Soldiers Stories

dibleycTo read the stories of the soldiers we have researched so far, please visit this section. Soldiers are divided into their respective battalions, of which some have more entries than others. This is an ongoing project which will take many many years to complete, there are currently circa 500 men represented.

Victoria Cross Recipients

Three soldiers of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were awarded VC’s for acts of gallantry during WW1. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy”. All three soldiers were from different Battalions, click the image of the medal to the left to read their citations.

Diary of a 2nd Lieutenant

Read the remarkable story of a Second Lieutenant from the 1st Battalion, who was involved in the fighting during the Retreat from Mons. A real insight into what was actually happening on the ground, for anyone with an interest in the early months of the Great War this account covers the battles between 5th August – 15th November 1914.

Memoirs of a Private in the 1st Bn

reservistinfranceA must read for anyone interested in the Great War as seen through the eyes of a Private Soldier. Private Frederick A Bolwell discusses his experiences with the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment since his arrival in France in August 1914.

My Experiences in Gallipoli

This is a personal account of Gallipoli and of the Battle of Chunuk Bair by 10996 Private Paul Gaskell who was batman to the Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion, Lieut-Col. Henry George Levinge. Paul Gaskell self-published his experiences in 1917 in a 24-page booklet when he returned to England after being wounded.

From Mons to the First Battle of Ypres

The account from Captain James Gerard Wyndham HYNDSON of the 1st Battalion which covers the period August 1914 to February 1915. The Battles detailed include Mons, Marne, Aisne and Ypres and was first published in October 1932.

The Battle of Festubert

The 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment sailed to France on the S.S Onward on 4th May 1915. Only a few weeks later they received news that they would be taking part in their first major action, the Battle of Festubert on 15th June 1915. The gallant attack, often referred to as ‘the great bayonet charge’ was made and severe losses were incurred.

Memoirs of a MM Winner in the 1st/4th Bn

francediaryThomas Ainscough served with the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion in France from May 1915 and kept a diary about the places he saw. Thomas was a signaler and was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the field. This diary includes references to several other men.

Newspaper Articles

 Each time we come across an interesting newspaper article about the Loyal North Lancs, weresearch all of the soldiers that are mentioned and link the event to their biographies. Often no individuals are mentioned, but if it is especially interesting, or gives good insight we still transcribe it and place it in this section here.


Over 7000 men of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were killed during the first world war. This section attempts to name them in memory of the ultimate sacrifice they made.

This section is a work in progress and is regularly updated.

Many of the names contained in this section were found using the excellent Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

1/4th Battalion History

ebookcoverlnlThis is the full version of the War History of the 1st 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-18. The book contains War Diary entries, accounts of daily activities, nominal rolls and casualty lists.

Period documents

This section contains copies of actual documents that have been found in the Regimental war diaries; or in soldiers service papers. These can include orders that were sent by the H.Q to a Battalion; or generic orders that were given to everyone in the trenches.

War Poetry

poemsA number of soldiers of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment have been found to have been writing poetry whilst serving overseas.

This section contains poems written by members of the Regiment. These works are especially moving; remember the conditions that the poems were written under, with bombs falling, machine gun fire, friends being killed, and the soldier living in constant fear that he may be next.

Section also includes Obituary Poems as printed in newspapers.

Acheived Great Things

trophyIn this section you will find the stories of the men who did great things outside of the military pre/post WW1. This could be sporting achievements or otherwise.

The first entry is Reginald F Squibb, enlisted in the ranks and commissioned into the 10th Bn in 1916. He went on to become the Senior Military Knight of Windsor.

Shot at Dawn

There were over 300 British soldiers shot at dawn during WW1. Whether unable to cope, driven insane or simply ran away, punishment often came by way of a firing squad.

This section contains the stories of the five Loyal North Lancashire men who could stand the fighting no longer.

Transcribing the 10 Bn War Diary

In this section you will find my daily transcriptions the War Diary of the 10th (Service) Battalion. I started this on 30th July 2012, exactly 97 years after the lead elements of the Battalion boarded the train for France on 30th July 1915. Where possible I add a new post each day, keeping in-line with the daily diary entries.



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