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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two men of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died as prisoners of war in Germany; and a third man died of wounds in France.

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.

6410 Private Francis William CLARKE

Francis was the son of Mr. William T. and Mrs. A. Clarke and was born in Worcester in about 1882. He enlisted in the Army in Gibraltar and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 29th November 1914. Francis was taken prisoner on 22nd December 1914 at Givenchy and was interred at Wittenberg POW camp. He died there on 2nd February 1915 and was buried in the Berlin south-western cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 6410
Date of Death: 02/02/1915
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “C” Coy. 1st Bn.

3199 Private Thomas FURNISS

Thomas Furniss was born in Leeds but enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston having previously served in the West Yorkshire Regiment (3016/Time expired). When he reenlisted as a Special Reservist in the 3rd Battalion LNL he was 41 years 7 months old and had been employed as a groom.

Thomas was mobilised and sailed to France on 29th November 1914 to join the 1st Battalion and was wounded in his left shoulder and elbow during the Battle of Givenchy on 22nd December 1914.  Wounded, he was taken POW and held at Aachen POW camp. He succumbed to his wounds on 2nd February 1915. Thomas left his wife Fanny (nee Taylor) and their ten month old child Edward Lawrence.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3199
Date of Death: 02/02/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

2916 Serjeant James William MOORE

James Moore was the husband of Josephine Moore (nee McIntyre), of 26 Brompton Road, Edge Lane, Liverpool. Jospehine was James’ second wife; he was a widower with three sons when they married in Liverpool in January 1914.

James was born in Cork, Ireland and had previously served with the 3rd LNL becoming time expired. He reenlisted as a Special Reservist on 19th August 1914 and was mobilised on 4th January 1915 where he sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion in the field. Having been promoted to Corporal tge previous September, James was appointed acting Serjeant.

James sustained a ‘dangerous’ gunshot wound to the head on 26th January 1914 and died of this wound on 2nd February at No. 13 Station Hospital, Boulogne.

Josephine gave birth to his forth (their first) son in April 1915 and named him John La Basse Moore after the area in which his father was killed.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 2916
Date of Death: 02/02/1915 (DOW)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 553

1st Battalion: 487 – 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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