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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was killed in action in France during a raid on German trenches.

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.

4348 Lance Corporal CHARLES PRICE

Charles Price was 38 years old when he was recalled to the Army when war broke out in 1914. He had previously served with the Lancashire Fusiliers becoming time expired. Charles joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion on 17th September 1914 and was appointed Lance Corporal the following month.

Charles was married to Jane (nee Brownson). They had married at Bolton Christ church on 22nd April 1905 and they lived at 48 Rushey Fold Lane, Bolton. Charles and Jane had four children; George (b.1905), Charles (b.1908), Ethel (b.1902) and Lilian who was born on boxing day 1914.

Just after the birth of Lilian, on 4th January 1915 Charles was posted into the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and sailed to France to join them in the field.

Charles Price was killed in action just 23 days later, during the night of 27th /28th January 1915.

1st Battalion War Diary: 27th January 1915

We remained in reserve until about 5pm when the Battalion received orders to relieve the Sussex who were holding the line from the embankment to the KEEP inclusive. Two offensive operations had also to be carried out during the night.

1. On the left. A party of 30 men under 2/Lt C.E Dawes attacked along the north side of railway embankment with a view to capturing a German post about 100 yards east of the culvert. The attack commenced at 2am in the following manner:- Ten men advanced with hand grenades and rifles slung over one shoulder followed by another ten with fixed bayonets, followed by another ten with tools and sandbags. 2/Lt Dawes was shot through the chest and the attack failed.

2. The attack was led a second time at 4.30am by 2/Lt R.A Barker who succeeded in entering the enemy trench with two other men. A very hot fire was opened on them from the Germans in a trench running directly away from the embankment. 2/Lt Barker was wounded and the remainder of the party fell back. The attack had failed.

At 2.30pm some bombing operations were carried out by ‘A’ Company near the KEEP but were not very successful.

A bright moonlight night made any further operations very difficult. The men are losing confidence in themselves and do not show a very good spirit. Our NCOs and Officers are all too young.

The following effects were sent home to his wife in May 1915;

  • 4 x letters
  • 1 x photo
  • 6 x postcards
  • 2 x pieces of medal ribbon

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 4348
Date of Death: 27/01/1915 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 468 – 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: 4
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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