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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two men of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were killed in action (KIA) near Allouange in France, and two other men died of wounds (DOW).

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: 29th January 1915

At 08.30 the enemy made a violent attack along the whole line from the KEEP to the French trenches. We were very heavily shelled in the Reserve trenches and billets. The attack was repulsed by the Sussex and Northamptons who took some prisoners and killed a large number of Germans.

We dug in the second line all day and ‘C’ and ‘B’ Coys went up into close support at CUINCHY. The enemy did not renew the attack and we had a more or less quiet day.

At 6pm we were relieved by the Cameron Highlanders and, less 90 men left as a fatigue party, the Battalion withdrawn to BEUVRY and went into billets there for the night. The men are in a bad state and it is a very good thing to get them out of the firing line for a period.

10368 Private Leslie John FLECKNOE

Leslie Flecknoe was born and resided in Barnet, Hertfordshire. He enlisted into the Army in Mill Hill, London. Leslie disembarked in France on 22nd September 1914 and was involved in an unfortunate accident on 18th October 1914. His father, William Charles Flecknoe was his legal next of kin.

Rank: Private
Service No: 10368
Date of Death: 29/01/1915 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

12944 Private William MOSS

William Moss enlisted in Preston on 1st September 1914. He was 31 years 6 months old and had been working as a fireman. He had no previous military service. William began his service in the 10th Battalion before being posted into the 3rd Battalion in December 1914 and from there into the 1st Battalion upon sailing to France on 4th January 1915. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Moss (nee Scott) of 3 Westmoreland Street, Preston was his legal next of kin. They had married on Christmas Day 1909 and had two children; Jane and George.


Rank: Private
Service No: 12944
Date of Death: 29/01/1915 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

3320 Private John HAIGH

John Haigh was the son of Joseph and Mary Alice Haigh and was born in Chorlton-on-Medlock. He reenlisted into the Army as Special Reservist in Manchester on 28th August 1914. He had previously served six years in the 6th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers. He was 38 years 8 months old and employed as a driver. John sailed to France on 22nd September 1914 and on the 29th January 1915 he was wounded in action. He died of these wounds later that day and was buried in Woburn Abbey Cemetery in Cuinchy.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3320
Date of Death: 29/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 39
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

4559 Private William FRIAR

William was the son of William Friar, of Warrington, and husband of Sarah Ann Friar of 37 Major Goss Street, Widnes, Lancs. Sarah had already been married and was a widow with two children when she met and married William. They then had two sons together; Frederick and John and a daughter named Louisa. William enlisted into the Army as a Special Reservist in Manchester on 21st October 1914 having previously served in for 12 years in the 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He had since been employed in a chemical works.

William joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion LNL before being posted into the 1st Battalion and sailing to France on 4th January 1915. He was wounded in action on 27th January and taken by No. 3 Field Ambulance to Beuvry where he died two days later.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4559
Date of Death: 29/01/1915 (DOW)
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 480 – 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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