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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died of wounds (DOW) in 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.

2959 Private JAMES TOAL

James Toal enlisted into the Special Reserves on 25th August 1914 having previously served with the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. At the time of this later enlistment he was 30 years 6 months old and working as a labourer. He stood 5ft 7in tall with brown eyes and red hair and spent a couple of months in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion before being posted into the 1st Battalion LNL on 29th November 1914 and sailing to France for active service.

On 18th January 1915, exactly 150 days after reenlisting, Private James Toal died of wounds at Beuvry

The day before his death, 17th January 1915, the Battalion war diary records a bomb falling on ‘B’ Company’ lines which ‘accounted for five casualties’. It cannot be said for sure, but possible Private James Toal was amongst these five men as the preceding weeks were relatively quiet.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2959
Date of Death: 18/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

*CWGC incorrectly gives Daniel and Bridget as being his parents. They were not. Within James’ papers it is referenced several times that they were his brother and sister.


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 510

1st Battalion: 447 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 51 – 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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