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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in the United Kingdom.

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.

4513 Private JOHN COMER

John Comer was born in Wallsall, Staffordshire in August 1856. He was the husband of Mary Comer (formerly Sweeney) and they lived at 21 St. Philip’s Road, Preston.

John had previously served two terms in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (1 year then 12 years). Shortly after war broke out, on 15th October 1914, he rejoined again as a Special Reservist. At this time John was now 58 years 2 months old and had been employed as a waiter.

101 days after joining, Private John Comer died of acute bronchitis. He was buried in Preston New Hall Lane Cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4513
Date of Death: 23/01/1915
Age: 61  58*
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Depot, 3rd Bn.

* CWGC have incorrectly listed his age as being 61.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 451 – 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: 3
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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