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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago ten soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were killed in France when a German aeroplane bombed their billets.

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.


War Diary. 6th December 1914; Hazebrouck

At about 09:00AM three bombs were dropped from a German aeroplane, hitting a house within C Company’s billets and wounded 9 men and killed 9 men. Pte Devine died of wounds in hospital later – making total casualties 8 men wounded 10 killed. Several civilians were also wounded and eight killed including two children. The Prince of Wales who was visiting the battalion billets that day expressed his sympathy with the Regiment.


C Company, 1st (Regular) Battalion

8600 Private GEORGE DEVINE
4404 Private WILLIAM DURHAM
10932 Private JOHN FOY
4601 Private THOMAS HACKING
10917 Private THOMAS KELLEHER
1730 Private THOMAS McCANN
1373 Private JAMES PARKINSON
4379 Private MATTHEW PARTINGTON
4599 Private HENRY PEMBERTON
3462 Private WILLIAM ROTHWELL*

* William Rothwell is incorrectly recorded on CWGC website as having died on 16/12/1914. Several entries in his service papers confirm his death was on 06/12 and he was killed in the bomb explosion.


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 402

Regulars
1st Battalion: 340 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
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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