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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in the UK having been wounded and sent back from France.

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.

James Foley was born in the parish of St Annes, Blackburn around 1893. He was 21 years old when he enlisted in the Army ‘Special Reserve’, joining the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 5th August 1914 at Preston. James had served with the Regiment before (1912), but had been discharged under article 1058a, para 390 XVA.

Prior to enlisting he had married Rachel (nee Birkett), and had been working as a general labourer. They lived with their daughter Mary (born 15th October 1913) and James’ mother, Kate at 8 Almond Street, Blackburn.

James sailed to France on 22nd September 1914 to join the 1st Battalion. He was present, and ‘under-fire’ during the infamous retreat from Mons, and the First Battle of Ypres where he was slightly wounded.

On 26th November 1914 James spent 7 days in the 1st Scottish General Hospital in Aberdeen having been sent back to the UK.

Suddenly one week ago attacked with abdominal pain, diarrhea and headache.. (spent) two days at Hazebrouck and three days near Boulogne, (before being) received here. No abdominal tenderness or abnormality to be made out. 29.11.1914 – Condition much improved. 04.12.1914 – Discharged on 14 days furlough of leave.

On 14th February 1915, at Blackburn, James died of Sarcoma of the bladder.

James Foley was buried in Blackburn cemetery, however there has been a slight error made by the CWGC regarding his regimental number.

This cemetery was recently subject to a clean up by the Army, after failing into disrepair. You can read the article, and see a photo of James headstone HERE.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2589 2587
Date of Death: 14/02/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Depot
Cemetery: BLACKBURN CEMETERY, H. R.C. 1650.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 556

1st Battalion: 489 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 52 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

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

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

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

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