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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two men the 1st  Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died. One man was killed in action in France and the second died of wounds at home in the UK.

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: 28th March 1915

Work carried out on the front line. Two small butts connected by breastwork. The enemy shelled our trenches at 6am and caused eight casualties, otherwise all quiet.

C Coy relieved D Coy in No. 1 section. Large working parties sent out to front line joining up the advanced posts with breastworks. Very cold but fine.

None of the men want to be relieved, and they are quite happy in their shelters. A very bright and frosty night, good progress made on defences. A draft of ten men arrived.

Private Thomas BRIDGE was born in Burscough and enlisted in Chorley. He sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion in the field on 18th January 1915.

It is likely that Thomas died as a result of the shell fire at 6am mentioned in the War Diary above. His war gratuity was paid to his widow, Alice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 18690
Date of Death: 28/03/1915 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Private Frederick William LEYLAND was the son of Thomas William and Alice Leyland of 86 Wilbraham Street, Preston. He disembarked in France on 15th September 1914 to join the 1st Battalion in the field. Thomas was wounded in France and returned to Aldershot hospital in the UK for treatment, where he subsequently died of his wounds. Frederick is buried in Preston (New Hall) Cemetery. His war gratuity was paid to his mother, Alice.


Rank: Private
Service No: 1865
Date of Death: 28/03/1915 (DOW)
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 582

1st Battalion: 505 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 55 – 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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