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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago a soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, died of wounds (DOW) having returned from France to the UK for treatment.

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.

6573 Private ALEXANDER DONE was born in Manchester on 1st April 1885. He was the son of Joseph Henry Alexander and Sarah Done of Darwen; and was the husband of Sarah Done (nee Turner) of 25, Lord Street, Darwen – they married in June 1914. He had a brother named Harry and a sister named Elizabeth. Alexander first enlisted at Preston on 1st August 1901 claiming to be 18 – he was infact just 16 years old. Alexander completed twelve years service with the Colours in July 1913 and then joined the Reserves, from which he was recalled when War broke out. He disembarked in France to join the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 27th August 1914.

At some point during the next few months, Alexander Done was wounded in France and was sent back to the UK for treatment at Cambridge hospital in Aldershot. It was here he died on 2nd December 1914.

His wife asked that his headstone carry the words: FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. She gave birth to their daughter on 27th February 1915, whom she named Alexandra after her father.

Rank: Private
Service No: 6573
Date of Death: 02/12/1914 (DOW)
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 330 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – 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: 2
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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