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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were killed in action (KIA) in France. The exact circumstances of these deaths are unknown as the War Diary entry for the day merely states that the Battalion was training and refitting at Hazebrouck.

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.

Edward McCabe was born and lived in Liverpool but enlisted in Preston. He disembarked in France on 12th August 1914 with the first wave of 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancs and saw action at Mons. In June 1919 Mary McCabe, of 31 Eaton Avenue, Litherland in Liverpool applied for his medals. His parents were John and Alice McCabe, late of Ruthven Road, Litherland.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 8422
Date of Death: 15/12/1914 (KIA)
Age: 35
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Walter Coulson was born in Everton and enlisted in Liverpool. He disembarked in France on 15th September 1914.


Rank: Private
Service No: 7875
Date of Death: 15/12/1914 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

* One source, a medal roll, states he was killed in action on 13/12/1914 – all other sources state 15/12/1914 which is most likely.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 345 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – 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: 2
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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