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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died as a prisoner of war 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.

Private William SAUNT was born in Coppull in about November 1873. When war broke out William was recalled as a Special Reservist having previously served for two years with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. At the enlistment office in September 1914 William declared he was already 40 years 10 months old and had been working as a collier. The medical officer described him as being 5ft 9in, weighing 149lbs with a 37in chest.

William sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 29th November 1914.

Following the actions at La Basse on 22nd December 1914 he was reported to be missing in action. It was later discovered he had been taken by Germans as a prisoner.

He died of pneumonia at Wittenberg prisoner of war camp on 14th April 1915. His next of kin was recorded as being his father, Edward Saunt of Emily Street, Chorley.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3602
Date of Death: 14/04/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 592

1st Battalion: 513 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 55 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 4
1/5th Battalion: 6
2/5th Battalion: 2

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

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 6
3rd Battalion: 3
Unknown: 1

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