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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago two men of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died. One man died as a prisoner of war in Germany; and another man died at home in the UK.

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.


Private Edgar Augustine ROSE was born, lived and enlisted in Bolton.  He was 19 years 1 month old and had been working as a pawnbrokers assistant when he enlisted into the Territorial Force on 4th September 1914. He joined the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 2461. Edgar died at Bolton Infirmary on 31st March 1915, his next of kin was listed as his father Walter Oliver Rose.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2461
Date of Death: 31/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th 2nd/5th Bn.*
Cemetery: DEANE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

* CWGC incorrectly list him as being part of the 1st/5th Bn.


Lance Corporal Edward LONG was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, however at the time of his enlistment in Preston he was living in South Farnborough, Hants. He had originally enlisted on 21st October 1898 which was shortly before his 21st birthday. In 1910 at Tidworth, Edward re-engaged for a term that would see him complete 21 years service, however he was discharged free in March 1912. When War broke out he was mobilized into the Special Reserve and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion in the field on 27th August 1914. At La Basse on the 22nd December that year Edward was taken prisoner. Lance Corporal Edward Long died of Typhus whilst a prisoner of war in Wittenberg POW camp on 31st March 1915. He had volunteered to work on the wards as an orderly during the well documented endemic.

Edward’s next of kin was noted as his mother, Mrs Jane Long of 22 Vicarage Street, Nottingham.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 5924
Date of Death: 31/03/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 586

Regulars
1st Battalion: 508 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 55 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
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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