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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two men of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died as a prisoners of war in Germany during the typhoid endemic at Wittenberg.

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.

These men died of typhus whilst held as prisoners of war at Wittenberg POW camp. They had volunteered to work on the wards as orderlies during the outbreak, sacrificing themselves in order to help others.

An extract from the final page of the ‘Horrors of Wittenburg: The Official Report to the British Government’.

…These officers concur in praising the splendid bearing of the orderlies. They each of them volunteered for the work; they tended prisoners of all nationalities. They all of them, with full understanding, for they were all warned, risked their lives without a thought, and many of them died at their post.

The Committee hope to be able in due course to supply His Majesty’s Government with a full list of these heroic souls.

The Committee feel that every one of these officers and men as truly offered his life for the sake of others as any soldier on the battlefield, and they venture to hope that the devoted service of such of them as survive will be duly remembered at the proper time.


Lance Corporal Percy Antropus ALMOND was the son of the late John and Mary Ellen Almond, of Liverpool.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 8249
Date of Death: 02/04/1915
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Lance Corporal Philip WRIGHT was born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire. He was 41 years old when War broke out and, having served previously, was recalled as a Special Reserve. He had married Ada Matthews at Hartlepool in July 1890 but had since been widowed. They had three children.

You can read his full biography <HERE>.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 3104
Date of Death: 02/04/1915*
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

*Soldiers Died in the Great War incorrectly gives his date of death as 20/04/15. This is due to the vagueness of initial reports stating he died between 16th Feb – 20th April 1915.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 588

1st Battalion: 510 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 55 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 3
1/5th Battalion: 6
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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