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William Saunt was born in Coppull in the last quarter of 1873.

When war broke out William was recalled as a Special Reservist having previously served for two years with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

At the enlistment office in Chorley on 3rd September 1914 William declared he was 40 years 10 months old and had been working as a collier. The medical officer described him as being 5ft 9in, weighing 149lbs with a 37in chest. He was given the number 3602 and posted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

William sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion of the Regiment on 29th November 1914.

Following the actions at La Basse on 22nd December 1914 William was reported to be missing in action. It was later discovered he had been taken by Germans as a prisoner.

Private William Saunt died of pneumonia at Wittenberg prisoner of war camp on 14th April 1915. His next of kin was recorded as being his father, Edward Saunt of Emily Street, Chorley.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3602
Date of Death: 14/04/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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One Response to 3602 PTE. W. SAUNT. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Malcolm Brown says:

    My Grandad Edward Brown was one of the brothers.I have a paper clipping that he was the last brother of the Fighting men of Preston to die when he passed away in 1967 aged 73. Glad to find this article, makes me feel proud.

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