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

Nathaniel LOMAX was born in Radcliffe in 1872 and was son to Daniel and Mary.  He was the husband of Jane Annie Lomax (nee Dillon) of 161 Bridgewater Street, Farnworth who he had married in Bolton in October 1903. They had three of their own children; Bertha (b. 26/01/1905), Nathaniel (baptised 14/03/1909) and Annie (baptised 25/06/1912) and he had a stepson Thomas Alfred Hudson.

When war broke out Nathaniel was recalled as a Special Reservist having previously been time expired from the Army and since working as a collier. He reenlisted at Farnworth on 24th August 1914 and was given the number 3335. The medical officer described him as being 5ft 7in tall, weighing 150lbs with a 38in chest.

Nathaniel sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 29th November 1914; and unfortunately 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.

Private Nathaniel Lomax died of typhus at Wittenberg prisoner of war camp at 17:30 hrs on 16th April 1915.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3335
Date of Death: 16/04/1915
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 593

1st Battalion: 514 – 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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