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Isaac Thomasson enlisted as a Private in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25 March 1903. His service number was 7147.

By 1914 Isaac had been promoted to Lance Corporal and was in the 1st Battalion. He landed in France on 12 August 1914 and was present at the ‘Retreat from Mons’.

In 14 September 1914 he sustained gunshot wounds and was left for dead in a crater that was now occupied by Germans. The newspaper article was written by Isaac in December 1914.


I was bandaging one of the Cameron Highlanders when a bullet passed straight through my knee and into the calf of another Cameron, so he is carrying my bullet somewhere.

Our troops had retired from the position, and ten of us got into a pit close by, where we stayed until dusk, when a Guards officer made a red cross with blood on a handkerchief which he fastened to his stick. This was seen by a party of Germans, who came up and shot the two officers and then the remainder of our party. I lay quiet, expecting to receive my quietus, but a bullet went right through my arm and shoulder.

I waited a while and two or three English soldiers came. One bandaged my shoulder, and there I stayed in the rain until dawn. I managed to struggle out and attract the attention of some South Wales Borderers. A large party of Germans coming, the Borderers retired to their trenches, and the fighting began again.

I was again left to the tender mercies of the enemy, but this time I lay as if dead, and they evidently took it that I was, for they were quite close to me in the same pit. To lie on your back and feign death for any length of time requires a lot more doing than I thought. It appeared to me a week, although it was not more than a few hours.

I see there is an officer, Lieutenant Goldie, reported missing. He is not missing in the military sense, because the pigs blew his brains out just before they shot me a second time.

On 24 March 1916 Isaac was discharged due to the wounds he had sustained in France. He was issued Silver War Badge number 70867.

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He never did get over the wounds from that day in 1914. He went on to be a Lancashire policeman and passed away in 1957.

Isaac Thomasson was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

No service or pension records survive.

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2 Responses to 7147. PTE. I. THOMASSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. William Roy says:

    Issac was my Grandfarther

    • admin says:

      Hi William,
      Thanks for getting in touch. If you have any further information or photos of Isaac, that you would like to add to the article please let me know

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