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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died of typhus whilst he was a Prisoner in Germany.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

3705 Private John GORMLEY

John Gormley was born in Roscommon, Ireland in about 1873. Standing 5ft 10.5in he was tall for that time and had just turned 41 years old when he re-enlisted as a Special Reservist in September 1914. He had previously served with the same Regiment in South Africa during the Boer war where he was present during the Defence of Kimberley. John sailed to France on 29th November 1914 to join the 1st Battalion in the Field. He was captured on 22nd December the same year at La Basse and interred at Wittenberg POW camp. There was a serious outbreak of Typhoid at the camp in early 1915 and John, along with several other LNL prisoners, worked as an orderly on the ward regardless of the danger that posed to his own health. He unfortunately contracted typhus and died on 10th March 1915. For this valuable service whilst a POW, John was brought to the attention of the Secretary of State for War (more details can be found in the Robert Molloy article HERE). His wife was Mary Ellen Gormley of 33 Hazel Street, Blackburn; they had married in August 1903 and had three sons and a daughter.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3705
Date of Death: 10/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 568

1st Battalion: 496 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 54 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 3
1/5th Battalion: 3
2/5th Battalion: 2

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 5
3rd Battalion: 2
Unknown: 1

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One Response to On this day: 10th March 1915

  1. Laurence Moscrop says:

    …Hi…I’m Laurence….doing a bit of research re my great-uncle…Ebenezer Anders, No 32820 10th Batt, Loyal North Regiment.
    He’s listed as having died 23rd July 1917 in Belgium….and there’s a photo of his grave on Google (Ebenezer Anders Pimbo Lane). I was trying to find any photo’s of him there might be…and any other info…how he died etc?

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