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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one officer and seven men of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were killed in action near Allouange, Beuvry in France. This was during raids on German trenches during the early hours, and by snipers during the day.

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

27th January 1915 (PM)

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.

Our casualties during the night were 2/Lt Dawes killed, 1 killed (Lance Corporal Charles Price) and five wounded in other ranks.

28th January 1915

Remained in the trenches all day. The men are not steady. We had three or four casualties through snipers. The enemy’s trenches are very close to us and in one instance we occupy the same trench.

At 6pm the Sussex relieved us and the Battalion, less ‘A’ Company left in local support, was with withdrawn to the PONT FIXE road where we went into billets in reserve.


Second Lieutenant Charles Edmund DAWES

Charles Dawes was born in Manchester in mid-1893. His father was a farrier named William Henry George Dawes and his mother was named Harriet. He had four siblings.

He attended Manchester Municipal Secondary School and from 1912 to 1914 was a student of the University of Manchester in the Elementary Training department. It was during his time at Manchester University that Charles joined the Officer Training Corps. When war broke out in August 1914 he received his commission into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and he sailed to France on 4th January 1915. The War Diary records that he joined the Battalion in the field on 15th January and just thirteen days later, on the morning of 28th January, he was shot through the chest whilst leading a raid on some German trenches. Charles Edmund Dawes died of his wounds later that day and was buried in Woburn Abbey Cemetery in Cuinchy.

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd attd. 1st Bn.
Cemetery: WOBURN ABBEY CEMETERY, CUINCHY

* CWGC incorrectly records his middle name as Edward.


2988 Private Hugh LEECE

Hugh was the son of James and Sarah and brother of Albert Leece. He was born and enlisted in Liverpool. He joined the Special Reserves on 22nd August 1914 having once before served with the 3rd Battalion, LNL. Hugh was posted into the 1st Battalion and sailed to France on 29th November 1914.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2988
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (KIA)
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL


4349 Private James BAINES

James Baines was the son of the late Aaron and Mary Baines. His brother was William Baines of 10 Conway Street, Farnworth. James was born in Bolton and reenlisted as a Special Reservist in Farnwort. He had previously served during the South African Campaign but had since been working as a collier. James Baines was initially posted in to the 3rd Battalion and was then posted into the 1st Battalion as he sailed to France on 4th January 1915.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4349 (KIA)
Date of Death: 28/01/1915
Age: 52 46*
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL

*CWGC incorrectly record his age as being 52. When James enlisted in September 1914 he stated he was 46 years 40 days old; other documents confirm his age.


2669 Private WALTER CAMPBELL

Walter was born in Walton and enlisted in Liverpool. He was the son of Mrs. Lenora Craig, of 8, Brunswick Square, Liverpool. He sailed for France on 4th of January 1915.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2669
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 35
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY


2480 Private GEORGE SEFTON

George Sefton was born and resided in Bolton but enlisted in Preston. He was the son of James and Mary Alice Sefton who were separated. His mother lived at 41, Clarendon Street, Bolton and was his legal next of kin. George enlisted into the Special Reserve in April 1914 which was a few weeks before his 18th birthday, he was working in a textile factory in Bolton. His reason for joining the Army was ‘to better himself’. George was mobilised on 8th August and from the 3rd Battalion was posted into the 1st Battalion. He sailed to France on 22nd September 1914 to join them in the field.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2480
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (DOW)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY


6926 Private William QUIGLEY

William Quigley was born in Liverpool and enlisted in Bootle in 1902 when he was 18 years old. He was the son of Patrick and Jane Quigley; and the husband of Ellen Quigley (nee Burns) of 29, Birchfield Street, Islington, Liverpool. They had two children; the youngest, James was born in November 1914. During his first term of service he served with the 2nd Battalion LNL in the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and South Africa. James was recalled and sailed for France with the initial deployment of the 1st Battalion on 12th August 1914. On 3rd January 1915 he was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to his left eye but rejoined the Battalion soon thereafter. He would never meet his son James.

Rank: Private
Service No: 6926
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (KIA)
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL


3201 Private Joseph CADE

Joseph Cade was born and enlisted in Bolton. He was 39 years old when he enlisted in the Special Reserve in August 1914 having previously served in the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Joseph was posted from the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion into the 1st (Service) Battalion on 29th November 1914 when he sailed to France to join his new Battalion in the field. He was wounded and taken by field ambulance to Rouen with boils on 2nd January 1915 but soon rejoined his unit. He was killed 26 days later. His next of kin is noted as Mrs Eliza Ellen Cade (nee O’Toole) of 33 Oak Street, Bolton. They had three children.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3201
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL


10913 Private David DOWNEY

David Downey was born and resided in Manchester but enlisted in Preston. He was the brother of Richard Downey, of 35, Tilt Street, Queen’s Road, Miles Platting, Manchester. David had previously served during the South African campaign. His papers do not appear to have survived but it is known he sailed to France on 22nd September 1914 to join the 1st Battalion and was killed in action on 28th January 1915. His war gratuity was primarily split between his brother Richard and sister Mary. Lesser amounts were distributed amongst his sister in law, nieces and nephews.

Rank: Private
Service No: 10913
Date of Death: 28/01/1915 (KIA)
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 542

Regulars
1st Battalion: 476 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 52 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
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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2 Responses to On this day: 28th January 1915

  1. My great grandad 1783 private fred Slater “B” Coy 1st./4th. battalion LNL was killed at Loos on 15/06/1915 whilst trying to gain ground thru uncut barbed wire and machine gun fire, to my knowlede he was never found but in commorated on panels 27/28 of the Le Touret memorial. He was one of the sons of James Henry and Eliza Jane Slater of 92 Senior St, Preston.

  2. Chris Stansfield says:

    1783 Private Fred Slater “B” Coy 1st./4th. battalion LNL presumed dead at Loos on 15/06/1915 did not have any children:

    Baptism: 5 Sep 1894 St Peter, Preston, Lancashire, England Fred Slater – [Child] of James Henry Slater & Eliza Jane Abode: 11 Milton St Preston. Father’s Occupation: Piecer; Baptised by: D F Chapman Register: Baptisms 1893 – 1900, Page 12

    Joined the army 9 Feb 1914; aged 19 years and 5 months, army records show that he was not married and no marriage date is shown on his army records during his army service. At the time of is death his father, James Henry Slater, is named as next of kin.

    I think your Great Grandfather, Fred Slater was this Fred Slater’s uncle (Brother of James Henry Slater):

    Name: Fred Slater, Baptism Date: 27 Feb 1895 Parish: Preston, Lancashire, England; Father: Charles Slater Mother: Alice Slater (neé Langtree) Register Type: Parish Registers Reference Number: PR 2951/1/3

    This Fred Slater:

    Marriage: Date: 9 Aug 1913 at Preston, St Jude, Lancashire;
    Fred Slater; Gender Male; Age: 19; Birth Year: abt 1894; Event Type Marriage; Event Date: 9 Aug 1913; Spouse: Elizabeth Ann Naylor; Age 19. Father Charles Slater Spouse Father James Naylor Register Type: Parish Register.

    This Fred Slater Died: Frederick Slater Birth Date: abt 1895 Date of Registration: Sep 1948 Age at Death: 53 Registration district: Preston Inferred County: Lancashire Volume: 10f Page: 228

    Fred Slater and Elizabeth Ann Naylor had several children.

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