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marginson2Ambrose Marginson was the son of James and Elizabeth Marginson of Hoghton Hall, Hoghton, near Preston, Lancashire.

On 23rd November 1914, Ambrose aged 19yrs 7mths, entered the recruitment office in Preston and enlisted for four years service in the Territorial Force. He had no previous military experience.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 5in tall, having a 34in chest and being of good physical development.

Private Ambrose Marginson was posted into the 1/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the service number 3368.

On 4th May 1915, Ambrose set sail with the 1/4th Battalion for France, and less than a month later on the first day of the Battle of Festubert was reported as being missing in action, presumed dead.

The following report soon appeared in a local newspaper


His parents later received and acknowledged receipt of their late sons 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory medal; by now they were living at Priory Lodge, Pleasington, Blackburn.

Ambrose has no known grave, he is commemorated on the Le Touret memorial; and on the Hoghton War Memorial in the U.K. pictured below.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3368
Date of Death: 15/06/1915
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Panel 27 and 28.

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