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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died as a Prisoner of War in Germany.

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.


4436 Private John William CLARK

John William Clark was born in Oakenshaw near Blackburn. On 24th September 1914, John aged 42 yrs 6 mths, enlisted for 1 years Special Reserve service in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston. John had previously served for nearly 12 years in the Regiment (no 3078) and had since been working as the town postman.

John was posted into D company of the 1st Battalion, and landed in France on 29th November 1914. On 22nd December 1914, John was reported as missing and had been taken as a prisoner of war (POW). He was being held at Wittenberg POW camp. Whilst at the camp, there was a well documented typhoid endemic, which saw John die from this disease. Read the report – The horrors of Wittenberg

John died as a POW on 6th March 1915. His wife, Mrs Elizabeth Clarke of 7 Aspden Street, Preston was notified of her husbands death and awarded a pension of 29/- a week, for her and their six children.

Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment , 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 06/03/1915
Service No: 4436
Cemetery: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY,  XIX. D. 9.

 


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 566

Regulars
1st Battalion: 494 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 54 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
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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