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As printed in the Manchester Evening News on 19th January 1915.


Pastor Wise’s church in Liverpool has supplied 380 men for the front, including five brothers named Virtue.

Serjeant Lyners, Loyal North Lancashires, one of Pastor Wises’s members, writes to his wife on December 21st;

We were ordered to retake some trenches that had been lost. We took them, then on the following day the Germans attacked us and surrounded us, and we lost about 450 men. Our company lost 150 men out of 194, so you can guess what it was like.

It is terrible in the trenches where we are at present, up to the waist in water. Those who are spared to come home should be worshipped.

Note: Serjeant Lyners has not yet been traced.

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