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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man from the depot of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died and was buried in Wigan.

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.


3918 Private William HEALEY

William was born in Wigan and re-enlisted as a Special Reservist in Hindley on 2nd September 1914. He had previously served with the Lancashire Fusiliers, was time expired and had been working as a collier.He can be found on the 1901 census as a soldier at Chatham Barracks.

William knocked a few years off his true age in order to enlist, he falsely declared upon attestation that he was 37 years 325 days old when in fact he was born in 1877 and was 41. The medical officer described his physical condition as poor and remarked ‘he wants feeding’.

William sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion in the field on 29th September 1914 and just 14 days later returned to the UK and was admitted to Preston Military Hospital. William died of the heart condition Endocarditis on 21st March 1915 whilst on leave at 56 Silver Street, Wigan.

William Healey was unmarried; his father’s name was William of 14 Garden Street, off Warrington Road, Wigan. His sister was Margaret Leyland and brother Edward.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3918
Date of Death: 21/03/1915
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Depot

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 574

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: 6
3rd Battalion: 3
Unknown: 1

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