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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died whist a prisoner of war in Germany; and another man of the 3rd Battalion (previously 1st Bn.) died in the UK.

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.

1st Battalion

1257 Lance Corporal Harry BEST1257 LCPL HARRY BEST 1ST BN POW THEN DIED

Harry was the son of Thomas and Ellen Best and had two brothers Tom and Herbert. Harry had married Mary (nee Pickthall) at St. Andrew’s church in Preston in May 1912 and in October the same year their daughter Elenor was born. The article states that Harry was in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. He had joined the Reserve in 1908 but was transferred into the 1st Battalion when he sailed to France on 15th September 1914. He was appointed Lance Corporal in the October.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 1257
Date of Death: 15/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

3rd Battalion

2621 Private Joseph PORTER

Joseph was the son of John and Ann Porter, and brother to John Charles, William and Mary. He was born in Kirkham, lived in Heywood and enlisted into the Army at Preston. Joseph sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 15th September 1915 but was back in the UK when he died at Felixstowe on 15th March 1915. No further information known as service papers do not appear to have survived.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2621
Date of Death: 15/03/1915
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 498 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 54 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

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

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

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

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