiers death: – I was one who was picked out to stop at the transport, as they always leave so many lads behind. Before the other lads went up to the line I was talking to Albert, and he said he was going with a good heart, and was expecting coming back safe and sound. I asked the lads who were with him how he got killed, and they said he was hit by shrapnel, and died instantly. I am very glad to be able to tell you that he was a good lad here. There were three of us pals, and I am  sorry to say there only one left.

Rank: Private
Service No: 32059
Date of Death: 20/09/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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