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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action (KIA) in France. The men weren’t in the front line at the time and the circumstances as to how he met his death is so far unknown.

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 War Diary 

17th November 1914 – Marched to STRAZEELE where Battalion went into billets and remained there until midday the 19th inst. Two officers and 100 men joined the Battalion as reinforcements. Strength of Battalion: 5 Officers and 480 Other Ranks.

3399 Private GEORGE ASHURST. He was born and enlisted in Wigan. A former collier he enlisted as a Special Reservist in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 1st September 1914 when he was 39 years 299 days old. He had previously served with the 5th (Territorial) Bn. Manchester Regiment. Disembarked in France on 22nd September 1914 and served with ‘B Company, 1st Battalion. He was noted as missing, presumed dead, 78 days later. His next of kin was his wife, Mrs Catherine Ashurst of 3, Anderton Street, Wigan. They had a son (John Thomas) and two daughters (Florence and Ellen).

Rank: Private
Service No: 3399
Date of Death: 17/11/1914 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 386

1st Battalion: 325 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 2
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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