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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago three men from the 1st  Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died. An Officer and a Private were killed in action in France, and another man died as a POW in Germany.

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.

24th March 1915: 1st Battalion War Diary

Our line is known as D2. The Companies worked all night on the parapets which are very bad. The enemy shelled the RUE DE BOIS about 8am and again at 3pm. Lt C N Andrews and one man were killed in one of the advanced posts. Sergt Fewster severely wounded in the same place. We had to wait till dark before any inspection of the breastworks at 6pm.

Enemy very quiet. D Coy relieved C Coy in firing line at 7.30pm. Two men wounded in advanced posts.

Second Lieutenant CHARLES NEVILLE ANDREWS was the son of Charles William and Ellen Andrews, of 11, Mortimer Rd, Ealing, London.

ltandrewsRank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 24/03/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn. atchd 1st Bn.

11442 Private John McDONALD was born in Chesterfield, Derby. He enlisted in Preston and was killed in action in France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 11442
Date of Death: 24/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

9853 Lance Corporal John Appleton BARTON was born in Whitstable on 21st August 1891. He was the son of William George Barton and Olive Frances (nee West) of Owens Court Cottage, Selling, Faversham, Kent. John died at Suder-Zollhaus POW camp and was buried in Hamburg, Germany.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 9853
Date of Death: 24/03/1915
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “B” Coy. 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 577

1st Battalion: 501 – 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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