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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two Senior NCOs of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in an unfortunate accident 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.

boader and forester

9362 Company Quarter-master Serjeant* William Henry BOARDER

William Boarder was born in St. Pancras, Middlesex but lived in Preston. His substantive rank was that of Corporal, but he held the appointment of Acting Company Quarter-master Serjeant. His gratuity was awarded to his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, William Harry Boarder.

Rank: Company Serjeant Major Company Quarter-master Serjeant
Service No: 9362
Date of Death: 02/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.


* CWGC incorrectly shows his rank as CSM. All other records, and the newspaper article show he was A/CQMS.


7024 Serjeant William Joseph FORRESTER

William Forrester joined the Army on 25th July 1903 when he was 15 years 6 months old. The newspaper article states that he was the son of a soldier and was born at Fulwood Barracks. When he enlisted his mother and step-father, Annie Little and John Stanley Little of Fulwood Barracks gave their consent for him to serve. William enlisted on a long service engagement for 12 years with the Colours. The medical officer recorded William as being 4ft 11in,weighing 78lbs with a 26-29in chest.

William was posted into the 1st Battalion as a boy and when he came of age in 1906 he was placed on ‘man’s service’. In June 1908 he was appointed Lance Corporal and was promoted to Corporal in 1911.

William married Jane Gardner at St. Saviours Church in Preston on 12th November 1910; and 9 months and a day later she gave birth to their only child.

In 1913, having served for 10 years in the 1st Battalion, he was transferred to the 3rd Reserve Battalion.

He was promoted to Serjeant three weeks after the War broke out in August 1914.

William was transferred back into the 1st Battalion and sailed to join them in the field on 4th January 1915. He died on 2nd March 1915 and his wife was informed at their address 15 Brewery Street, Preston.

Jane received a widows pension of 16- per week for herself and their one child. By 1921 when she received her late husband’s medals she had remarried (Curtis).

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 7024
Date of Death: 02/03/1915
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 493 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 53 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 3
1/5th Battalion: 3
2/5th Battalion: 2

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 5
3rd Battalion: 2
Unknown: 1

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2 Responses to On this day: 2nd March 1915

  1. Derek Topping says:

    Just been to Chocques Military Cemetery, France. CQMS W H Boarder was the husband of Elizabeth Redford, my great Aunt. Whilst there took photos of the graves of William Harry Boarder and Sgt Forrester as they lie side by side, would you be interested in these photos? Also photo of the entry in the Cemetery Register for CQMS Boarder.

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