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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.


Charles was the son of James Shepherd, of Oxford and the husband of Alice (nee Coombs) whom he married in Bolton in October 1897. The couple lived at 25 Gate Street, Bolton.

Charles enlisted as a Special Reservist soldier on 9th September 1914 and arrived in France to join the 1st Battalion on 4th January 1915. He had previously served in the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, being time expired.

Charles died of wounds in No. 3 field ambulance at Beuvry just 17 days after arriving in France, 21st January 1915.

War Diary: 21st January 1915
In the trenches. At 9am the Germans commenced firing at us with a Minenwerfer (a trench mortar which throws a shell over 100lbs in weight). It has not a great range but the shell causes a terrific explosion on falling. The shell can be clearly seen in the air and as it thrown high there is time to avoid it if one can estimate roughly the direction it is taking. It has a strong pull to the right so the best thing is to move to (-) our right. About ten of these shells were put near our trenches on the right – but we suffered no casualties. At 3pm we were relieved by the Cameron Highlanders and by 5.30pm the evacuation was formed up in CAMBRIN. The whole of the 2nd Brigade were relieved and we marched back to BETHUNE and went into billets in the TOBACCO FACTORY. A very wet night.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4254
Date of Death: 21/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 450 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 52 – 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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