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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, were killed in action (KIA) in France. The circumstances surrounding their deaths is unknown as the Battalion were in billets at the time.

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

23rd November 1914 – Battalion still at Hazebrouck refitting. Very cold. Snow which fell 4 days ago still lying on the ground.

1949 Private JOSEPH MOLLOY. He was born in St Helens, lived in Wigan and enlisted in Preston. He was the son of Patrick Molloy, of 81, Silver Street, Wigan. He landed in France on 22nd September 1914 and was shortly afterwards appointed Lance Corporal.

Rank: Private
Service No: 1949
Date of Death: 23/11/1914* (KIA)
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

* SDGW lists his date of death as 03/11/1914

1957 Private ROBERT WILLIAMS. He was born, lived and enlisted in Preston. His parents were named John and Elizabeth, he had a brother named Edward and three sisters; Gertrude, Elizabeth and Anne. Robert enlisted on 11th June 1912 and landed in France on 3rd September 1914.


Rank: Private
Service No: 1957
Date of Death: 23/11/1914 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 329 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – 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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