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poppyOn this day, one hundred years ago, one soldier of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died (D) whilst training with the 10th Battalion at Eastborne; one men died of wounds (DOW) and one man was killed in action (KIA) in France.

The 1st Battalion War Diary for the day states; TROYON 10pm – A strong attack in ‘A’ Companies trench which we repelled. There was no firing in our left trenches. We had 2 killed and 5 wounded during the shell fire and rifle fire.

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.


Private William Bailey; Born in Salford and enlisted in Manchester. Son of the late Thomas and Rachel Bailey.

Rank: Private
Service No: 15750
Date of Death: 10/10/1914 (D)
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.


Private John E Everett. Born in Aylesbury (Bucks) and enlisted in London. Disembarked in France on 21st August 1914. His widow, Mrs E Everett applied for his medals, address 131 Elyn Road, Clapton E5.

Rank: Private
Service No: 8036
Date of Death: 10/10/1914 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.


Private Roger McDonald. Born and enlisted in Preston. Had served in the 3rd Battalion, the Militia before joining the regular Battalion when he was 18 years old in September 1901. He served during the Boer War and stayed with the Army until 1905 when he joined the Reserve. In June 1913 he re-enlisted with the Reserves and was mobilised into the 1st Battalion in August 1914. He disembarked in France on 3rd September 1914.

Rank: Private
Service No: 6523
Date of Death: 10/10/1914 (DOW)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

The following letter was sent to his wife;

Dear Madam,

I was visiting the hospital the other day and came across your husband who had just come down from the front and had apparently been wounded by the explosion of one those heavy German shells.

He was bearing his suffering so bravely and he gave me your address. I promised to write to you. Having left a wife and little kiddies of my own in England, I felt so much for you in your anxiety about him. We had a little talk about the Saviour and what a Friend He was to all who trust Him and I sent you a post card yesterday. Feeling led to go over and make further enquiries before sending the post card, I write and it is my painful duty to have to tell you that God has released him from his suffering and he died on the die before.

He was, I am told, so anxious that you may get the twelve francs he left, and I trust you will receive this with one or two other keep-sakes safely in due time.

Meanwhile may the loving heavenly Father reveal himself very specially to you at this time and draw you very near Himself through the revelation of His love He made when He gave His one and SON Jesus Himself  and suffers no on ever as yet has suffered to (unreadable).

I am only a young officer but I have known of love and keeping power for seven years now and my desire is to tell others what a loving and sympathetic Saviour Jesus is. He says in His Lord to Let their widows trust in Me and He will not betray that trust.

Again God is Love and Jesus Himself wept over the grave of Lazarus. So there is sympathy if you go to God for it, such as the world cannot give. But at such a time as this I feel my words are too poor. I can but commend you to His comfort and pray for you at this time.



Paul McCormick
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