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A short account of the Mons, as published in the Liverpool Echo on Friday 09 October 1914.

Private J. Kehoe, of the Loyal North Lancashires, writes from the London General Hospital, Chelsea:-  …We were doing thirty-six miles a day in the red-hot sun. The roads were not pleasant to march on. The battle of Mons was murder, for there was nothing but artillery shells bursting over our trenches all the time.  A shower of bullets came whizzing over our trenches. Then we started off. I was exhausted with firing, for we were on the go for several hours. Then at the finish we made a bayonet charge. We we fighting like that for ten days, and also wringing wet. I had three or four narrow escapes.

I was in the trench having a bit of a doze – my right arm was resting on the left arm of the fellow next to me – when all of a sudden I found my arm thrown up in the air almost. I looked round. My chum’s arm was blown off altogether, and I escaped without a scratch.

It breaks my heart to be down in this hospital. Nearly every day there are friends come in to see the others. . . I am left on my own.

10509 Private James Kehoe had served in the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment since January 1913. He  landed in France with the British Expeditionary Force on 12th August 1914 and was discharged due to wounds in April 1915.

He was given the Silver War Badge number B329903.

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One Response to Newspapers: 10509 PTE. J. KEHOE. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Ben Miller says:

    Hi Paul.

    I am trying to find information about my grandfather: 2400 Pte. J Davies who was in the Special Reservist, then attached to the LNL reg. early on in WW1. He was captured, I think at the battle of Mons, and interred for the duration. I have a family photograph of him as a prisoner in Berlin but other than that very little information of his war years.

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